How to Make Creamy Summer Coleslaw

Creamy Summer Coleslaw

Coleslaw must be one of the most popular Summer salads and you really cannot beat the homemade one. My Creamy Summer Coleslaw has couple of extra ingredients added for some crunch and a bit of colour, all covered in most delicious creamy dressing! Perfect picnic, potluck and bbq accompaniment!

Don’t you just love the freshness and crunch of good coleslaw. There are many versions of it out there. Some super creamy, some without any mayo at all, some loaded with added cheese…

I must admit I used to buy coleslaw for years mainly due to convenience (although it only takes 15 min or even less to make your own)! However, as of January this year myself and hubby decided to drastically reduce the use of plastic in our house which meant I had to put stop to shop bought coleslaw for good. I can tell you that it was one of the easiest swaps I’ve made! πŸ™‚

Creamy Summer Coleslaw

This Creamy Summer Coleslaw is one of my new favourites including beautiful crunchy radishes and thinly sliced new season mini cucumber (of course you can use regular salad cucumber here). It’s so fresh, vibrant and delicious! I find creamy dressing always the winner with any variant of the coleslaw I make but make sure you use really good quality, full fat mayonnaise to make it taste its best. As they say, everything in moderation is fine and my creamy dressing really makes this simple salad!

Creamy Summer Coleslaw

One of our favourite and super simple mid-week family meals is our “Sausage Dog Dinner” named lovingly by our two huge hot dogs lovers lol (rest assured no actual sausage dogs have ever been harmed or eaten in our house) lol. πŸ˜‰ All you need is a pack of good quality sausages of your choice, brioche hot dog buns, Creamy Summer Coleslaw (as per this very recipe) and of course other sides and condiments of your liking. Et voila! Quick, easy and delicious!

You can also try this coleslaw with my Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Turkey RollsRoast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots or my scrumptious Mini Pork Meatloaves with Courgette.

It will also go beautifully as a part of lovely picnic or potluck spread including Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with PestoSmoked Mackerel Quiche with Horseradish or super simple Cheese Straws. The choice is yours!

5 from 5 votes
Creamy Summer Coleslaw
How to Make Creamy Summer Coleslaw
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

One of the most popular summer salads with a twist! Think crunchy radishes and cucumber together with the regular coleslaw suspects, all covered in creamy mustard dressing. Yum!

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: coleslaw
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 142 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 1 quarter small white cabbage (approx 200g) thinly shredded
  • 2 carrots (approx 150g) coarsely grated
  • 1 bunch of radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 mini cucumber (approx 100g) thinly sliced
  • half a small bunch of chives thinly sliced or snipped with scissors
  • 4 Tbsp good quality mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Prepare all vegetables as per instructions above. Put them all in a large bowl (except for chives) and give it all a good mix with your hands. 

  2. Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Taste and season with salt and pepper. 

  3. Pour prepared dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Sprinkle with majority or all of chopped chives (leaving a sprinkle for garnish if you want) and give it one more quick mix. If you have time let the coleslaw stand for a bit to allow for the flavours to mingle but it's not necessary. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to use regular salad cucumber in this coleslaw.Β 

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  • Reply Amanda | Icing Insight

    This looks so delicious! I can’t believe I never thought about adding cucumber to coleslaw before, it sounds like a match made in heaven! πŸ™‚ xo

    June 19, 2018 at 6:09 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Amanda! πŸ™‚ I know what you mean, I never would have thought of it until recently and it works really well, same with radishes. πŸ™‚ xx

      June 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    My husband is a big fan of creamy coleslaws and he’d love this recipe! I love the fact it’s got radishes and cucumber in as well as the more traditional ingredients. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    June 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Corina! πŸ™‚ I thought that adding extra seasonal veggies would make it that bit more colourful and extra delicious too πŸ™‚ x

      June 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    I have only made my own coleslaw once many years ago, it was delicious, you have now inspired me to make it again #brillblogs@_karendennis
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    June 21, 2018 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    Your coleslaw is gorgeous, Jo! I love the addition of the radish and cucumberβ€”the perfect fresh crunch for a summer salad!

    June 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Michelle! πŸ™‚ It’s the colour, it’s the crunch, we all really love this jazzed up coleslaw! πŸ˜‰ x

      June 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Monika Dabrowski

    Looks lovely and refreshing! Thank you for bringing your recipe to #CookBlogShare!

    June 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Monika! πŸ™‚ It definitely is refreshing and goes with so many things too. πŸ™‚

      June 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Claire Rocks

    this would be great as part of a bbq. ive pinned for later #brillblogposts

    June 23, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Claire 😊 This one is our new bbq favourite!

      June 24, 2018 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    This sounds amazing!! love that you’ve added radishes into the mix. Never thought of adding them to coleslaw before but I can see how that would work brilliantly!! Eb x
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    June 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Eb! πŸ™‚ Adding radishes was my little lightbulb moment and I was super pleased with it. I eat radishes a lot and love them so have no idea why oh why I never thought of this before lol. One of those things πŸ˜‰ x

      June 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Bother I meant to give this 5***s but the computer glitched out on me and unstarred it. Here you go!!
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    June 25, 2018 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Liz

    Love the crunch and coolness those items add. Thank you for bringing this twist to traditional coleslaw to FF.

    June 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you for stopping by Liz! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like my twist on coleslaw. πŸ™‚

      June 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Angie | Fiesta Friday

    Love coleslaw! Unfortunately I’m the only one who does at home, what’s wrong with my family?! πŸ˜„ Maybe next time I make it, I’ll add cucumbers and radishes too. Maybe that’ll be the game changer πŸ˜„

    June 29, 2018 at 3:13 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Angie! πŸ™‚ Me and the hubby can eat it pretty much everyday and eat lots, kids are not so keen though (she rolls her eyes), they don’t know what they’re missing! One day…

      June 29, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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