Simple Dill Pickle Slaw

Here's a quick, everyday coleslaw to throw together for a quick side salad, a picnic take-along, an easy side for carry-out bbq. This cabbage slaw is all about the chopped pickle and pickle juice from the jar. It's definitely a pickle lover's salad ... and oh man, it's pickly good!

Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.

Homemade Slaw, Made from Scratch. Real Food, Fast & Flexible. Mere Minutes to the Table. An Easy, Healthy Side Dish. Fun Picnic Food. Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Perfect When Cooking for One or Two But Scales Up To Be Potluck & Party Friendly. Vegetarian & Easily Converted to Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free.

  • "More, please!" ~ Jane Elizabeth, age 4 and already loving Auntie Al's salads (and popsicles, definitely popsicles)

About This Recipe: Simple Dill Pickle Slaw

  • This is a traditional mayo-based coleslaw except that it's spiked with dill pickle and pickle juice. For all the pickle lovers in the family, this is your slaw!
  • Distinctive Ingredients = cabbage + chopped pickles + pickle juice + dill weed
  • Short Ingredient List = all the above + carrot + mayo + sugar + pepper
  • This recipe uses no special techniques, it's just a matter of chopping and/or grating some vegetables, then whisking the dressing together. You can definitely do this!
  • This is a time-friendly recipe. Allow about 15 minutes to toss it together, even less if using a bag of pre-cut cabbage slaw.
  • This is a time-flexible recipe. Make and serve it on the spot or make it a day (and even two) ahead of time, letting the flavors develop and the cabbage soften slightly.
  • This is pantry-friendly recipe. If you're a pickle lover, can't you just go make this, now? I thought so!
  • This is a budget-friendly recipe. All the ingredients are easily kept on hand, require no special stop at some special store or paying for some special ingredient.
  • As written, the salad starts with a half pound (8 ounces, 225g) of chopped cabbage and yields about 3-1/4 cups of coleslaw. That's a good amount for a small household but the recipe also is easy to scale up for more servings or bigger appetites.
  • I adore this simple slaw and hope you love it!

  • For a wonderful slaw without mayonnaise, check out Alice Waters' Coleslaw, no mayo, bright with lime and cilantro.
  • Still not quite what you're looking for? Check out my other cole slaw recipes.
Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.

What's In Simple Dill Pickle Slaw? Pantry Ingredients!

In all my recipes and most well-written recipes, every ingredient serves a purpose. Each one matters. Each one contributes to the overall dish. It's not that an ingredient can't be substituted by something else but when choosing the substitute, it's important to understand why the original ingredient was present in the first place.

  • Plants green cabbage + carrot
  • Pantry dill pickles + pickle juice + mayo + sugar
  • Herbs & Spices dill weed + pepper

Here's What's NOT In This Recipe

Sometimes, what's left out of a recipe is just as important as what's put in. That's definitely the case here.

  • No Onion! None is needed, this slaw is all about the chopped pickles and pickle juice.
  • No Added Salt! To my/our taste, the Slaw has plenty of salt that originates in the mayo, the chopped pickle and the pickle juice. But freshly ground pepper? Be generous!
Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.

You Might Wonder Be Wondering ...

Have another question? Ask away, I'll do my best to answer!

  • What about using a bag of slaw from the grocery store? Yes! Go for it! Just watch for how much cabbage is in the bag. The recipe below is written for 8 ounces (that's a half pound or about 225 grams) but also includes useful info on how to scale the recipe for different size bags. And don't be stressed about precise scaling, it's coleslaw, it's quite forgiving.

  • How do you convert this recipe to be all plant-based and vegan? Good news, you just need to switch one ingredient, the mayonnaise. More good news, vegan mayonnaise is widely available. Our grandniece recommends the Trader Joe's "Vegan Mayo Spread & Dressing" though it's a little sweet for her so mixes it with a little onion powder or hot sauce to make it more savory. Need more ideas? Check out this vegan mayo taste test from Sporked.

Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.

For Best Results

For my weekly column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I interviewed chefs and translated their restaurant recipes for home kitchens. The most illuminating question? "How can a home cook ensure the same results?" So now I ask that question of myself, too, for my own recipes. Have another question? Ask away, I'll do my best to answer!

Use Dill Weed Not Dill Seeds Who keeps dried dill in the spice cupboard? I sure do! But do take care, there are two forms of dried dill.

"Dill seeds" are the tiny seeds found on flowers of the dill plant; after they're dried, we use them to in pickle brines, say.

But then there's "dill weed" which is really just the dill fronds, dried and chopped very small. If you stock just one form, choose dill weed because it's what's closest to the fresh dill we add to summer salads.

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Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time-to-table: 15 minutes (extra dill flavor emerges after 24 hours)
Makes 3-1/4 cups, easily scaled up for more servings
  • 6 tablespoons (84g) mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup (55g) dill pickle juice
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons sugar (start with one, then add to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed (not dill seed)
  • Pepper to taste (be generous)
  • 4 cups (225g) chopped or thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 cup (100g) finely chopped kosher dill pickle
  • 1/2 cup (40g) grated or julienned carrot
  • Extra dill weed for the top, optional

In a large bowl, stir together all the Dressing ingredients.

As they're prepped, stir in the Slaw ingredients.

Stir well and sprinkle with dill weed. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

MAKE-AHEAD TIPS This Slaw keeps for five or six days and the cabbage softens (in a nice way) after a day or so.

WANT TO USE A WHOLE BAG OF SLAW FROM THE GROCERY? Sure! If your bag holds about 8 ounces (that's 225g), add the pickles and some extra carrot, then carry on as shown above. For larger bags, you'll need to scale the recipe to accommodate the extra cabbage. For example, a 12-ounce (about 340g) bag contains about 50% more cabbage so increase all the other ingredients by 50%. A 16-ounce (about 450g) bag contains double the cabbage so double all the ingredients.

ALANNA's TIPS We're big fans of Duke's Real Mayonnaise around here but use the mayo that's your own favorite. If you use a vegan mayo, voila, you've got a vegan Simple Dill Pickle Slaw. Devoted pickle lovers keep at least one jar of pickles in the fridge at all times. Here, we like spears but really love the long, thin sandwich slices for, you guessed it, sandwiches. Do choose a dill pickle to keep this slaw on the savory side, look for jars labeled "kosher dill". I suppose you might use a dill relish too, it would be all chopped and convenient: just avoid a sugar-free dill relish, in my experience, those relished are super-super salty. You can actually buy pickle juice all by itself (what a world!) but I just make sure to save leftover juice from pickle jars and move it to a squeeze bottle (affiliate link). Pickle juice is really handy to have on hand. You know how you add a splash of vinegar to a dish that's done but just needs a little pick-me-up? Vinegar works but so does pickle juice because, well, it's mostly vinegar plus salt and some seasoning.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION Sorry, due to technical issues during a laptop conversion, nutrition info and Weight Watchers points will be updated later.

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