Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

What good is coleslaw without the dressing? This recipe for creamy coleslaw dressing is an absolute crowd-pleaser, and you could even expand and use it on various types of salad. If you are one of the people who are into the cream-based slaw dressings, then look no further than this delicious recipe that doesn't skip out on flavor. This tangy and citrusy dressing adds a ton of zip to the coleslaw, and it's really a match made in heaven.

Recipe developer Miriam Hahn came up with this quick and easy coleslaw dressing recipe that adds the perfect amount of flavor to your slaw. "I love this recipe because it is a classic side dish favorite, and everyone typically loves it," Hahn raves."It is also super easy, and with pre-shredded coleslaw bags, it is super quick and easy." You could make your own slaw from scratch, or follow Hahn's lead and use a pre-made mix with this delicious homemade dressing.

Gather the ingredients for this creamy coleslaw recipe

As with most recipes, the first thing you will need to do is make a list and head to the grocery store. For this dressing, you will need mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, celery seed, garlic granules, onion granules, sugar, and salt. "For substitutions you can definitely use Vegenaise (vegan Mayonnaise) to keep this recipe healthier with absolutely no change in taste," Hahn says. "You can substitute another vinegar type for the apple cider vinegar or you can use lemon juice. And you can substitute any brown mustard for the Dijon."

Mix up the dressing

To mix the dressing, you will need a small bowl. Go ahead and toss in the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, celery seed, garlic granules, onion granules, sugar, and salt. Use a small whisk to mix and combine everything well. 

"The secret ingredient here is the celery seed. It adds a slightly peppery taste with a tangy, citrus undertone," Hahn says. "I have always loved celery seed or celery salt in bloody Mary's and love using it in this coleslaw." 

Pour the dressing over coleslaw

Once you finish mixing the dressing, that means it's ready to go on your coleslaw. For this amount of dressing, a 10-ounce bag will provide the right slaw-to-dressing ratio. Be sure to chill the coleslaw with the dressing for at least an hour before you serve.

Serving suggestions and leftovers

Of course, this creamy coleslaw dressing is great with coleslaw itself, but Hahn provides a few additional serving suggestions that you may want to try! "This is great as a side dish with the typical barbecue fare but also great with sandwiches or as a topper on sloppy joes, tacos, or burgers," Hahn says of the dressing. "You can use this dressing on a hearty kale salad, as a topper on a veggie burger, fish sandwich, or a dip for french fries, fried zucchini, or these air-fried bbq cauliflower wings."

If you happen to have any leftovers, they can stretch for a while. "You can store the dressing (and coleslaw) in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days," Hahn adds.

Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
4.9 from 19 ratings
This creamy coleslaw dressing will add a deliciously tangy sweetness to your cabbage mix.
Prep Time
Cook Time
creamy coleslaw dressing in bowl
Total time: 5 minutes
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, celery seed, garlic granules, onion granules, sugar, and salt. Make sure it is well blended.
  2. Add the dressing to a premade coleslaw mix, chill for at least 1 hour, and serve.
Calories per Serving 209
Total Fat 22.4 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 11.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 1.1 g
Sodium 195.4 mg
Protein 0.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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