When it comes to summer BBQs, a great slaw can really steal the show. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or want to mix things up with bold flavors, these 20 slaw recipes are sure to impress. They’re quick, easy, and packed with fresh ingredients, making them perfect for any summer gathering.

A close-up of a colorful cabbage salad with red and green cabbage, chopped green onions, fresh cilantro, and slices of red peppers.
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Irish Coleslaw

Irish Coleslaw. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Made with green and purple cabbage, carrots, red pepper, and jicama, this Irish coleslaw features a creamy yogurt-based vinegar dressing. Great for adding a fresh touch to your summer BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Irish Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe. Photo credit: Or Whatever You Do.

This classic coleslaw with a creamy dressing is perfect as a BBQ side dish or sandwich topping. It’s a versatile and refreshing choice for summer gatherings.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Thai Peanut Chicken Crunch Slaw Salad

Thai Peanut Chicken Crunch Slaw Salad. Photo credit: The Creative Bite.

This Thai peanut chicken crunch slaw is vibrant and flavorful, great for a light meal. Its refreshing crunch makes it perfect for summer BBQs.
Get the Recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken Crunch Slaw Salad

Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw. Photo credit: Blackberry Babe.

This cilantro lime slaw is the perfect side for taco night or as a topping for fish tacos. Its fresh flavors make it a great addition to your BBQ spread.
Get the Recipe: Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

Healthy Napa Cabbage Salad

Healthy Napa Cabbage Salad. Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

Crisp and refreshing, this Napa cabbage salad with a tangy dressing is a quick and easy 5-ingredient side dish for summer BBQs.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Napa Cabbage Salad

Kale Apple Slaw Recipe

Kale Apple Slaw Recipe. Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

This kale apple slaw, with kale, apples, pecans, and vinaigrette, is a quick and colorful dish ready in just 10 minutes. Perfect for adding a crunchy element to your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Kale Apple Slaw Recipe

Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw)

Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw). Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

This lightly pickled Salvadoran cabbage coleslaw (curtido) is quick to make and great served with tacos, pupusas, burgers, and soups. Perfect for summer BBQs.
Get the Recipe: Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw)

Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Lemon Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Lemon Apple Cider Vinaigrette. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Shaved Brussels sprouts with lemon apple cider vinaigrette make a great coleslaw alternative. Perfect as a summer BBQ side.
Get the Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Lemon Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Red Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe

Red Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe. Photo credit: Eat Your Beets.

Crunchy and tangy, this red cabbage coleslaw is colorful and packed with flavor, making it a great addition to your BBQ spread.
Get the Recipe: Red Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe

Chipotle Coleslaw

Chipotle Coleslaw. Photo credit: Panning the Globe.

Traditional coleslaw gets a makeover with a smoky, spicy chipotle dressing. Perfect as a sandwich topper or BBQ side dish.
Get the Recipe: Chipotle Coleslaw

Tangy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Tangy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw. Photo credit: Camp.Grill.Eat..

This tangy cilantro lime coleslaw is great for summer picnics, potlucks, and BBQs. Crunchy and citrusy, it’s a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Get the Recipe: Tangy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Mexican Street Corn Slaw

Mexican Street Corn Slaw. Photo credit: Maricruz Avalos.

This Mexican street corn slaw is sweet, tangy, and has a hint of spiciness. Great for adding a unique touch to your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Slaw

Achara (Filipino Pickled Green Papaya Slaw)

Achara (Filipino Pickled Green Papaya Slaw). Photo credit: The Cinnamon Snail.

Achara, a Filipino green papaya slaw, is sweet, tangy, and spicy. Perfect for serving with grilled foods at your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Achara (Filipino Pickled Green Papaya Slaw)

Radish Slaw

Radish Slaw. Photo credit: Through the Fibro Fog.

Fresh and bright, this crisp radish slaw is colorful and packed with veggies. Quick to make and perfect for a summer BBQ side dish.
Get the Recipe: Radish Slaw

Tropical Mango Coleslaw

Tropical Mango Coleslaw. Photo credit: Through the Fibro Fog.

This tropical mango coleslaw is fun and fruity, perfect for summer picnics, BBQs, and potlucks. It uses an oil-based dressing and comes together in just ten minutes, making it a great addition to your BBQ spread.
Get the Recipe: Tropical Mango Coleslaw

Asian Ramen Coleslaw

Asian Ramen Coleslaw. Photo credit: The Cookin’ Chicks.

This quick and easy Asian Ramen Coleslaw is fast and effortless, leaving everyone craving for seconds. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, making it great for picnics, potlucks, and BBQs.
Get the Recipe: Asian Ramen Coleslaw

Our Favorite Summer Slaw

Our Favorite Summer Slaw. Photo credit: The Slow Roasted Italian.

Our summer slaw is light and flavorful with crisp cabbage and a rainbow of veggies. It’s an easy no-mayo coleslaw that’s perfect for BBQs and summer gatherings.
Get the Recipe: Our Favorite Summer Slaw

Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing

Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing. Photo credit: Debra Klein.

Ginger Miso Dressing turns ordinary cabbage into an extraordinary Summer Slaw. This easy recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for BBQs, potlucks, and picnics.
Get the Recipe: Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing

Purple Cabbage Slaw

Purple Cabbage Slaw (Grilled, Bold & Beautiful). Photo credit: Two Kooks In The Kitchen.

Grilled purple cabbage slaw is super flavorful and doesn’t use mayo. The vibrant colors of cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion, and sesame seeds make it a stunning vegetarian side dish or topping for your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Purple Cabbage Slaw (Grilled, Bold & Beautiful)

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