Sweet Coleslaw

Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw is a copycat of a tasty dish from Disneyland’s Big Thunder ranch. It is a perfect side dish to any meal or BBQ.

This is a best loved coleslaw recipe with good reason! The sweet and tangy combination is perfection. For more Disneyland copycats try Churro Funnel Cake, Mickey Beignets, and Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums.

Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw in a white bowl.

Tasty Disneyland Coleslaw

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road is sharing a tasty coleslaw recipe as part of the Lil Luna’s Disney series! We are a family of Disney fanatics, and especially love the food!

One of our absolute favorite places to eat at Disneyland is Big Thunder Ranch. It’s an outdoor barbecue restaurant that serves all their food family style – from the BBQ ribs and chicken to the cornbread, and our favorite side dish, the coleslaw! As you can see, my son is pretty obsessed with this place.

But back to the coleslaw. It’s got crisp cabbage and carrots, and a sweet vinaigrette dressing that only gets better as it sits in the fridge. It’s definitely a favorite!

Coleslaw ingredients in a glass bowl

Making Coleslaw

DRESSING. Combine dressing ingredients except oil in a blender on low speed until the sugar is dissolved. With blender running, slowly pour oil through top of lid to emulsify and combine completely. Set aside.

VEGETABLES. Combine shredded cabbage and shredded carrots in a separate large bowl. Pour dressing over the coleslaw mix and toss to coat evenly.

SERVE. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, tossing occasionally, before serving. Store covered, up to three days.

Variations + Storing Tips

If your coleslaw turns out a little too sweet for your liking then add 1/2-1 tablespoon (at a time) of vinegar to the dressing. If it is not sweet enough then add a little more sugar to the dressing. You will want to be sure to try the dressing before adding it to the coleslaw mix so that you can easily add more ingredients if needed. 

Optional add-ins: 

  • chopped peanuts
  • raisins
  • feta cheese
  • apple slices
  • thinly sliced radishes

Coleslaw is such a great side to eat with so many different meals. I like serving it with pulled pork, sandwiches, chicken, tacos, fish, wraps and any kind of barbecue. Try serving this with:

If you are only making sweet and tangy coleslaw 1 day in advance you can mix it all together and store it in the fridge overnight in an airtight container.

If you are wanting to make it more than 1 day in advance I suggest making the dressing and coleslaw mix and storing them separately in the fridge. This helps prevent the cabbage from getting soggy. Then toss it all together a few hours before serving.

Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Copycat Coleslaw in a white bowl

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Sweet Coleslaw Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw is a copycat of a tasty dish from Disneyland's Big Thunder ranch. It is a perfect side dish to any meal or BBQ.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 502 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Coleslaw mix

  • 1 lb green cabbage shredded, about ½ a large cabbage
  • 1 lb purple cabbage shredded, about ½ a large cabbage
  • 2-3 carrots shredded

Instructions
 

  • Combine dressing ingredients except oil in a blender on low speed until the sugar is dissolved. With blender running, slowly pour oil through top of lid to emulsify and combine completely. Set aside.
  • Combine shredded cabbage and shredded carrots in a separate large bowl. Pour dressing over the coleslaw mix and toss to coat evenly.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, tossing occasionally, before serving. Store covered, up to three days.

Thanks, Kristin and Disney Parks Blog!!

For more great recipes from her be sure to head to Yellow Bliss Road.

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  1. 5 stars
    Anytime we have BBQ, this is a must side dish!! Especially, since it’s a Disneyland copycat!! The flavors burst in your mouth & was super simple to make!

  2. 5 stars
    This really is the perfect side dish to any meal. Loving how sweet and tangy this is and the crunchy texture.

  3. 5 stars
    I love pairing this with pulled pork sandwiches or even hot dogs! Adds great flavor and crunch to anything.

  4. 5 stars
    I usually just buy store coleslaw because I didn’t have a great recipe. Now that Ive got the Disney recipe Ill never get store bought again.