Crowd Pleasing Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple

This Hawaiian Pineapple Coleslaw with marshmallows is super easy recipe to make, and it is crowd-pleasing! Everyone loves this sweet and creamy coleslaw. This coleslaw was a tropical taste you are going to love.

A bowl of coleslaw made with pineapple and marshmallows.

Coleslaw Recipe with Pineapple and Marshmallows

Coleslaw doesn’t need to be boring, you can make an amazing coleslaw in a matter of minutes. All you need is freshly cut cabbage, marshmallows, a can of pineapple, and some Miracle Whip.

What Makes this Coleslaw Recipe with Pineapple and Marshmallows So Good?

Coleslaw is a classic side dish, but it can be a bit bland. Bring out this Hawaiian Coleslaw, and no one is going to call it boring!

Please don’t reject this coleslaw immediately because it sounds a little weird. The distinctive sweet and tangy flavor is refreshing, and it is a wonderful accompaniment to any rich main course. 

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe Ingredients

To make Pineapple Slaw, you will need:

  • Cabbage – you could use a package of precut coleslaw mix sold near the packaged salads sold in your grocery store
  • Pineapple chunks – or pineapple tidbits
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – do not use mayo, we are using the flavor of the Miracle Whip for this cole slaw

In this recipe, most people like using green cabbage, also known as cannonball cabbage. However, you can make Hawaiian Coleslaw with savoy or Napa cabbage if you prefer. It’s best to avoid red cabbage as it can be bitter and turn other ingredients red.

How To Make Coleslaw with Pineapple

  1. Discard any damaged outer leaves and rinse the cabbage under running water.
  2. Quarter the cabbage. 
  3. Cut out the core with a knife.
  4. Use a slaw slicer or a chef knife to shred the cabbage. 
  5. An optional step is to salt the cabbage with a teaspoon of kosher salt and mix. Allow the salted cabbage to drain for 30 minutes in a colander in the sink. After 30 minutes, rinse and drain well.
  6. Mix the shredded cabbage, drained pineapple chunks, miniature marshmallows, and Miracle Whip in a large mixing bowl. Stir until this becomes a uniform mixture.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour to develop the flavors before serving. 

What Does Pineapple Coleslaw Go Well With?

I love to serve this coleslaw at a summer cookout for a barbeque. It is the perfect side dish, and a wonderful take on the classic coleslaw recipe you may use. The sweetness and tang of coleslaw with pineapple of this Hawaiian coleslaw recipe pairs perfectly with grilled or breaded meat, particularly any with a creamy or sweet sauce, such as:

How to Store Pineapple Slaw

Always keep the Hawaiian Coleslaw covered in the fridge. To prevent the coleslaw from becoming too watery, you can set an expandable metal steamer inside a large bowl and put the coleslaw on top. 

How Long Does Pineapple Coleslaw Last in the Fridge?

Finish within two to three days for the best flavor and texture. 

Hawaiian Coleslaw FAQ

What is the Difference Between Slaw and Coleslaw?

All coleslaw are slaws, but not all slaws are coleslaw. Are you confused? The ‘cole’ part of ‘coleslaw’ comes from the Dutch word for cabbage, ‘kool’.

You can refer to any shredded vegetable mixed with vinegar or mayonnaise-like sauce as a slaw. Popular slaws that don’t contain any cabbage often use broccoli or carrots. 

What Nationality is Coleslaw?

You just read that ‘kool’ means cabbage in Dutch, and since ‘salade’ translates as salad, you might expect coleslaw to originate in the Netherlands, but you would be wrong.

People have been preserving vegetables for thousands of years using the acidity of various kinds of vinegar. So, while the name may come from the Dutch, and the food may have been a favorite in Holland for hundreds of years, the history of slaw stretches back much further.

Although the name of this recipe has the word “Hawaiian” in it, the dish is as Hawaiian as a pizza topped with pineapple, bacon, and ham. That’s to say; it has nothing to do with Hawaii at all. 

What is Creamy Coleslaw Made Of?

Creamy coleslaw contains mayonnaise or a sauce similar to mayonnaise, like Miracle Whip

Pineapple marshmallow coleslaw in a serving dish

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This recipe is by Virginia McDowell. Jefferson City, Mo. 1967.

A bowl of coleslaw made with pineapple and marshmallows.

Pineapple Coleslaw

Hawaiian coleslaw with pineapple and marshmallows has a wonderfully sweet flavor.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage slaw with fruit, Coleslaw, Pineapple Coleslaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 185kcal


  • 2 pounds cabbage
  • 20 ounces pineapple chunks
  • 16 ounces miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing


  • Grate the cabbage into a large bowl.
  • Add pineapple and marshmallows.
  • Add Miracle Whip salad dressing and stir to combine until creamy.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. SCV

    My mother and grandmother made this coleslaw but they always added Miracle Whip salad dressing,sugar, apple cider vinegar, bananas, and about and a little bit of pineapple juice. it was so good, you should give it a try this way. 🙂

  2. Patricia

    My mom made this in the ’60s and was my favorite coleslaw recipe. But instead of using one cup of Miracle Whip salad dressing, she used one cup of mayonnaise with 3 Tbs. sugar and 3 Tbs. vinegar.

  3. Bobbi gisler

    Do you have a recipe for coleslaw from the chain restaurant El Pollo Asado. It closed back in the late 80’s.

    • Groovy

      I’m thinking this pineapple slaw recipe is pretty close with the mini marshmallows, but I do believe it also had sunflower seeds in it. I’m gonna try it!

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