Recipe for Making Coleslaw With Mayo

Updated on August 4, 2020
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Recipe for homemade coleslaw with mayonnaise
Recipe for homemade coleslaw with mayonnaise

Recipe for Homemade Coleslaw With Mayo

In this article, I will show you how to make a traditional homemade coleslaw. I have included step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos so you can easily follow this recipe. You will also find ideas for how to make sandwiches with this coleslaw, including my recipe for ham, beef and cheese salad sandwiches.


  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Spring Onions
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Cut up the cabbage into strips and then turn around and cut up again. This will give you finally chopped pieces of cabbage.
  2. Cut the ends off the carrots and peel.
  3. Cut the carrots in half. Slice them length ways, and then cut them into tiny squares.
  4. Mix the cut cabbage and carrots together.
  5. Peel the spring onions and cut off the end where the roots are. Be careful to keep as much of the bulb as you can. Use all the bulb and the green stalks, these are both delicious so do not waste them.
  6. Cut them into small pieces and add to the cabbage and carrots.

Now you have the basic ingredients for coleslaw. Two members of my family prefer this on its own. Take out whatever amount you need for each portion and put aside.

  1. Add the mayonnaise to the basic coleslaw. I use a spoon and then mix it well in, making sure all the vegetables are covered.

Recipe for Traditional Coleslaw
Recipe for Traditional Coleslaw | Source

Optional Vegetables


  1. Cut off two large pieces of celery and wash under the tap.
  2. Cut them length ways into three long pieces.
  3. Cut the celery sticks into small squares pieces.
  4. Add to the basic mix.

Cauliflower or Broccoli

  1. Take off a few florets of cauliflower or broccoli and run under the tap.
  2. Cut them up into very small pieces.
  3. Add to the basic mix.

Green Beans

  1. Clean the beans under the tap and cut into small pieces.
  2. Add to the basic mix.
  3. Once you have decided which vegetables you want to add to the coleslaw then you can add the mayonnaise.

I find it is always best to make the coleslaw and leave in the fridge at least an hour before you are ready to make the salad sandwiches. This gives the ingredients time to settle and the flavors to combine together.

My Ingredients for coleslaw
My Ingredients for coleslaw | Source

Recipe for Coleslaw With Mayo

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Ham, Beef and Cheese Salad Sandwiches

  1. Butter your bread, muffins or baps and add the ham, cheese or beef.
  2. Then add the coleslaw.
  3. Wrap in sandwich bags with the name of the person on it.
  4. Once all the sandwiches are made put them in another larger bag and leave in the fridge.
  5. Take them out of the fridge when you are ready to leave for that walk in the park or up the mountain with your homemade picnic sandwiches.

Coleslaw salad sandwiches
Coleslaw salad sandwiches | Source

Questions & Answers

  • Is mayonnaise the only sauce needed to make traditional creamy coleslaw?

    Yes, I use only mayo to mix in with the vegetables because it really brings out the flavor. But if you prefer, you can also include sour cream, vinegar, or sugar for the dressing. Whatever recipe suits your taste is fine.


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    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Very helpful - I'm just going to use your recipe now for my lunch - thanks

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      L M Reid 

      5 months ago from Ireland

      Thank you Michelle, yes homemade coleslaw really tastes great on sandwiches. It is so easy to make as well.

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      Michele Lynn White 

      12 months ago

      Good recipe

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      There is nothing like eating your own homemade coleslaw on sandwiches at a picnic. But as Patty has demonstrated care must be taken that all food is kept cool before eating. We bring two ice bars from the freezer and put the food in a special cooler bag too.

      Thank you Patty, ishwary and rebecca for taking the time to leave a comment. And for the votes and sharing it is appreciated

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These picnic food ideas look just wonderful. I love cole slaw on hot dogs. I have never considered putting green onions in it, but I think I will try it!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      I remember that I ate veggie burgers with coleslaw and it was indeed yummy! Your coleslaw and sandwich recipes sound healthy and delicious. These recipe ideas are ideal ideas for picnics. The photos look very appetizing! An engaging read. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These look incredibly delicious, but a friend died one August from eating mayonnaise on a picnic in the sun, because of bacteria forming in the raw eggs in mayo. We use vinegar instead of mayo in hot weather for taking out of doors in July and August. Will try your recipes though!

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Yes making your own sandwiches is always nicer. Like you say Thelma we can put on whatever we like to eat and create tasty masterpieces lol

      Thanks for the share and votes

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you for sharing. I love coleslaw and self-made sandwiches as I can put whatever I like. Voted up and useful.

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      There is nothing nicer than a salad and egg sandwich on a summers day

      Thanks for reading and votes

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      Chris Achilleos 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these great recipes. Very useful hub :) Voted up!

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Spring time is also a lovely time of year for a picnic. And when you have great homemade sandwiches and scones it is always a pleasure.

      Thank you Brett for taking the time to leave a comment and for sharing

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      Brett C 

      8 years ago from Asia

      Good simple recipes. I can't remember the last time I went on a picnic. May have to make the effort soon, it is nice during the summer.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Fiddleman, that is the beauty of homemade coleslaw you can add whatever veg you like. Everyone in my family also love to see it for lunch too. Thanks for leaving a comment and sharing

      FordeAhern, Thank you for your kind comment and your votes.

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      8 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      I just love your hub. Well done. will bookmark it. voted up and useful

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      8 years ago

      Great recipe and my wife adds cucumbers, tomatoes, and sometimes green peppers to her cole slaw. It is a big hit for our family. Thanks for sharing.


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