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Caesar Coleslaw

In this recipe, coleslaw meets Caesar salad for a new take on the classic creamy side dish. They’re really a natural fit for each other. Both are crunchy salads coated in mayonnaise based dressings.

Caesar Coleslaw

A Caesar salad is one of my favorite salads and there’s a reason it never goes out of style. It’s just plain good food. I don’t make Caesar salads often at home, but I’m always tempted to order them at restaurants.

Caesar Coleslaw

To make this coleslaw Caesar-style, I’ve added minced anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and garlic to a mixture of mayonnaise and sour cream. Parmesan cheese really ups the flavor and grape tomatoes and green onions add color while croutons sprinkled on top add crunch and a little texture contrast.

Psst.  You can’t really taste the anchovies and if you have members of your family who dislike anchovies, just don’t tell them they’re there and they’ll never know. It will be our little secret 😉

Caesar Coleslaw

In my opinion, coleslaw is one food that must be homemade. Store bought coleslaw is wretched for the most part. Although, I will admit I enjoy a couple of bites of KFC coleslaw every now and then. But I don’t really think of it as coleslaw. It’s more like sugary crunchy stuff.

Caesar Coleslaw

At a picnic or BBQ, coleslaw hardly ever stands out from the crowd, but this Caesar Coleslaw will. It’s a little something different with a kick from the Parmesan and garlic. Any Caesar Salad fan will enjoy it whether they are a fan of coleslaw or not.

Caesar Coleslaw

I think I like this Caesar Coleslaw even more than regular coleslaw. It would be a great accompaniment to a Bloody Mary Skirt Steak or hamburgers. And if you’re looking for more interesting coleslaw recipes, try this Pineapple Macadamia Coleslaw. I love it on grilled chicken sandwiches.

Caesar Coleslaw

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Caesar Coleslaw

Caesar Coleslaw

Caesar Salad style coleslaw with Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, croutons, and a dressing flavored with anchovies, garlic, and lemon juice.
PREP: 1 hour 10 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 anchovies, finely minced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed through a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium head of Savoy Cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 cup croutons


  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, anchovies, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.
  • Add cabbage, tomatoes, and green onion. Toss to coat, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  • Mix in Parmesan cheese and croutons just before serving. Check to see if any salt needs to be added. It will probably be salty enough from the cheese and anchovies, but you may want to add a pinch or two.


Calories: 172kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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12 thoughts on “Caesar Coleslaw”

  1. This sounds great & am making today! I don’t have tomatoes but I do have carrots. Would substituting shredded carrot work, or ruin it?

  2. Wow! Beautiful pictures.. I wrote up a coleslaw recipe recently but this one goes the extra mile and then some!

  3. This is one creative coleslaw/Ceasar! I love coleslaw so much because it’s so crunchy, and this really does sound like a match made in heaven. Great idea, Christin! 🙂

  4. This is SUCH a fun spin on coleslaw!! I agree – I much prefer making coleslaw at home … and this absolutely needs to be tried out at our house!

  5. “Caesar Coleslaw” – what a lovely marriage of coleslaw and Cesar salad! Simply BRILLIANT idea!

  6. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    What a great idea to combine Caesar salad and coleslaw! I would never have thought to combine the two – genius! This looks like the perfect summer side dish, and I can imagine that the crunchy cabbage would be so satisfying and refreshing with barbeque.

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