5 Ingredient Coleslaw

By Rachel Tiemeyer
January 5, 2022

Looking for a go-to, easy coleslaw recipe for pulled pork or any other BBQ, grilled, or baked meat? This is it! It’s creamy, slightly sweet and tangy, and has a little punch from green onion and black pepper. You’ll make this dairy-free, healthier coleslaw again and again!

Overhead shot of coleslaw in a glass bowl

About Our Coleslaw Recipe

Not only is this coleslaw recipe simple–only 5 main ingredients, but it’s healthier than most creamy coleslaw recipes. That’s because it’s dairy-free since we didn’t use buttermilk or sour cream. We also used less mayo than most recipes, and we opted for honey instead of white sugar.

You won’t miss all that mayo or dairy, because the balance of flavors are SO darn good here. I keep it in the fridge and eat on it for days at a time with leftover rotisserie chicken or a sandwich for lunch. It just gets better and better.

Closeup of Coleslaw for pulled pork

How to Make Coleslaw

This recipe is SO easy peasy. Simple whip together the coleslaw dressing in a large mixing bowl.

Keep in mind, if you like yours a bit creamier, add a bit more mayonnaise in this step.

Coleslaw dressing being mixed together

After that is ready, toss it with a bag of coleslaw mix and some diced green onions. THAT. IS. IT.

Coleslaw for pulled pork in a glass bowl

The Perfect Coleslaw for Pulled Pork

This coleslaw recipe pairs well with (or on top of) Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken Sliders, and BBQ Beef Sandwiches.

Because it’s on the lighter side (less mayo than a typical store-bought recipe) it doesn’t drown out the delicious flavors of the recipe you might be putting it on. This is why we really like this coleslaw for pulled pork recipes.

BBQ beef sandwich with coleslaw on the side

It would also go well with our Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Baby Boiled Potatoes on the side. Yum!

How Long Does Coleslaw Last in the Fridge?

While we recommend letting this recipe hang out in the fridge for a bit (the flavors get better over time), you will want to eat it all up in 3-5 days. After that, the veggies might start to deteriorate.

Can I Freeze Coleslaw

Pulling from over a decade of freezer cooking experience, I’d advise you to not freeze coleslaw. After it thaws, it would be soggy and lack the crunchy texture that people love about it.

Coleslaw for pulled pork in a glass bowl

Other Side Dishes You’ll Love

If you like this coleslaw, here are some other faves that go with pulled pork or any other BBQ, roasted, or grilled meat:


5 Ingredient Coleslaw (for Pulled Pork)

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 (1 cup) servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Looking for an easy, creamy coleslaw that goes well with pulled pork or any other BBQ, grilled, or roasted meat? This is it! It’s creamy, slightly sweet and tangy, and has a little punch from green onion and black pepper. You’ll make this healthier (and dairy-free) coleslaw again and again!


  • 1/3 cup real mayonnaise (my favorite is Avocado Mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (sub: sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of coleslaw mix (cabbage with carrots)


  1. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, honey, green onions, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix and stir until well combined.
  3. Let sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving (the flavors get better. Be sure to taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your preference before serving. 


Want it creamier? Try using 1/2 cup of mayo instead.

You can also add in 1 teaspoon of celery seed if you want a more traditional southern style coleslaw.

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4 replies
  1. Howard says:

    I just made this and thought I would chime in. I had a 2lb bag of mix so I had to double everything which was very easy to do with these measurements. I didn’t have avocado mayo so I used half mayo and half home made guacamole. The apple cider vinegar and the honey are spot on. This may be the best coleslaw I’ve made in a long time. Did not use the green onions but that’s just a preference. All my future coleslaws will be made with this dressing.

    • Rachel Tiemeyer says:

      There are different versions at the store oftentimes, but I like the one that has green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. (I don’t like broccoli slaw personally, but that’s an option too.)