This simple and creamy homemade Coleslaw Dressing can be made in just a couple of minutes and it SO much better than anything you can buy from the store.
This is my go-to dressing for coleslaw but it also tastes really great with lots of different salads. It is one that I like to make often because we use it so much and it is yummy.
This homemade coleslaw dressing is creamy with just the right amount of tanginess. It only contains a few ingredients like mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds and salt and pepper. It is quick to whisk up and it really makes the coleslaw if you ask me. I love making this dressing at home versus buying it at the store because I know exactly what is going into it!
- apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- celery seeds
- ground black pepper
My secret ingredient for making a dressing for cole slaw:
I have a mystery ingredient that makes this the best coleslaw dressing ever. Are you ready to be let in on the secret???
Celery seeds. Celery seeds are tiny but they pack a serious punch. It adds a tasty dimension to the dressing that you won’t want to miss out on.
How to Make Coleslaw Dressing
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, salt, black pepper, and Dijon mustard until well combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the amount according to your preference.
You can also experiment with adding other ingredients to the dressing, such as garlic, onion powder, lemon juice, or hot sauce, to give it a different flavor profile. A couple dollops of sour cream or Greek yogurt create a creamier version. Additionally, you can adjust the thickness of the dressing by adding more or less vinegar or mayonnaise, depending on your preference.
Store your dressing in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. Use it as a salad dressing – pouring a portion of the dressing over a single serving of salad, or make one large batch of coleslaw by pouring the dressing over shredded cabbage (about 8 cups) and any other vegetables or mix-ins you like in your coleslaw. Or pour over a 14-ounce bag of coleslaw mix or a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots. Toss until everything is evenly coated.
Store your coleslaw dressing in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week and use as you'd like for a salad dressing or to make 1 large batch of coleslaw. Once you've added your coleslaw dressing to your salad or cabbage - store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is coleslaw dressing made of?
Coleslaw dressing only uses a handful of ingredients like mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds and salt and pepper. There are other variations but this is the most classic dressing in my book.
Why do people put coleslaw on BBQ sandwich?
Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it! Though traditionally served as a side dish, Coleslaw on a barbecue sandwich gives some crunch that you would miss out on otherwise. It adds so much flavor too. Try putting coleslaw on your next pulled pork sandwich-you will not be sorry! We have even put it on our grilled chicken sandwiches.
How long does coleslaw dressing last?
It will stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.
Can I use a sugar substitute instead of the sugar when making coleslaw dressing?
Feel free to substitute the sugar in the dressing with Splenda or swerve. Use the same amount as you would sugar. If you want a less sweet dressing, decrease the amount by just a tad.
More picnic salads:
- Classic Potato Salad Recipe
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Deli-Style Broccoli Salad
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- Classic Tuna Pasta Salad
- Cornbread Salad
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Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: Serves 6-8 1x
This classic coleslaw dressing recipe is make with mayo, a little vinegar, sugar, and a few simple secret spices and it's perfect to top your favorite coleslaw recipe or any other salad that you like.
- ¾ cups mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add the mayo, vinegar, mustard, sugar, celery seeds, salt, and black pepper to a small bowl.
- Whisk to combine.
- Serve over your favorite salad.
- This is a perfect amount of dressing for a 14 ounce bag of coleslaw salad mix or about 8 cups of chopped cabbage.
- You can find my full coleslaw recipe, using this dressing recipe here.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week and use as you'd like for a salad dressing or to make 1 large batch of coleslaw.
- You can use this one any kind of salad, cabbage, or mixed greens that you like. It's a delicious general salad dressing.
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a week.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Category: side
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: cole slaw dressing, how to make cole slaw dressing, dressing for cole slaw
Homemade Coleslaw Dressing is creamy, tangy and has just the right amount of sweetness. It takes the traditional coleslaw salad to a whole new level.
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