Dill Pickle Coleslaw

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If you need a tasty side dish for your bbq, this dill pickle coleslaw is it! Perfect for pickle lovers everything, this zesty slaw is delicious on top of burgers, pulled pork, or on its own.

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Dill Pickle Coleslaw

This pickle slaw recipe is simple and doesn’t take much prep work. I used a bagged coleslaw mix, whisked the dressing ingredients together, and then tossed.

It took two minutes, which is perfect, because who has time to spend 30 minutes on a side dish?

Dill Pickle Coleslaw Ingredients

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Honey. If you don’t have honey you can swap for a sweetener of choice like sugar or maple syrup.
  • Pickle brine. If you don’t have pickle juice or don’t want to use it, you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Swap ACV with white vinegar.
  • Fresh dill. Use dried dill, but load it in. Taste and adjust it as you go.

Make It Your Own!

Prefer a creamier coleslaw? Add more mayo.
Want it zestier? Pour in more vinegar.

tossing dill pickle coleslaw with fresh dill and mayo

Sweet Pickle Coleslaw Recipe vs Dill Pickle Coleslaw Recipe

If you prefer a sweeter coleslaw or you love sweet pickles, you can use the base of this recipe and substitute the brine and dill pickles with sweet dill pickles or even bread and butter pickles.

Be sure to taste and adjust the seasonings as you go, as I never officially tested this method.

My personal preferences are always dill pickles over sweet, so that’s where this recipe comes from.

adding chopped dill pickles to coleslaw

What kind of pickles are needed to make dill pickle coleslaw?

Use your favorite dill pickles.

My go-to: Extra Garlic Dill Pickles.

Other pickle varieties you can try:

  • Kosher dill pickles.
  • Garlic dill pickles.
  • Spicy dill pickles.
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FAQs about Dill Pickle Coleslaw

I like to buy the bagged coleslaw mix, it has a blend of purple cabbage, green cabbage, and carrots.

I used Hellman’s 1/2 fat Mayonnaise. I also tried this with Miracle Whip but it was far too sweet and I don’t recommend it.

I recommend making this an hour or two ahead of time (at least). Make sure you keep it refrigerated. Whipping up the fresh dill coleslaw a few hours in advance helps the flavors meld together.

dill pickle slaw in a white mixing bowl

Serve This With

If you’re looking for recipes to serve this dill pickle slaw with, here are a few suggestions.

  • Barbecue: Dill pickle coleslaw complements barbecue dishes such as grilled chicken, ribs, pulled pork, or brisket. Its tangy and creamy flavors help balance the smoky and savory flavors of the meats.
  • Burgers and Sandwiches: Serve dill pickle coleslaw with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, or pulled pork sandwiches. It adds a refreshing crunch and tangy taste that works well with the savory fillings.
  • Hot Dogs and Sausages: Serve coleslaw alongside hot dogs, sausages, or bratwurst.
  • Fried Chicken: Dill pickle coleslaw pairs wonderfully with crispy fried chicken. The combination of the crunchy chicken and the tangy coleslaw creates a delicious contrast in textures and flavors.
  • Seafood: It can be served as a side with various seafood dishes like fish tacos, shrimp po’ boys, or grilled fish. The pickles in the coleslaw add a bright and briny element that complements the seafood flavors.

Recipes to Make with Dill Pickle Coleslaw

dill pickle slaw

Dill Pickle Coleslaw

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Looking for a tangy and refreshing twist on traditional coleslaw? Try this delicious dill pickle coleslaw recipe! Made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and briny dill pickles, this zesty side dish is perfect for BBQs, burgers, and sandwiches.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  2. Add the pickles, coleslaw mix or blend of mixed cabbage and carrots and toss.
  3. I recommend refrigerating for at least an hour (covered) but you can also serve immediately if desired.


Prefer a creamier coleslaw? Add more mayo.

Want it zestier? Pour in more vinegar.

Start with 1/2 cup of the chopped pickles and if you LOVE pickles, add more.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

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