Coleslaw For A Crowd

A little tangy, a little creamy, this is a good Coleslaw For A Crowd recipe that will appeal to lots of people at your picnic, potluck, graduation party or 4th of July party.

Plate of coleslaw that is a little tangy, a little creamy and super delicious on a yellow and white plaid napkin next to a foil pan with a big batch of the side dish.

Easy Coleslaw For A Crowd Recipe

A nice blend of a mayonnaise based dressing on large bags of tri-color coleslaw mix makes an easy fresh vegetable side dish.

Not the super creamy like the stuff out of a jar at a commercial food store, but not the straight vinegar based Old Fashioned Coleslaw this in-between type coleslaw recipe appeals to the masses.

A classic barbecue joint style coleslaw salad, this is an economical side dish to serve along with meat.

We like to make a slow cooker of bbq pulled pork, brisket in a roaster and shredded beef in a roaster. This easy bagged coleslaw for a crowd is perfect to serve along side any of these meats at a party.

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Serve with a Big Batch of Mac and Cheese or Pasta Salad for a Crowd and Corn or Green Beans in a Roaster for a delicious meal.

Brightly colored scoop of fresh coleslaw coated with a mayonnaise dressing and plenty of celery seeds over top of a large mixing bowl.

Our favorite big batch desserts are Banana Pudding for A Crowd and Oreo Dirt Cake for a Crowd.

Ingredients Needed

  • Bag of Coleslaw Mix – A colorful combination of green cabbage accented with red cabbage and shredded carrots is also known as tri-color blend. If you use plain shredded cabbage add some shredded carrots at minimum. The colorfulness of the recipe does contribute to the enjoyment of eating it.
  • Mayonnaise – Skip the miracle whip and go for the full flavor mayonnaise. This recipe is built to use a large 30 ounce jar.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Granulated Sugar – Sample the dressing before mixing into the cabbage, you may want to increase the amount of sugar based on personal preference.
  • Mustard – Dijon or the Woeber’s sweet and spicy are our favorite options to use in this recipe.
  • Celery Seeds – Start with a new container to get the 1/4 of a cup needed for the recipe.
  • Onion Powder – Finely granulated onion can be substituted, but you’ll need three times as much when in granulated form than when using powder.
  • Salt – We prefer sea salt or kosher salt over the traditional table salt.
Ingredients to make coleslaw for a crowd are extra large bags of colorful coleslaw or a tri-color blend, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dijon mustard, onion powder, celery seed, kosher salt and mayo on a white counter top.

A Big Batch of Coleslaw Dressing

Starting with a 30 ounce jar of mayonnaise as the base and adding other spices and seasonings creates an easy homemade coleslaw dressing.

Our recipe creates 5 cups of dressing which will cover 2 extra large 32 ounce bags of coleslaw mix.

To determine if you like the dressing spoon some onto a small amount of shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix and give it a test. Add salt, pepper and possibly sugar if needed to suit your preference.

Overhead view of a wonderful creamy coleslaw for a crowd in an aluminum pan on a yellow and white plaid napkin.

The dressing can be mixed and refrigerated 2 to 3 days ahead of time.

How Much Coleslaw is Needed For 50 People?

This recipe uses 64 ounces of shredded cabbage and carrots paired with 5 cups of dressing to make 18 cups of coleslaw.

Assuming the typical guest will take a serving that is roughly 1/3 cup this recipe will yield 48 to 50 servings.

Fork resting on a small plate of delicious coleslaw for a crowd made from tri color bagged coleslaw mix with a simple mayonnaise dressing with the full pan in the background.

Step By Step Instructions

I have an 8 cup glass mixing bowl with a handle and pour spout. This is perfect to make this dressing in and be able to pour half over the shredded cabbage mixture.

Begin by adding the jar of mayonnaise into the mixing bowl. I use a mini silicone spatula to clean the jar well.

Then add the remaining dressing ingredients and stir well.

Spatula stirring together mayonnaise, celery seed, apple cider vinegar, sugar, onion powder, mustard and salt together in a glass bowl to make a big batch of coleslaw dressing.

I like to put half of the fresh coleslaw mix into an extra large mixing bowl.

Pour about half or a little less of the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture.

Generous amount of coleslaw dressing poured over an extra large bowl of this vegetable side dish for a crowd at a party.

Use a long handled very sturdy spoon and stir well. Fold the clean cabbage along the outside of the bowl into the center that’s generously coated with dressing.

If necessary add a little more dressing.

Extra splash of dressing poured over an extra large bag of shredded cabbage and carrots to make coleslaw for a crowd in a silver mixing bowl.

We like to store covered tightly in foil or multiple layers of plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Repeat with the remaining half of ingredients. Be sure to mix well.

Large silver spoon stirring dressing into a big batch of coleslaw mix.

We like to stir the coleslaw for a crowd again before serving for best results.

Silver serving spoon of classic barbecue joint style coleslaw being lifted over an aluminum pan with enough for 50 people

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Using a 15″ long handled serving spoon makes stirring much easier.
  • Make dressing up to 2 to 3 days ahead of time, but wait to stir onto the coleslaw mix within 24 hours of serving.
  • If made more than a few hours before serving liquid may need drained.
  • I have a set of commercial sized mixing bowls. The 16 or 20 quart bowls work well on these big batch recipes for a crowd.
  • Use sturdy foil pans as there’s a big difference in commercial quality pans and those from the dollar store. Cheaper ones are very difficult to use. Plan a level spot to store in the refrigerator and do not stack anything on top of the foil pans.
Commercial sized mixing bowl to mix up a recipe for creamy coleslaw for a crowd on a wooden counter top.

More Big Batch Recipes for Parties

Chicken and Noodles for A Crowd makes a complete meal served with dinner rolls or over mashed potatoes.

A Deli Tray with meat and cheese is great for building your own slider or sandwich at a party.

Cooking Ham in An Electric Roaster makes holidays easier and is an economical option for big birthday parties too!

Close up plate of tri-color coleslaw mix made into a creamy coleslaw to make an easy fresh vegetable side dish with a fork resting on the back.

Coleslaw For A Crowd

Servings 48 1/3 cup servings
Author: Jennifer
A little tangy, a little creamy, this is a good Coleslaw For A Crowd recipe that will appeal to lots of people at your picnic, potluck, graduation party or 4th of July party.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 64 ounces tricolor coleslaw mix green & red cabbage with carrots
  • 30 ounce jar mayonnaise
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


  • Using a medium sized mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, celery seeds, onion powder and sea salt. Mix well.
    30 ounce jar mayonnaise, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup dijon mustard, 1/4 cup celery seeds, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • In an extra large commercial sized mixing bowl add one 32 ounce bag (half) of the coleslaw mix.
    64 ounces tricolor coleslaw mix
  • Pour 2 1/2 cups (half) of the dressing over top of the mix and use a sturdy long handled spoon to stir well. Mix well.
  • Pour into a foil pan, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  • Repeat with remaining coleslaw mix and dressing. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!


Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 0.5mg

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“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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  1. 5 stars
    Everyone LOVED this coleslaw! Many said it was the best they had ever eaten.

  2. How many people does that recipe feed?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! We estimate 48 servings in the recipe card at the bottom of the article.

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