Pineapple Coleslaw with Bacon – A Side Dish for Luau Parties!

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You need to make this delicious Pineapple Coleslaw if you are throwing a Luau (and even if you’re not!). A sweet tangy dressing covers the crunchy slaw mix of cabbage, broccoli, carrots, fresh pineapple, and crumbled bacon making it a wonderful side dish for barbecued meats. Keep it vegetarian by leaving out the bacon – the Hawaiian-inspired slaw tastes delicious with and without it!

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Pineapple Coleslaw

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

Coleslaw is a staple side in our house – especially in the summer when we do a lot more grilling outside on the barbecue.

It’s one of those dishes that goes well with so many things – chicken, pulled pork, even baked potatoes, and there are so many different types of coleslaw you can make using various ingredients or dressings. Try our Carolina Coleslaw Recipe – it’s made without mayo.

Coleslaw (or cole slaw, or simply, slaw) is actually Dutch in origin and the Dutch term “koolsla” (“kool” in Dutch sounds like “cole”) means “cabbage salad”.

slaw mix

Ingredients Used In This Recipe

My standard coleslaw recipe contains white cabbage, carrots, onions, and mayo – nothing more, and nothing less.

But we are getting all fancy up here with this pineapple coleslaw, which contains (surprise, surprise) fresh pineapple, as well as a sweet yet tangy dressing made with mayo, honey, rice wine vinegar, and pineapple juice.

This recipe uses a bag of coleslaw mix and a bag of broccoli slaw mix which is for speed and convenience, however, you can shred your own veggies if you prefer.

Oh, and I forgot one more ingredient – BACON! Which adds a yummy savory taste to the slaw.

Of course, if you are/serving a vegetarian(s) then you can just leave out the bacon.

This side dish would be great to serve at barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or for a tropical Hawaiian luau party!

More Recipes Using Cabbage

Since the main ingredient in this recipe is cabbage here are some more recipes using the same:

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How Do I Make Pineapple Coleslaw?

Just check out the recipe card below with all the ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink).

Pineapple Coleslaw with Bacon

Pineapple Coleslaw with Bacon

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This delicious pineapple coleslaw with bacon is a sweet tangy side dish to serve at a luau!


  • 1 (14 oz/400 g) package coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1 cup shredded matchstick carrots
  • ¼ cup cooked bacon
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • Green onions, sliced, to garnish


  1. Place the coleslaw mix, broccoli slaw, carrots, pineapple, and bacon into a large bowl and stir to combine.

    slaw mix
  2. To make the dressing place the mayonnaise, honey, rice wine vinegar, and pineapple juice into a cup/jug and whisk well.

    Pineapple Coleslaw Process
  3. Pour dressing over the bowl of slaw and mix everything together well.

    Pouring dressing on coleslaw
  4. Garnish with the sliced green onions and chill until serving.

    Finished pineapple coleslaw
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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