Tangy Coleslaw For Two

Super quick and easy recipe to make a small batch of coleslaw.

by Kimberly Hickok

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2022: Most of the time I make coleslaw it’s for large family get-togethers, like a barbecue or picnic. Sometimes, though, I just want to make a small batch to go with fish tacos or to serve on a pulled pork sandwich. This tangy coleslaw for two is a recipe for a smaller batch that could work as a side dish or as a condiment.

A small white bowl filled with coleslaw

We grew cabbage in the garden this year instead of Brussels sprouts so we’ve been eating more of it than we normally do.

Cabbage in the garden

When you’ve got a row of cabbage this beautiful, you’ve got to be creative.

Cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables but when you can get it fresh – from your garden or farmers market, the flavor is so much better. Another thing I like about cabbage is that after we harvest the main head, it keeps growing. The subsequent heads are smaller and just as delicious.

Cole slaw or coleslaw is simply a cabbage salad. So you can go crazy and make your cabbage salad however you want. Use your imagination or give this one a try.

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Tangy Coleslaw For Two
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A recipe for a tangy coleslaw that is perfect for two or to put on sandwiches or fish tacos.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups cabbage, grated or cut very thinly (whichever you prefer)
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (use 1 teaspoon if you like yours less tangy)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  1. In a medium sized bowl combine the celery salt, black pepper, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and sugar. Mix well.
  2. Add the cabbage and carrot. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  3. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.

I’d love to hear what you think.

Below are some tools that you might find helpful for making fresh slaw. I have all of these items. I love my knife and the box grater. I purchased both from my local kitchen store. My food processor isn’t anything fancy. I purchased it at WalMart to replace the one I’d had since 1987! My mandolin slicer is from a Pampered Chef party. The key to a good slaw is to make sure that everything is uniformly chopped. That’s why it might be a good idea to use the same tool: grater, food processor or mandolin if you’re making a big batch.

If you don’t have a kitchen shop near you, you can get all of these items on Amazon. To be completely transparent, I should let you know that if you click – and purchase – any of these items on Amazon, I will receive a small commission.

My Favorite Chopping Tools on Amazon

Be sure to let me know your favorite slaw combination in the comments below!

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Elizabeth Brown December 18, 2018 - 7:02 pm

Thanks! I halved it so I could make coleslaw for one! Lol

Karen August 2, 2020 - 5:46 pm

This is perfect, I just wanted coleslaw for 2. Tasted great!

Kimberly Hickok August 6, 2020 - 1:48 pm

So glad you were able to use it!

Carole Skorey March 7, 2021 - 4:57 pm

Waiting to have it in a couple of hours for dinner to go with air-fried chicken strips. All home-made. I can hardly wait.

Kimberly Hickok March 8, 2021 - 8:39 am

Let me know how you like it and if you modified the recipe. Enjoy!

Stacey May 3, 2021 - 5:56 pm

Thanks so much for this smaller version! The fiance and I are having pulled pork sandwiches tonight and I have some leftover cabbage to use up so this is perfect 🙂

Kimberly Hickok May 4, 2021 - 11:24 pm


Peggy S April 21, 2022 - 6:24 pm

WOW!! I’ve never had much luck with Cole slaw… This one hits the spot..PERFECTLY!

Thank you so much!!

Andrea August 14, 2023 - 10:57 am

Very easy to make and delicious! Def will make this again!!

Rose January 28, 2024 - 7:28 pm

You’re a lifesaver! I can never get the amount of dressing right if I’m just making a small batch. This was perfect!

Kimberly Hickok January 29, 2024 - 8:47 am

So glad you liked it!


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