Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Several years ago, while finishing college in Eugene and living with my then new (but now ex) in-laws, I ran across a recipe online for a coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese.  The finished salad was decorated with cherry tomatoes and called Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad.  I loved the idea of coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese and it turned out to work very well with my standard sweet, tart, and creamy coleslaw dressing.  The salad was a huge hit with the family, who took to calling the salad Nicoleslaw and requested it whenever we’d barbecue.

Ten years, several moves, and one divorce later, I’ve ditched the cherry tomatoes but am still making the same coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese for barbecues.  And although visits to Eugene are now much less frequent, I still occasionally get requests for Nicoleslaw from my Oregon family.  There are so many things in life that are uncertain and constantly changing, it’s nice to keep a few traditions around.  Certain recipes have this amazing ability to remind us of the past right in the midst of creating new memories. And as we move forward in life, it’s always good to remember where we’ve been.


Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese
Adapted from Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad at
Serves 4-6

6 cups shredded green and/or red cabbage (about 1/2 of one medium head)
1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup creamy coleslaw dressing (recipe below)

3/4 cup mayonnaise (preferably Best Foods or Hellman’s)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste

Whisk together dressing ingredients and let it rest in the refrigerator while you shred the cabbage and cook the bacon.  In a large bowl, combine shredded cabbage and creamy dressing then toss together well.  Sprinkle bacon pieces and crumbled blue cheese over the top of the salad.  Mix in the bacon and blue cheese just before serving.  Alternatively, the bacon and blue cheese can be served on the side.  Salad can be mixed up to a few hours ahead of time, but I prefer to keep ingredients separate and then toss everything together just before serving to keep the cabbage crunchy.

  1. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    I am addicted to slaws. I am still learning to like blue cheese, but this looks really good! I am going to try it- thanks!

    3:00 pm  Jul 4th, 2012
  2. Shawnda

    Nicoleslaw – I love it! Life’s an amazing, crazy, insane ride sometimes, it’s always nice to have something to hold onto and look back on. Especially when bacon is involved 🙂

    4:53 pm  Jul 4th, 2012
  3. Katarina

    Coleslaw is a really great dish and adding blue cheese sounds delicious!

    6:14 pm  Jul 4th, 2012
  4. rita cooks italian

    coleslaw is my favourite sidedish when eating a barbecue. The bacon and the blue cheese must give an extra flavour.

    10:19 pm  Jul 4th, 2012
  5. bellini

    It does sound like a winning combination!

    4:54 am  Jul 5th, 2012
  6. Nanette Littlestone

    This sounds great! I just made coleslaw last night for the 4th and I love the idea of adding bacon and blue cheese. Thanks so much!

    11:17 am  Jul 5th, 2012
  7. Riley

    Yummy! I’m not one for blue cheese, but I’ll have to find a replacement!

    11:43 am  Jul 5th, 2012
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    @ RILEY…how about gorgonzola or feta cheese?

    11:57 am  Jul 8th, 2012
  9. Patrick

    I love bacon and cole slaw but never thought to combine them…love it.

    4:39 pm  Jul 8th, 2012
  10. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    What a fancy slaw! Sounds delicious with or without the red tomatoes. 🙂

    6:11 pm  Jul 8th, 2012
  11. TW

    I’ve never considered blue cheese on my slaw! Hmm…

    8:02 am  Jul 9th, 2012
  12. wendy

    this looks delicious. my boyfriend would go bananas over it. wish i saw it before the 4th of july! the bowl is fantastic as well 🙂 will definitely try the recipe- thank you!! i just started my own blog and yours is a total inspiration – – shameless plug, i know, but would love it if you checked my site out!

    2:25 pm  Jul 9th, 2012
  13. Sue

    Bacon and blue cheese and a match made in heaven. This sounds so delish!

    5:46 am  Jul 10th, 2012
  14. Michelle MacPhearson

    I love the coleslaw and blue cheese combination. Perfect for my diet.

    12:06 am  Jul 13th, 2012
  15. Eileen

    I was just thinking there ought to be a recipe for coleslaw that would take you out of the coleslaw norm – and low and behold – I found it! This recipe sounds delicious and since hubby and I both favor blue cheese (and who doesn’t favor bacon?) I’m going to make it one of these days.

    6:28 am  Jul 15th, 2012
  16. Lisa LaCloche

    This coleslaw is great! The dressing is perfect, and the bacon and blue cheese really complement each other. Made it for a barbecue…everyone thought it was really tasty. I am making it again for a pig roast. Thanks for the recipe and your blog.

    10:39 am  Jul 27th, 2012
  17. janicedale

    Coleslaw is my favorite side dish when eating my main course meal. The bacon and the blue cheese must give an extra flavor for this recipe. It is perfect on my diet regimen.

    Kitchen Cooking tips and hints

    8:56 pm  Jul 28th, 2012
  18. Stuart

    I made this, served it up at a BBQ, everyone wet themselves. Many thanks.

    2:02 am  Aug 8th, 2012
  19. OrGreenic

    This looks like a fantastic dish to bring for a 4th of July barbecue, or any barbecue for that matter. I can’t wait to try it!

    9:41 am  Aug 9th, 2012
  20. Branson

    I’ve always HATED coleslaw and was worried when my wife offered to make this for me to “change my mind’. You know what? I didn’t hate it! I don’t know if I’d eat it all the time but for a hardcore slaw hater, I gotta say it’s not bad! Rest of the family loved it !

    3:32 pm  Aug 10th, 2012
  21. Pat

    I saw that original Red/White/Blue slaw many years ago and loved it. Like you, I ditched the tomatoes pretty quickly and, sometimes, even the bacon, but I love the blue cheese in the slaw. Thanks for the dressing recipe, though. I’ve (eeek!) used store-bought forever and homemade is so much better.

    6:14 am  Aug 17th, 2012
  22. cookware

    Ah i really love coleslaw but have never come across a nice enough recipe to attempt it myself. Made this and LOVED it!! Thanks for sharing!!

    6:56 am  Aug 27th, 2012
  23. darmowa bramka

    I love blue cheese and bacon. Coleslaw was never my favorite but I guess it will change now.:) Can’t wait to try out your recipe

    6:26 am  Jan 7th, 2013
  24. bramka play

    I prepared this salad last weekend. It was all I needed….fresh cabbage and salty cheese and bacon go so well together! Fantastic recipe – tasty, quick and easy !

    6:07 am  Jan 21st, 2013
  25. Hannah

    We love blue cheese. Anything with blue cheese plus wine will do! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

    6:06 am  Mar 24th, 2014
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