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Serving of California Coleslaw on a plate

Classic Coleslaw gets a make over with this delicious California Slaw by adding blue cheese, bacon, tomato, and avocado. The Blue Cheese adds a deep rich flavor to this spectacular slaw!

Several years ago I was looking for a salad I could serve with BBQ chicken. I didn’t want all the regular salad guests at my table.

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Ya know…potato, jello, coleslaw, crunchy Asian,… blah, blah, blah! (Snore…which happens a lot at this house!) Not that those aren’t all wonderful salads. I just wanted something NEW and different!

That’s when I stumbled upon this California Slaw! I was so intrigued by the list of ingredients and it’s simplicity! (I’m always “All-in” when a recipe is easy and delicious!)

I’ll admit I was a tad skeptical of “bottled” coleslaw dressing mixed with blue cheese? I mean…talk about out of the ordinary!

My fears were quickly laid to rest! It was love at first bite!  To make sure my emotions weren’t playing tricks on me…I had another bite…and another…and another. Yep! It was true love! (Shhhh…I don’t want Mars to know!) 

California Coleslaw on a rustic plate

Now I know some of you are going to run from this recipe screaming because it has “blue cheese”! (Stop it! It can’t help that it’s blue!) I’m a big blue cheese lover.

In this salad its spectacular! The blue cheese adds a deep, rich flavor to this sensational salad! Throw in the avocado for extra creaminess and that crunchy smokey bacon…and hang on to yer taste buds my friends!

TIP: This is a “two-part” salad recipe. You’ll want to mix the first half together and then chill. Right before serving gently toss in the avocado and tomatoes.

Let’s do this!

How To Make California Coleslaw 

In a large bowl add one package of shredded cabbage. I like to use the coleslaw mix with carrots and red cabbage for the extra “pop” of color! It’s so pretty! (Food should be pretty!) Add 1 cup of Blue Cheese Crumbles.

Medium serving bowl with shredded cabbage and blue cheese

Next add in 1/2 cup fresh Bacon Bits.

Tip: I think making your own bacon bits adds more flavor to this salad. I like to cook up a pound of bacon all at once and then store in a zip lock bag and use as needed.

Addition of bacon to California Slaw

The original recipe calls for Marzetti Slaw Dressing. I couldn’t find that here in my little ol’ country town.  I used 1 1/2 cups of Litehouse Coleslaw dressing found in the refrigerated section of your produce department.

You may want to go easy on the dressing and add more to it as necessary! I like to about 1 cup of dressing for this salad.

Add dressing and gently fold ingredients together. Cover and Chill.

Bottled Coleslaw dressing added to mixture

Just before serving dice up one large ripe Avocado and one large Tomato. Look at the pretty colors! (There’s that “pretty” word again!) 

Diced up Tomato and Avocado

Add to Salad and Toss gently. (The key here is the word “gently”…unless you want stringy guacamole! lol) 

Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper to fit your individual likes. I think it’s fine as is…but I know some of you may want to kick it up with a little “spice”!

Bowl full of California Slaw.

My mouth is watering just looking at this photo! Honestly those “bits” of blue cheese mix with each bite, and the flavor truly is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Serving of California Slaw

This California Slaw pairs so beautifully with so many main dishes. Grilled Chicken, Ribs, Hamburgers, Pork Chops, Steak…I think I’m ready for grilling’ season! (Goodness me…I’m drooling’ over here! Not to worry. It will just land on my chest with my lunch! Real life boob problems! Yes I just said “boob”! Watch Google pick that word out instead of coleslaw! lol)

There you go! A quick, easy, delicious salad with a great twist on the classic!

It’s always amazing to me how just adding a few different flavorful ingredients can really dramatically change an everyday recipe into a 5 star dish! (I wonder if changing my blush would have the same effect? Hmmmm?)

Favorite Salads to enjoy with your grilling recipes

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Yield: 8 servings

California Slaw

California Slaw on a plate

Classic Coleslaw gets a make over with this delicious version by adding blue cheese, bacon, tomato, and avocado. The Blue Cheese adds a deep rich flavor to this spectacular slaw!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 package shredded coleslaw mix or cabbage
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 cup fresh Bacon Bits
  • 1 large Avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Litehouse Slaw dressing


  1. Combine cabbage mix, blue cheese crumbles, and bacon bits in a medium serving bowl. Fold in Litehouse Slaw Dressing. Chill till ready to serve.
  2. Just before serving, add avocado and tomato. Toss gently.

Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 684mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

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