Captain D’s Cole Slaw

Captain D’s Cole Slaw

Captain D’s Cole Slaw is a favorite of mine. Whenever people talk about their guilty pleasures, this would be one of mine. Their creamy sweet and savory coleslaw is simple to make, and it tastes wonderful.

a bowl of homemade cole slaw

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Easy Coleslaw Recipe

The summer begs for picnics and cool and refreshing salads. Are you looking for an easy coleslaw recipe? This is the one to make. This Captain Ds Cole Slaw recipe is made simply with chopped cabbage, chopped carrots, and a tangy, slightly sweet creamy dressing that is drizzled over these freshly chopped vegetables. It is hard to resist.

I am a huge fan of Captain D’s. This is one of the few chain fish and chip places around. I love fried fish when done in this style. While you shouldn’t enjoy it too often, it can be a nice treat.

Whenever I go to Captain D’s, the cole slaw is what I go for first. This is a creamy coleslaw, and I personally love the note of celery seed in this recipe. It adds something that most coleslaw does not have.

I love this side dish, it is an inexpensive recipe to make. So this classic coleslaw recipe is perfect for when you have a large crowd to serve. Homemade coleslaw tastes so much more than any store-bought version.

Yes, you can buy a large tub of coleslaw in the store, but I often find the crunch of the cabbage gone, since this isn’t difficult to make, you should give this cabbage salad a try in your own home.

This creamy, crunchy homemade coleslaw is great for a BBQ or to take to potlucks.


Here’s what you need to make Captain Ds cole slaw at home:

  • Green cabbage (you can use prepared coleslaw mix that is already shredded)
  • Carrot
  • White onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • White Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Celery seed or celery salt
  • Salt (omit if using celery salt)

If you don’t have white vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Just note it will change the flavor slightly.

Captain D's cole slaw ingredients

How to Make Captain Ds Cole Slaw

  1. Chop cabbage, carrot, and onion with a sharp knife. This is so the cabbage and veggies will have the same texture as Captain D’s. You can use a mandolin or food processor but it will produce a different cabbage cut.
  2. Place the shredded cabbage mixture in a medium bowl.
chopped cabbage and carrots in a bowl
  1. To make the cole slaw dressing, place mayo, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, and salt in a small bowl.
Captain D's cole slaw dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl
  1. Stir until dressing ingredients are combined.
  2. Add dressing to the bowl with chopped vegetables.
  3. Stir to combine vegetables with the dressing.
  4. Refrigerate coleslaw for at least two hours before serving.
A bowl of cole slaw next to a basket of hush puppies

How to Store Leftover Coleslaw

You will want to keep your leftover coleslaw, it goes great with sandwiches, especially on a pulled pork sandwich. It’s also great on fish tacos. I recommend storing it in an airtight container and placing the container in the fridge for up to five days.

I do not recommend freezing this due to the creamy coleslaw dressing. If you want a type of coleslaw you want to freeze, I have you covered. Try my best coleslaw recipe for freezing.

a bowl of homemade Captain D's cole slaw and hush puppies

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Captain Ds Cole Slaw

Love coleslaw? You have to make Captain Ds Cole Slaw.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Captain Ds Cole Slaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 160kcal


  • 2 pounds cabbage chopped fine
  • 1/4 pound carrots chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white onion chopped fine
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt and omit celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed


  • Chop cabbage, celery, and onions and place into a large bowl. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, distilled vinegar, sugar, salt, and celery seed. Whisk dressing together and drizzle over the chopped vegetables. St
  • Stir to combine dressing and vegetables until the cabbage is well coated. This recipe is best when allowed to rest in a covered dish in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. You can use either celery salt, or salt and celery seed. I personally like the flavor of the salt and celery seed, because the flavor is slightly more rich this way.



Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7680IU | Vitamin C: 36.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.6mg