Cole Slaw Dressing

coleslaw dressing

The Spruce


Ratings (42)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
271 Calories
26g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This dressing is a classic combination of sweet and tart flavors for coleslaw or cabbage salad. It makes enough to dress about 1 medium head of shredded or chopped cabbage or about  1 1/2 pounds of packaged coleslaw mix. 

For best flavor, cover the container and chill the slaw for a few hours before serving. Also, the cabbage gets a bit juicier as it sits, so don't worry that there isn't enough dressing. After an hour or so in the fridge, it will be creamy and delicious.

The amount of sugar in the dressing is a matter of taste, so add about half the amount, to begin with, then more as needed. For a lighter slaw and dressing, take a look at this summer slaw recipe.



  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning (or​ seasoned salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

In a large jar or medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, 3 to 4 tablespoons of the sugar, the vinegar, celery seed, Creole seasoning, and black pepper. Whisk to blend or cover the jar and shake it until well blended.

Toss with shredded or chopped cabbage and refrigerate for an hour or two before serving for best flavor.

This dressing makes enough for about one medium head of cabbage. We like to add some grated carrot and onion or onion powder to the mixture, or you could use green cabbage with some shredded red cabbage (see the note about red cabbage and red onion in the Tips and Variations, below).

Serve coleslaw with any summer meal, barbecued ribs, grilled chicken, burgers, or pulled pork, or use it to top shredded beef or chicken sandwiches. It is, of course, an essential side to serve with fried catfish or fish and chips! 

Tips and Variations

Instead of tossing the dressing with plain cabbage, try a cabbage and kale coleslaw combination.

Add 2 or 3 shredded carrots for extra color and nutritional value.

Substitute celery salt for the Creole seasoning.

Use a sugar substitute to sweeten the slaw, such as liquid stevia, sucralose, or erythritol. (Buy All Natural Stevia Liquid Drops From Amazon)

Make a confetti slaw with some shredded green and red bell pepper, purple onion, carrot, and purple cabbage. It's worth noting that purple cabbage and purple onion will fade and color the dressing a pink shade after several hours (this includes packaged slaw mixes), and they will not be as attractive the next day. 

Add one clove of finely minced garlic to the dressing for garlic flavor.

Use the dressing with broccoli slaw.

Other possible additions, bacon, crushed pineapple or chunks, raisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, or shredded kohlrabi or fennel.