Mustard Coleslaw: A Tangy Twist on a Classic Side

Coleslaw—a staple side dish at picnics, barbecues, and family gatherings. But forget the bland, mayo-laden versions you’ve encountered. Let’s take a flavorful detour with our Mustard Coleslaw recipe! Tangy, crunchy, and utterly addictive, this coleslaw will have you reaching for seconds (and thirds).


  • 1 small bag of coleslaw mix
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 3 thinly sliced radishes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix the Dressing:

    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper until well combined. The mustard seeds will add a delightful crunch and zing to the dressing.
  2. Toss with Coleslaw Mix:

    • Add the coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) to the dressing. Toss everything together until the veggies are well coated. The vibrant colors will make your coleslaw pop!
  3. Incorporate Radishes:

    • Thinly slice the radishes and add them to the coleslaw. Their peppery flavor and crisp texture complement the mustard dressing beautifully.
  4. Chill and Marinate:

    • Refrigerate your mustard coleslaw until needed. The flavors will meld together, creating a harmonious balance of tanginess and sweetness.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:

    • Bring out your mustard coleslaw alongside grilled meats, sandwiches, or as a refreshing side for any meal. It’s the perfect accompaniment to summer days and backyard feasts.

Why Mustard Coleslaw?

  • Bright and Bold: The mustard seeds and rice vinegar add a zesty kick, waking up your taste buds.
  • Lighter Alternative: Say goodbye to heavy mayo-based coleslaws. This version is lighter, fresher, and more vibrant.
  • Texture Galore: The combination of shredded cabbage, carrots, and radishes ensures a satisfying crunch in every bite.

Customize Your Coleslaw

Feel free to get creative with your mustard coleslaw:

  • Add Color: Throw in some purple cabbage or bell peppers for extra visual appeal.
  • Spice It Up: A pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce will give your coleslaw a fiery twist.
  • Herb Garden: Fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or chives can elevate the flavor profile.

Final Thoughts

Mustard coleslaw is not your average side dish—it’s a flavor-packed adventure waiting to be devoured. So grab your fork, dig in, and let the tangy magic unfold!

Remember: Life’s too short for bland coleslaw.

Note: Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences. Happy crunching! 🥕🥬🍽️

The recipe in this post was created by David Huston, and I used AI to help create this post.
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