I don’t know about you but I hate to buy something at the store for $4-$5 that I can make at home for pennies. It tastes better and I know exactly what ingredients are in it. Whenever we want coleslaw I always make my Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Dressing. I’ll show you how to make it in this simple recipe, you won’t go back to the store-bought bottle.
I know when you think of coleslaw you think of summer and family picnics. When I make a batch of BBQ pulled pork in the crockpot for dinner we always have a bowl of creamy coleslaw to go with it no matter what time of year it is. We take a hoagie roll, slap a big glob of BBQ goodness on it, and then smother with creamy coleslaw, it’s delicious and a really inexpensive meal.
Here’s how I cut up a whole pork loin
to get 5 meals for my family at about $3.40 per meal. Then I put a small pork roast in the crockpot in the morning and by the evening you can shred it with a fork. I shred it apart and add BBQ sauce or whatever sauce I’m using. If you want to stretch the meat add a can of pinto or black beans.
I splurge and buy the bag of pre-shredded cabbage with carrots instead of shredding my own but I always make the dressing from scratch. Mine is so much better than store-bought and costs pennies to make. A decent brand of coleslaw dressing at the store is at least $3.99 for the bottle and this budget-friendly homemade recipe is just as good or better.
Here’s what you need for Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix the sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, and salt together until the sugar granules are dissolved, whisk in the mayonnaise until smooth and creamy.
I usually make the dressing and mix in the shredded cabbage about 30-45 minutes before we eat. It lets everything mix together and softens the cabbage a little bit.
If you like spicy you could add a little chipotle sauce or cayenne pepper.
If you really wanted to go all in and make everything homemade for your meal you could make the bread instead of buying hoagies. I make the most delicious 3 Ingredient No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread
. It’s a round boule bread but I slice it up for sandwiches and it tastes amazing. You could even cut down on carbs and use one slice of bread, put meat on top. Add your creamy coleslaw on top of that, you don’t need to put bread on the top, it can be open face.
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