Crispy & Simple Coleslaw Recipe

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Have you ever gone for years thinking you didn’t like a food dish and then discovered a new recipe of that dish that you find you adore? I went 30 years of my life thinking that I really, really, really didn’t like coleslaw. Then the sun rose one day, the birds came out to sing, the flowers all bloomed and I tried my aunt’s crispy, tangy simple coleslaw recipe. 

overhead view of coleslaw in large white bowl on blue and white checked tablecloth

On that glorious day, I discovered that all those years what I hadn’t liked was soggy, mayonnaise-y coleslaw but I do love crispy, tangy, vinegar-y coleslaw. Lo-ooove it.

coleslaw on hamburger with fries on white plate

Have you ever tried coleslaw on your hamburger? My aunt’s crispy, tangy coleslaw is delicious, really fresh and delicious on a hamburger. Give it a try and you’ll be a coleslaw-on-the-hamburger fan, too.

overhead view of shredded cabbage in white bowl next to cup of dressing

You can make this simple coleslaw recipe in less than five minutes. You can serve the coleslaw immediately after you make it and it will be extra crispy. But it’s best to put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 6 hours or more to allow the coleslaw to really absorb all the flavors.

Simple Coleslaw Recipe


1 12 oz. Bag of Prepared Broccoli Coleslaw Mix – Approximately 4 Cups

3/4 Cup Vinegar

2/3 Cup Canola Oil

1 Tsp Sugar

3/4 Tsp Dry Mustard

1 Tsp Celery Seed

close up of green, purple and orange ingredients of coleslaw in white bowl on blue and white checked tablecloth

Place the vinegar, canola oil, sugar, dry mustard and celery seed in a microwaveable bowl. Mix well and microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes until the liquid boils. Pour the liquid mixture over the coleslaw vegetables. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 6 hours (for crispier coleslaw refrigerate for less time).

close up of green, purple and orange ingredients of coleslaw on blue and white checked tablecloth

This simple coleslaw recipe is perfect with your summer barbecues, cookouts and especially hamburgers (trust me). I also serve the crispy coleslaw with many Asian inspired dishes that I make, like Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbeque Pork and Hawaiian Barbecue Veggie Burgers. 

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  1. Wow, this looks really yummy! I too don’t like the cole slaws that are filled with a lot of mayo. This one looks perfect for summer or any time. I have not tried it on a burger – not too sure about that one!

    1. I’m with you, Cynthia, I’m not a fan of mayonnaise-y coleslaw. Trust me, try tangy coleslaw on your burger and you’ll love it

  2. You must have some of the south in you….Coleslaw on hot dogs and hamburgers is the thing where I came from. people look at me like I’m nuts but it’s the bomb. I like your recipe…I’m partial to the broccoli slaw and it has to be dressed with vinegar and oil.

    1. I just love the tangy, crispy combo on almost anything. 🙂 I’m with you, Monica, I’m a fan of broccoli slaw, too.

  3. This looks great and easy to make! I’ll have to whip some up next time my husband is grilling burgers!

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  4. Oh – this cole slaw looks great! I love mine crispy and tangy as well. It makes all the difference in the world. I am going to have to try this recipe. I love cole slaw with barbeque.

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