Cole Slaw Dressing

Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe

The Spruce


Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
273 Calories
26g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 273
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 18mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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.


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  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise

  • 5 to 6 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning, or​ seasoned salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe ingredients
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  2. In a large jar or medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, 5 to 6 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.

    Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe
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  3. Toss with shredded or chopped cabbage and refrigerate for an hour or two before serving for best flavor.

    Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe
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  4. This dressing makes enough for about 1 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).

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  5. 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. 

    Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe
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  • Instead of tossing the dressing with plain cabbage, try a cabbage and kale coleslaw combination.
  • Consider salting your cabbage before you make coleslaw for tender yet crispy results. Toss shredded cabbage with a few teaspoons of salt—about 2 teaspoons per pound—and transfer it to a colander. Let it stand for 20 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture and use it in your salad.

Recipe Variations

  • Reduce the amount of sugar for a less sweet slaw, or use a sugar substitute (follow the label for equivalent amounts).
  • Substitute celery salt for the Creole seasoning.
  • Add one clove of finely minced and mashed garlic to the dressing for garlic flavor. Or use about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Use the dressing with broccoli slaw instead of cabbage.