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The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe


A bowl of salad with carrots and broccoli.


Coleslaw is a tasty side dish that can go with nearly any meal. To make your ideal coleslaw, you’ll need the right ingredients for a delicious dressing. This dressing needs:

  • mayo
  • white vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • celery seed

Let’s look at them more closely!

The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe


Mayo is the ideal choice for creamy coleslaw dressing. It has a light taste, and will give your dish the perfect texture. Look at labels if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Eggless and vegan mayo are available.

Get a spoon to scrape mayonnaise into a dry measuring cup for exact measurements. Or, use reduced calorie mayo for lower fat and calorie count.


Vinegar is a must for delicious coleslaw dressing. The acidity is the main factor. A good white or apple cider vinegar adds a complex, crisp taste. Balsamic and rice vinegars offer a subtler flavor. Taste each one before deciding to get that perfect flavor.


Sugar is key for the coleslaw dressing recipe. It balances the flavor. You can use various types like granulated or brown sugar, or even honey and maple syrup. Granulated is usually used for a neutral flavor. Brown sugar gives a hint of molasses-like flavor. Amounts vary depending on desired sweetness – from one tablespoon to ¼ cup.


Mustard is an essential part of a yummy coleslaw dressing. It can be dijon or yellow! Dijon gives a sharp and sweet combo of vinegar, garlic, and a hint of sweetness. Yellow mustard is milder and tangy – great for those with sensitive palates.

Add the perfect zing to your homemade coleslaw with dijon or yellow mustard!


Salt adds flavour and makes the other elements in a dish more noticeable. It brings out the sweetness in cabbage and carrots when making coleslaw. Add salt carefully, as it can overpower the other flavours. Sample the final product and adjust if needed. Start with ⅛ teaspoon of salt for every cup of dressing. Different types of salt contain different levels of sodium, so use one with low sodium if watching intake.


Go for the black pepper found in the kitchen spice rack to add a kick to your coleslaw dressing. Grind it fresh to get a robust yet not overpowering flavor. Other peppers can also be used. Cayenne, jalapeno and smoked paprika are good options. Make sure to adjust both the quantity and type of pepper you use. Too much pepper will spoil the balance of the dressing.


Taste the deliciousness of this simple, easy-to-make coleslaw dressing! It’s the perfect accompaniment to any summer picnic or cookout. Plus, it’s a healthy option for any meal.

To make it, you’ll need some basic ingredients: mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Let’s create the best coleslaw dressing of your life!

Combine all ingredients in a bowl

For the ultimate coleslaw dressing, grab a bowl! Start with mayo, then mix in dijon mustard, white vinegar, sugar, and salt. Add garlic and onion powder, and don’t forget a dash of black pepper. Whisk until all is blended. Now pop it in the fridge for half an hour. Enjoy your tasty treat!

Whisk until combined

Whisk mayo, vinegar, Dijon and sugar in a bowl until blended. Use a blender or food processor if you like, but keep it on low to keep the dressing thick.

Add carrots, cabbage and minced onion to the bowl and mix. For more crunch, add a few celery seeds. Mix with a spatula or spoon and cover. Refrigerate ’til ready to serve. Enjoy!

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Mix the coleslaw dressing and cool it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will let the flavours mix and become stronger. Coolness prevents off-flavours. Chilling the dressing helps it stay cold during the meal.

Chill dairy products like yogurt or mayonnaise before combining with other ingredients. This makes the dressing creamy and helps it last longer.

Serving Suggestions

Coleslaw – a great side dish for any meal. Ideal for summer BBQs! Here’s a yummy coleslaw dressing recipe. Super easy and only needs a few ingredients.

What are the best ways to serve it? Let’s take a look at the top suggestions for serving this scrumptious coleslaw:

Serve over a bed of lettuce

Coleslaw is a yummy side dish that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Serve it atop a bed of lettuce, such as crisp romaine hearts or butterhead lettuce. This will help reduce the intensity of the flavors. And, you can use a variety of dressings.

Make sure the lettuce is fresh and crunchy. For added texture and flavor, top it with croutons or roasted nuts. This makes it a unique dish!

Add to sandwiches

Coleslaw is a delicious way to add flavor and texture to sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Start by making a mayo-based dressing with apple cider vinegar, sugar, and mustard – and blend in some herbs for extra flavor. Then use the dressing to combine shredded cabbage, carrots, and onions until fully coated.

Spread the coleslaw on the wrap or the underside of the sandwich. Top with cheese and meat and you have a delectable lunch. Coleslaw can also be used as a topping for burgers for an extra crunchy, flavorful bite. If you want an herbal burst of flavor, add some fresh herbs before serving – it’ll take your sandwich from ordinary to extraordinary!

Top a burger

Coleslaw is a delicious topping for burgers, hot dogs, and more. To bring out its flavor, add mayo, onion powder and sugar. Crisp, cool coleslaw on a bun will make any burger come alive! Here are some tips for making perfect coleslaw:

  • Substitute white vinegar with cider vinegar or add lemon juice/honey for tartness.
  • Top with parsley leaves, capers, bacon bits, or diced boiled egg pieces.
  • Add diced celery/bell pepper for crunch.
  • Mix in minced chives and 1/4 cup of sour cream for creaminess and tang.

Use as a dip for chips

Coleslaw dressing is a creamy, easy-to-make condiment. It’s great on salads, burgers, tacos, and as a dip for chips. Home cooks and chefs love its versatility.

The basic recipe for coleslaw dressing has mayonnaise and either sour cream or buttermilk. You can add herbs and spices to give it flavor. For Mexican-style chips, try adding cumin. For salads, dill or chives are tasty.

At family gatherings, BBQs, and special occasions, it’s a hit as a dip with tortilla chips or veggies. On sandwiches, it’s great with slow-cooked meats such as brisket or pulled pork. Layer it with black pudding and smoked bacon for an amazing feast!

Coleslaw dressing is even delicious at breakfast. Serve it with poached eggs on toast for a yummy morning.

Try this Coleslaw Dressing recipe – your guests will love it!

The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of dressing is used in a coleslaw recipe?

A: The most common dressing used in coleslaw recipes is a mayonnaise-based dressing.

Q: What other ingredients are added to a coleslaw dressing?

A: The dressing is typically made with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and sometimes a bit of mustard. Other ingredients such as celery seed, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper can be added for flavor.

Q: Can the coleslaw dressing recipe be adjusted to taste?

A: Yes, the ingredients in the dressing can be adjusted to taste. For example, you can add more or less sugar, vinegar, or mustard, depending on your preference.

Penelope Rossi
Penelope Rossi

Hello! I'm Penny, a creative recipe developer and food stylist with a love for vegetarian and plant-based cuisine. When not gardening or hiking, you can find me in the kitchen, transforming classic dishes into healthier, veggie-packed versions. Let's embark on a delectable journey of colorful, plant-based delights together!