This coleslaw dressing is creamy, tangy and a little bit sweet. It’s easy to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand.

A typical coleslaw recipe is one of those side dishes that go with anything, from burgers and hot dogs to chicken, ribs, chops, and steaks.

Coleslaw Dressing in a clear jar

What’s in Coleslaw Dressing?

The best coleslaw dressing is creamy and tangy and a touch sweet, more so than a regular salad dressings.

These flavors make it especially good to serve with heavily seasoned foods and anything made with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or mustard.

  • VINEGAR – I love a combination of white vinegar and apple cider vinegar but truly any light colored vinegar will do.
  • MAYO This is the base and makes it creamy. Some of the mayo can be replaced with sour cream or plain yogurt to lighten it up.
  • CABBAGE –  Green or purple cabbage are traditional but serve this over any kind of shredded veggie for a great side.

ingredients to make Coleslaw Dressing

Celery Seed is a spice you may not have on hand but it truly adds great flavor and shouldn’t be skipped in this recipe. If you just need a little bit check the bulk aisle of your grocery store.


Coleslaw dressing will keep in a mason jar in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks so feel free to double (or triple) the recipe. Before using it again, give it a shake or stir.

More Favorite Coleslaws

While a classic coleslaw is a favorite, here are a few of our favorite variations!

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Easy Coleslaw Dressing

This dressing is rich and creamy, It's perfect on a salad for those backyard BBQs!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk.
  • Let sit 30 minutes before serving.
  • Toss with 5 cups shredded cabbage or vegetables.


Coleslaw dressing will keep in a mason jar in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks so feel free to double (or triple) the recipe. Before using it again, give it a shake or stir.
5 from 41 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 200 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 178mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Salad
Cuisine American

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  1. Reminds me of my Mom’s coleslaw. Yum! In fact my Son recently asked for the recipe. It’s now my favorite dressing and my Son’s.5 stars

  2. The 2 vinegars, milder mustard and celery seeds make all the difference! This recipe has become my ‘go-to’ coleslaw dressing!

  3. This recipe has become a go-to recipe for weeknight dinners and quick lunches. It comes together fast, which is great. The coleslaw is tasty on top of barbecued chicken and pork sandwiches, and it’s delicious on its own.5 stars