Coleslaw for Pulled Pork Sandwiches (or for anything, really)

16 oz coleslaw mix (shredded green and red cabbage and carrot)
1 small onion, sliced thinly

for the dressing:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame seed
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth. Toss with the onion and coleslaw mix.

My thoughts:

I had never “cheated” and used coleslaw mix before but on this day I made pulled pork sandwiches made with Georgia-style homemade barbecue sauce, homemade baked beans, homemade rolls and a crumb cake, I felt justified in using some preshredded cabbage. Really the mix wasn’t bad, it was very crisp which was a great foil for the tangy dressing I made. This is a super not-too-sweet-or-wet coleslaw that makes a great sandwich topper or side dish.


  1. Love that you’re recommending these for sandwiches first. Slaw makes a perfect lettuce/dressing addition. Crunchy, tangy and moist. Yum.

  2. I’m going to give this recipe a spin around the kitchen!

  3. Alisa - Frugal Foodie

    I love coleslaw on pulled pork sandwiches or any other sandwiches for that matter!

  4. Ari (Baking and Books)

    That pulled pork photo reminds me of a place my family loves to eat. It’s called the BBQ Pit and pulled pork is right up there on their list of favorite things to eat! Coleslaw on the side too. 🙂

  5. Love the coleslaw for sandwiches. Such a good change from lettuce!

  6. Yum yum yummm! This looks so delicious! I love pulled pork and I am dying to try this recipe!

    Great photos too!

  7. Coleslaw is the best barbecue side dish – it’s creamy and crunch and cold – perfect to complement any hot or spicy barbecue sauce or marinade.

  8. I was planning on making coleslaw to go with some pork ribs, thanks for the excellent timing! (and the recipe!0

  9. I could totally eat it on its own…but oh so good with sandwiches (my favorite food aside from sweets!_.