A simple recipe for coleslaw is to place a bag of coleslaw mix and a bottle of coleslaw dressing into a bowl and mix the ingredients together. For best results, the cook should chill the dressed coleslaw for 4 to 5 hours in the refrigerator so the flavors blend.
Most coleslaw recipes start with shredded cabbage and include chopped, slivered or shaved carrots. The differences in coleslaw are typically based on the chosen dressing. Occasionally raisins, apple slices or nuts are added to coleslaw. Bags of pre-made coleslaw mix are available in most produce sections.
A vinegar-based dressing involves mixing 1/4 cup each of vegetable oil, vinegar and sugar. The cook dresses the coleslaw and allows to chill for 2 to 4 hours.
Ranch, honey-mustard and Russian coleslaw is made using a bottle of either ranch, honey-mustard or Russian salad dressing to dress the coleslaw.
An apple coleslaw variation uses 3 cups of chopped cabbage, 1 red apple, 1 granny smith apple, 2 diced green onions, 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper and 1 grated carrot added to a salad bowl. A mixture of 1/3 cup of mayonnaise, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice is whisked together and poured over the fruits and vegetables.
Coleslaw can be served in a variety of ways, including as a main dish salad by adding leftover meat or fish, and cooked peas. Add the coleslaw to a grilled sandwich or wrap, such as barbecue pork or corned beef. Coleslaw can also be used as a topping for hot dogs or sausages, tacos or grilled meat.