Buttermilk Coleslaw Recipe

A cool, creamy, and crunchy coleslaw is a must have recipe for the summer cookout season. It’s the perfect side to have with burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, or fried chicken.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

But much like potato salad, I find many coleslaw recipes to be a little lacking. Some produce soggy coleslaw that’s swimming in a watery liquid. Some are too sweet, some too dry. It can be difficult to get just the right combination of sweetness and tang. Creaminess and crunch.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

This Buttermilk Coleslaw recipe from Cook’s Country is a recipe I find myself using again and again. As its base, it has the coleslaw trifecta: mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. This combo produces plenty of creaminess, plus a little tang from the buttermilk and sour cream.

Two tablespoons of sugar add the perfect amount of sweetness.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

It’s tempting to use preshredded cabbage to make coleslaw, but for this recipe be sure to shred your own cabbage. It really produces a superior tasting coleslaw. To make quick business of shredding the cabbage, you can use your food processor. Just be sure not to overdo it. Or you can thinly slice it with a knife. It really doesn’t take much time and there’s less clean-up.

The cabbage is salted and left to sit in a colander for 1 hour. This removes some of the moisture content from the cabbage and helps prevent the leftover coleslaw from getting runny. It also helps the cabbage retain some crunch.

All in all, this is an excellent basic coleslaw recipe that will help round out just about any summer menu.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

Buttermilk Coleslaw Recipe
Prep Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs
A creamy and delicious coleslaw with just the right amount of sweetness.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Toss cabbage with 1 teaspoon salt in colander set over bowl. Let sit for about 1 hour. (Cabbage will look wilted.)
  2. Rinse cabbage well under cold water. Drain and place on paper towel. Once dry place in a large bowl. Add carrots and green onions.
  3. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients and add to cabbage. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source: Cook's Country Magazine

Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Coleslaw Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Having a Cookout? Check out this Best Way to Make Corn on the Cob video!


19 thoughts on “Buttermilk Coleslaw Recipe

  1. I totally agree that it’s hard to find a coleslaw recipe with that perfect balance of flavors! Will have to give this one a try. There’s nothing like a cold, crisp coleslaw in the summer πŸ™‚

  2. I love Cook’s Country recipes and I love your recipes too…so I have no doubt that this will be my go-to coleslaw recipe once I try it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *