Pickle Slaw

If you love traditional coleslaw, try this pickle slaw! Made with pickle juice in place of the vinegar, it makes a fantastic addition to pulled pork sandwiches and fish tacos. Serve it alongside your backyard summer favorites!

Pickle coleslaw with pickles, green cabbage, and carrots in a bowl
Nick Evans

This recipe originally featured in Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

This is a twist on the classic coleslaw. Rather than use vinegar, I use a little pickle juice to give my slaw some tang and stir in some chopped pickles as well. It cuts through the richness of a BBQ chicken sandwich!

A plate with pickles, chips and shredded bbq chicken sandwich with pickle slaw and topped with bbq sauce. A second plate with two sandwiches and sarrano mayo are behind the plate.
Nick Evans

The Best Cabbage for Slaw

For this recipe, we use green cabbage. You'll need about half of a medium head. (Use the rest of it to make any of these recipes!)

Double the Pickle, Double the Fun!

In addition to using pickle juice in place of the traditional vinegar for this slaw, we also add about a half-cup of chopped pickles. It's like a coleslaw and a pickle relish all in one!

Ways To Use This Slaw

Besides the aforementioned BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, serve this slaw on top of fish tacos or hot dogs, or alongside burgers, grilled steak, or grilled fish.

Make-Ahead Instructions

This slaw can be made up to 2 days in advance. It will also keep for up to 5 days, but the texture diminishes over time.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Pickle Slaw

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup pickle juice

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/2 green cabbage, thin shredded (about 4 cups)

  • 2 medium carrots, grated (about 1 cup)

  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the mayo, pickle juice, and sugar:

    In a mixing bowl, whisk the mayo, pickle juice and sugar until combined.

  2. Add the cabbage, carrots, and pickles:

    Stir in the cabbage, carrots and pickles.

  3. Taste and season:

    Taste the slaw. Season to your liking with salt and pepper. Slaw can be made a day or two in advance with no problem.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
131 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 29mg 145%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 203mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.