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Dole Coleslaw Recipe

A quick and easy shortcut to the perfect coleslaw!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 13, 2022
Medically reviewed by
Kirsten Mae Magbanua
Kirsten Mae Magbanua

Medically reviewed by

Kirsten Mae Magbanua

Kirsten Mae Magbanua is a graduating student with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is set to graduate as magna cum laude this coming August 2022. Kirsten has been a consistent honor student throughout her college years and has been a member of an academic organization.
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Dole Coleslaw is a classic side dish for hotdogs, hamburgers, and practically any picnic food. With the perfect amount of creamy and tangy, it’s a versatile salad that never goes out of style.

Dole Coleslaw

Typical coleslaw is made from a combination of mayonnaise, sugar, dry mustard, and lemon juice. The secret to coleslaw’s popularity is that it uses inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients.

This recipe is based on the classic recipe on the back of the Dole brand bagged coleslaw mix. This mix can be found at practically any grocery store and contains shredded carrots and green cabbage.

You might recognize Dole as the famous canned pineapple brand. Dole actually distributes all sorts of products aside from pineapple, including bagged and pre-cut produce like coleslaw mix.

Nobody likes washing and shredding cabbage for coleslaw, so this recipe saves you the trouble. As a plus, this creamy salad also makes a great sandwich filling for burgers and pulled pork!

Easy Tips For Making The Best Dole Coleslaw Recipe

  • Go light on the dressing, or else you’ll end up with soggy coleslaw. I recommend adding little bits of dressing at a time until you reach the desired amount.[/item
  • Make your coleslaw more flavorful by adding ingredients like onion powder, paprika, or garlic powder.[/item
  • Use dry mustard powder, not mustard sauce. The mustard sauce will add extra moisture, which will end up making your coleslaw soggy.

Dole Coleslaw recipe

How To Make Dole Coleslaw Recipe

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time0 min
  • Total Time1h10 min
  • Servings8
  • Yield8

Level: Easy

Chilling: 1 hour




  1. Make the Dressing

    Add sour cream, lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard powder, sugar, and celery seed to a large mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to form a dressing.

  2. Add the Coleslaw Mix

    Add the contents of the bag of Dole coleslaw mix into the bowl.

  3. Combine

    Use the tongs to coat the coleslaw mix with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Chill and Serve!

    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill. This will allow the coleslaw to marinate in the dressing.

    After 1 hour, the coleslaw is ready to serve!

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Dole Coleslaw Variations


A touch of sweetness adds flavor to your coleslaw and complements savory entrees like grilled meats. Fruit is also a way to add a refreshing pop of color!

Dried cranberries are one of my favorite fruit additions because they provide a chewy texture. If you’re making a summery coleslaw, try adding sliced apples, or even bits of pineapple.


You can’t go wrong adding cheese to a salad! Cheese provides a hint of salt and creaminess.

Some of my favorite cheeses to add to classic coleslaw are crumbled blue cheese or shredded orange cheddar.

Aside from adding delicious flavor, cheese also adds protein to your salad!


Nuts add even more crunchiness to coleslaw and provide a rich nutty flavor for contrast.

Slivered almonds are a common choice since they have a delightful creamy flavor. Candied walnuts are also a great choice, especially when paired with dried cranberries.

What To Serve With Dole Coleslaw

Grilled Meats

Fresh, tangy Dole classic coleslaw makes a delicious companion for savory foods like grilled meat. The smoky and salty flavors go great with the subtle sweetness of the mayonnaise dressing.

The crunchy cabbage also adds freshness to rich meats like beef. Some of my favorite meats to pair with coleslaw include BBQ ribs, steak, or grilled chicken.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Coleslaw and pulled pork go hand in hand, for many reasons! Pulled pork sandwiches have a soft melt-in-your-mouth texture, and coleslaw adds the right amount of crunchiness.

The creamy coleslaw dressing also balances out the tangy tomato barbecue sauce. You can serve coleslaw on the side, or add it right to the sandwich—it’s up to you!

Potato Salad

If you’re serving up a picnic, you can be assured that coleslaw goes well with other sides like potato salad. Though both have creamy dressings, they have completely different textures that complement each other.

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Storage Instructions

Place any leftover Dole Coleslaw into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Due to the creamy dressing, this recipe doesn’t freeze well. Dairy tends to separate in the freezer, so it’s always best to make this recipe fresh.

If you want to freeze coleslaw to cut down on prep time, opt for recipes with vinegar-based dressings. These types of dressings won’t separate when you freeze them.

Just beware that freezing any vegetables will cause them to soften. So frozen coleslaw won’t be crunchy when you thaw it.

Nutrition Tips

It’s always a healthy choice to include salads with your lunches or dinners. Salads with vegetables and fruits are a great source of nutrients and fiber.

Dole Coleslaw contains green cabbage and carrots, both extremely nutritious vegetables. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, which helps build strong bones.

Carrots are well known for their high vitamin A content. Vitamin A helps maintain good eyesight, and also strengthens your immune system.

Pre-packaged vegetables such as Dole Coleslaw mix do lose a bit of their nutritional value over time. In fact, any vegetable will lose nutrients over time, so this is something to consider.

Although this recipe is quite healthy due to the number of vegetables, it could be healthier with less fat. Try swapping out some of the mayonnaise for vinegar to reduce the fat and saturated fat content. – Kirsten Mae Magbanua, RND

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 113Calories
  • 7.3g Fat
  • 10.5g Carbs
  • 1.7gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat7.3g 9%
Saturated Fat2g 10%
Cholesterol8mg 3%
Sodium278mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate10.5g 4%
Dietary Fiber2.2g 8%
Total Sugars5.1g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium63mg 5%
Iron1mg 4%
Potassium31mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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