Pineapple Coleslaw

This easy pineapple coleslaw is packed with flavor, is super simple to make and is a delicious twist on the traditional coleslaw recipe. Enjoy this coleslaw with pineapple as a topping for pulled pork sandwiches, fish tacos, chicken sandwiches, and shrimp tacos. So flavorful, so delicious and so easy to make.

A white bowl with blue trim filled with pineapple coleslaw.

Coleslaw is a classic summer dish all across the country. From the northeast to the southwest, when summer rolls around, you’ll find coleslaw on almost everyone’s table. It’s a cool, creamy dish that pairs perfectly with almost any dish and that’s so refreshing when the weather gets warmer. I’ve been making coleslaw for years. I’ll bring it to BBQs and potlucks of all sorts because it’s such a great side with so many foods. Although coleslaw is delicious, anything can get boring if you make it enough times. That’s why I love this new version of coleslaw that I’ve been making lately. It takes the classic side and gives it a tropical twist with pineapple!

Pineapple Coleslaw

This delicious coleslaw begins with the classic coleslaw mix that we all know, and it’s made easy by using a bagged mix. This recipe needs no shredding or julienning on your part. Then, we make a creamy base of mayo, making it tangy with apple cider vinegar and adding sweetness with brown sugar. Finally, crushed pineapple is added for that tropical twist I mentioned earlier. It all comes together to create a sweet, tangy, and zippy coleslaw that’s a little different but just versatile as the classic version.

A white bowl with blue trim with a serving of coleslaw in it with two other bowls in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

  • It’s full of flavor and a great topping for pulled pork, pulled chicken, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, or any recipe that tastes better with slaw.
  • It’s super easy to make and it’s always a big hit.
  • In addition to being a great topping, it’s an excellent side dish for backyard BBQs, parties, or potlucks.

Pineapple Coleslaw Tips

  • Always chill your coleslaw thoroughly before serving so the flavors can meld together.
  • The easiest way to make the mayo mixture is with a whisk. It helps incorporate everything far better than a fork or spoon.

Pineapple Coleslaw FAQ

If you have questions about his recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this pineapple coleslaw.

What is coleslaw?

Coleslaw is a dish made with shredded cabbage – and often, carrots – that is then mixed with a condiment. This can be a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing or a vinaigrette of some kind.

Where was coleslaw invented?

The origins of coleslaw can be traced back to ancient Rome, where they made a dish of cabbage, vinegar, eggs, and spices. However, the coleslaw we know today was first made in the Netherlands. Even the name is nordic. Coleslaw gets its name from the Netherland word “koosla” which means “cabbage salad”.

A close up of a bowl filled with pineapple colesalw.

What is coleslaw dressing made of?

Coleslaw dressing is most commonly made with a creamy base. This is usually made with mayonnaise, and acid of some kind like vinegar or lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sugar.

What food goes with coleslaw?

You can serve all kinds of delicious foods with coleslaw. You can serve it with all your favorite BBQ and grilling foods and so much more.

  • Hot dogs
  • Burgers
  • BBQ
  • Pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches
  • Shrimp rolls
  • Lobster rolls
  • Asian favorites
  • Anything you can think of

What can you add to store-bought coleslaw to make it better?

There are a lot of options here. Coleslaw can be kicked way up with any of the following.

  • Add fruit like diced apples, dried cherries or blueberries, raisins, sliced grapes, mango, or, of course, pineapple.
  • Lemon or lime juice or zest.
  • Diced bell peppers or onions
  • Shredded carrots

Should I make coleslaw the night before?

You can. There’s a tradeoff, though. Sitting overnight will allow the flavors plenty of time to meld together and make the flavor exceptional. However, sitting overnight will also cause the coleslaw to lose a bit of crispness. If you don’t mind that, then making it the night before is great.

Why do they call it coleslaw?

Coleslaw comes from the Netherland name for it – “koosla”. It literally translates to “cabbage salad”.

A close up of a spoonful of coleslaw being held above a bowl filled with coleslaw.

How to Store Pineapple Coleslaw

You can store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Pineapple Coleslaw Ingredients

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. Outside of the bagged coleslaw mix, you’ll most likely have everything you need in your kitchen. If you don’t, you’ll find it all easily at your local grocery store.

  • Canned pineapple, crushed
  • Bag slaw mix
  • Red onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Pineapple Coleslaw

Making this recipe is just as easy as gathering up the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps and a few minutes.

Step 1: Combine the Slaw Ingredients

Add the slaw mix, pineapple, and onion to a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Dressing

In another bowl, thoroughly mix the mayonnaise, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Finish the Coleslaw

Add the dressing to the coleslaw mix and mix well. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve.

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Try This Pineapple Coleslaw Today

This delicious pineapple coleslaw adds a tropical twist to an old favorite, and it’s so incredibly easy to make. With a combination like that, it’s just begging for you to try it. Give it a whirl, and I know you’ll be making it to go with your dinners and bringing it to every potluck, summer cookouts and party you attend!

A three collage photo of pineapple coleslaw

More Delicious Pineapple Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Crock Pot Pineapple Habanero Meatballs – These crock pot meatballs are super easy to make and only use two ingredients, frozen meatballs and a roasted pineapple and habanero glaze finishing sauce I bought from Costco.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dessert – An easy and deliciously refreshing pineapple dessert recipe with a sweet cream cheese filling, topped with crushed pineapple and pie filling all on top of a graham cracker crust.

Pineapple Cake – This delicious cake has pineapple throughout the cake, also has cherries and more pineapple on top. Easy, delicious and always a favorite.

And, here’s a delicious Pineapple Milkshake from Deliciously Seasoned you might enjoy as well.

Pineapple Coleslaw

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

This delicious pineapple coleslaw recipe is a great topping to add to burgers, tacos, sliders, pulled pork and so much more, and is a delicious side dish for backyard BBQs, potlucks, family gatherings and summer cookouts.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 0 mins

Chill Time 2 hrs

Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 6 Servings

Calories 188 kcal


  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 14 ounce bag classic coleslaw
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Add slaw mix, pineapple, and onion. Mix well and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, mix mayo, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

  • Add mixture to coleslaw mix. Mix well.

  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and mix well before serving.


Nutritional values are approximate.


Please note that these values can change with different brands and any modifications made to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements.

Recipe inspired from Salty Side Dish


Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 327mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 97IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Keyword Coleslaw with Pineapple, Hawaiian Coleslaw, Pineapple Coleslaw

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