Coleslaw with Vinegar or Creamy Dressing

Diana Rattray
Ratings (14)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
63 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This coleslaw recipe offers two preparations. It can be made with a basic vinegar dressing or you can add mayonnaise for a creamy dressing.

Feel free to cut the sugar down if you like a less sweet coleslaw. I like onion in coleslaw, but I often use a dash of onion powder instead of freshly grated onions. 

This slaw makes an excellent topping or side dish to serve with pulled pork or shredded beef pot roast or beef brisket.


  • 4 to 5 cups shredded cabbage (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 3 carrots (coarsely shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion (grated)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Optional: mayonnaise

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, toss the shredded cabbage, green pepper, carrots, and onion. Cover and chill thoroughly.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil. Blend well.

  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss before serving.

  4. If creamier coleslaw is desired, stir in some mayonnaise, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until creamy.

Kitchen Notes

This popular vinegar-based Carolina slaw is another excellent choice, it's especially good on pulled pork sandwiches or fish tacos.  This creamy coleslaw, the light summer slaw, and this red cabbage slaw are good options as well. Or, for a change of pace, try this coleslaw with pineapple.


  • Add about 1 teaspoon of celery seeds to the dressing or replace the salt with celery salt.

  • Follow the recipe but add kale to the cabbage for a tasty cabbage and kale slaw.

  • Add about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder in place of the grated onion.

  • Use about 1 1/2 pounds of commercial coleslaw mix in place of the cabbage and carrots. If desired, add the bell pepper and onion.