Cookout-Ready Coleslaw Recipes

The Best Coleslaw Dishes

There is so much that can be done with coleslaw that most people simply don't think about. Coleslaw is a traditional sandwich topping in barbecue as well as a side dish. This is truly a versatile salad that can be rich and creamy or light and healthy. These recipes provide almost unlimited opportunity to try out a great coleslaw.

  • 01 of 09
    Pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw
    Simple Slaw. Thomas Barwick/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    Traditional Carolina barbecue was topped with coleslaw long before anyone thought to put tomatoes and lettuce on a burger -- before there were burgers, in fact. This simple coleslaw recipe is perfect for topping off a barbecue sandwich (or even as a side dish). The classic coleslaw ingredients provide the perfect combination of tangy flavors to make to great barbecue.

  • 02 of 09
    Coleslaw on BBQ sandwich
    Sandwich Slaw.

    This barbecue sandwich slaw is dryer than most, making it a perfect topping. The flavors are well balanced, making for a great side dish as well.

  • 03 of 09
    Molly Watson

    Think cole slaw needs mayonnaise? Nope. Classic creamy cole slaw uses a bit of cream and malt vinegar (whose acidic nature naturally thickens the cream to dressing-like consistency) to dress shredded cabbage. 

  • 04 of 09
    Everything Slaw
    Everything Slaw. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Not only is this coleslaw colorful, but very flavorful as well. The tartness of the Granny Smith apple combined with honey and Dijon mustard makes this slaw truly unique! 

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  • 05 of 09
    South Carolina Coleslaw
    South Carolina Coleslaw. Joe Cicak/Getty Images

    Another dryer coleslaw that is perfect for sandwiches. This one contains bell pepper and sweet onion so the flavors are great for topping off a pulled pork sandwich. The dressing is sweet and tart. Make it early so the flavors can blend.

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    Napa Cabbage Coleslaw
    Napa Cabbage Coleslaw. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images

    Drawing heavily from Asian-inspired flavors, this coleslaw is a wonderful side for any grilled dish. Try it out next time you grill chicken, pork, or beef flank steaks.

  • 07 of 09
    Granny Smith Apple Slaw
    Granny Smith Apple Slaw. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This lively coleslaw has a bite from the tart apples making it better than most slaws. There is no cabbage in this salad, so it isn't a traditional coleslaw, but it is delicious nonetheless.

  • 08 of 09
    Lexington Coleslaw
    Lexington Coleslaw. Iain Bagwell/Getty Images

    This is a traditional Lexington, North Carolina coleslaw recipe. It combines cabbage, cider vinegar, and ketchup to make a flavorful slaw that goes perfectly with barbecue pork or chicken. Pile it up as a side dish or put it on the top of a perfect barbecue sandwich.

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  • 09 of 09
    Creamy Dijon Coleslaw
    Creamy Dijon Coleslaw. Bill Arce/Getty Images

    A refreshing and creamy coleslaw that works well on pulled pork sandwiches or served as a side dish. This recipe has the classic combination of flavors and then layers in more to make it a fantastic side dish for any cookout.