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A white bowl filled with coleslaw with a spoon.
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California Coleslaw

Colorful vegetables and a creamy, lightened up dressing turn a bag of coleslaw mix into this quick and easy California Coleslaw.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 130kcal


  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 ounces 3-color coleslaw (a mixture of green and red cabbage and carrots)
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrot


  • Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, fresh lemon juice (if using), salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the 3-color coleslaw, diced onion, chopped bell peppers, and shredded carrot. Pour about half of the dressing over the top and toss to combine well.
  • Cover and refrigerate the coleslaw and remaining dressing separately for 30 minutes or up to an hour while you prepare the other items on your menu. Toss with as much of the remaining dressing as desired just before serving.


Make Ahead Directions:
To make it up to 24 hours in advance, cover and refrigerate the undressed coleslaw and dressing separately.
Toss the coleslaw with the dressing just before serving.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2582IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg