Easy 5-Minute Coleslaw with Bagged Slaw Mix

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Bowl of coleslaw on wood background

This quick, easy coleslaw recipe is made with bagged slaw mix. It’s creamy, sweet, and a little tangy.

If you are looking for an easy side dish to take to a party, this is it!!

The hardest thing you have to do is measure out some ingredients for the sauce, mix it all together, and throw it in the fridge. The best part… it tastes better after marinating so it’s the perfect side dish to make ahead of time.

Coleslaw ingredients in bowl

If you like smaller pieces in your cole slaw or don’t want everything that comes in a bag mix, it doesn’t take too much more time to make it all from scratch. I would replace the bag mix with 3 cups of shredded cabbage, 1 cup of purple cabbage, and 1 whole carrot. If you want to do all purple or all green cabbage, go with 4 cups of whichever you choose. The dressing recipe stays the same.

Coleslaw in bowl on wood background after marinating

What do you serve with Coleslaw?

Coleslaw is the perfect side dish to go with burgers, hot dogs, ribs, pulled pork, etc. It’s great for BBQs.

It’s also great on sandwiches like pulled pork and reubens.

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Easy Coleslaw with Bagged Slaw Mix

This is a super easy coleslaw recipe using bagged slaw mix. It is a great make-ahead dish for your next get together.

Course Side Dish
Keyword coleslaw, easy coleslaw, easy side dish, make ahead meals, party sides
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 bag 16 oz. coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • optional: salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put everything in a medium bowl except the bag of slaw mix and whisk together.

  2. Add the bag of slaw mix to the liquid mixture and stir to coat.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours but up to 24 hours. Stir perodically just to make sure everything is staying coated in the liquid mixture.

Recipe Notes

  1.  If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, regular vinegar will work.
  2.  If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add 1 TBSP of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 10 minutes.  
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