Purple coleslaw, with homemade poppyseed dressing, is a quick, easy salad that’s perfect for BBQ’s! Slaw turns deep purple the longer it refrigerates.Purple coleslaw, with homemade poppyseed dressing, is a quick, easy salad that's perfect for BBQ's! Slaw turns deep purple the longer it refrigerates.
I happen to love coleslaw, and the crunch of the cabbage, and the creamy, slightly sweet dressing. Coleslaw is so easy to make, and I like the way this Purple Coleslaw deepens in it’s purple color the longer it is mixed together. More color on my plate!

It’s easy to go to the produce section and buy pre-shredded coleslaw mixes. Also it is easy to go to the salad dressing section and buy a pre-made coleslaw dressing. Mix them together and poof! Coleslaw. Well, I totally “get” the convenience of it, but I think it’s fun being able to make a great coleslaw using fresh produce. I also enjoy making my own “not out of the bottle” coleslaw dressing.

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Why Does It Turn Purple?

Store bought coleslaw mixes usually have lots of shredded green cabbage, shredded carrots and a teensy,tiny bit of purple cabbage. I like to make my own coleslaw THAT way, but I also love this recipe which adds a much larger amount of purple cabbage.

This larger amount of purple cabbage ultimately colors the dressing purple the longer the coleslaw is mixed together. It’s kinda fun to serve a purple coleslaw, and it’s a breeze to make my own!

How To Make Purple Coleslaw

First you shred two cups of purple cabbage into a large mixing bowl. I use a mandolin, but you can also do this with a cheese grater.

The purple cabbage is shredded on a mandoline or box grater.Shredded purple cabbage in bowl.
Now shred the green cabbage and some carrots into the same bowl.

Green cabbage is shredded on a mandoline or box grater.
Now you will have all the coleslaw veggies in the large mixing bowl. See how EASY that is?

Grated purple and green cabbage, plus carrots in bowl.
Mix these colorful purple coleslaw ingredients together. See how pretty it is already?

Green and purple cabbage, plus carrot shreds are mixed together in large bowl.
Make The Dressing For The Purple Coleslaw

The coleslaw dressing has light mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, poppyseeds, and a little salt, pepper and sugar. Mix these ingredients together in a small bowl. That’s IT!

The poppyseed salad dressing is easy to make for this slaw.
Add the dressing to the bowl with the purple coleslaw, and stir well, to combine.

A poppyseed dressing is added to the purple coleslaw, and mixed in.
Refrigerate The Purple Coleslaw For Best Flavor (And Color)

Cover the coleslaw with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better), so the flavors can come together. When you are ready to serve, give it a good stir, and dig in. Refrigerate leftovers.

NOTE: The longer you keep the purple coleslaw refrigerated (and stirred), the more purple the dressing will become, as the deep purple color from the cabbage mixes with the dressing. It’s kind of a unique touch for a delicious homemade coleslaw.

The longer the purple coleslaw is refrigerated, the deeper the color becomes.
This is a perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s. We really enjoy this great purple coleslaw. Sure hope you will give it a try. Have a great week!

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Purple Coleslaw
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
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Total Time
15 mins

Purple coleslaw, with homemade poppyseed dressing, is a quick, easy salad that's perfect for BBQ's! Slaw turns deep purple the longer it refrigerates.

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: purple coleslaw
Servings: 6 (1/2 cup) servings
Calories Per Serving: 288 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For Coleslaw:
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
For Coleslaw Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Shred green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. Place into a large mixing bowl. Mix well, to combine.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, poppyseeds, and granulated sugar. Mix well, to thoroughly combine.
  3. Add the dressing to the slaw mixture. Stir well until all veggies are coated with dressing. Cover coleslaw with plastic wrap; place in refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour (preferably longer), so that flavors come together and the slaw is very cold.
  4. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Prep time does not include inactive refrigeration time. The longer the cole slaw is refrigerated, the better it is, and the more PURPLE it becomes!

Nutrition Facts
Purple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1995IU40%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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