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This creamy coleslaw dressing is better than anything that you can ever buy at the grocery store! It’s an easy recipe with basic ingredients that provide the perfect balance for your cabbage mix. Once you make this homemade coleslaw dressing recipe, you’re going to be pairing this side dish with every one of your favorite grilling recipes all summer long!

The best part about making homemade dressing for coleslaw is that it has the perfect refreshing taste! Once you make it once, you’ll never buy anything store-bought again!

coleslaw dressing in a mason jar Creamy Dressing for a Classic Coleslaw Recipe

You’re going to be making this up for a traditional picnic treat! This makes enough dressing for a delicious side dish that has a unique flavor that you’ll love. You can smother the crunchy cabbage with this great flavor of this perfect coleslaw dressing. It’s as simple as literally adding to your favorite bag of coleslaw mix.

I’ve been making this easy coleslaw dressing recipe for years and it’s always a hit! It’s my go-to summer recipe when I want to make something cool and refreshing. Or when I have a head of cabbage and need an easy recipe to whip up!

Perfect for summer potlucks and pairs amazingly with a pulled pork sandwich as well. If you’re used to traditional coleslaw recipes, this is going to be a huge hit!

ingredients needed to make dressing for coleslaw

Ingredients needed for the Best Coleslaw Recipe

  • Mayonnaise – You can use regular or light.
  • Spicy or dijon mustard – I like to use spicy but the kids prefer regular.
  • Onion powder – This is a key ingredient for flavor.
  • Sugar – You can also use a sugar alternative if you don’t want to add sugar.
  • Celery seed – This is a great addition to taste.
  • Cider vinegar – You can use apple cider vinegar.
  • Lemon juice – Can use lime juice as well.

How to make this easy coleslaw recipe

Just follow the simple directions to make this easy dressing recipe.

Step 1: Add the mayo

Add the mayonnaise to a jar.

Step 2: Mix the seasonings

Add in the seasoning and the mustard and stir.

Step 3: Add the liquid

Add in the lemon juice and the vinegar.

Step 4: Shake

Put the lid on the jar and shake until mixed.

Step 5: Shake again

Add salt and pepper and put on the lid and shake again.

Step 6: Chill

Chill until ready to add to your cabbage.

Step 7: Store

Store in the fridge.

hand pouring the dressing over coleslaw

Tips for making salad dressings

Even though this cole slaw dressing is simple and easy to do, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Adding in the lemon juice adds the perfect citrus flavor and taste. Mixed with the 1/2 cup mayonnaise, it really does combine quite well. The white sugar adds the right amount of sweetness to balance it all out.


What if I don’t have shredded cabbage prebought at the store?

All you need to do is use your food processor and chop up your green cabbage and red cabbage that way. You can even add in some broccoli and turn it into a broccoli slaw, too.

Can you use apple cider vinegar in this recipe?

You bet. I’ve used either type and they all work out great.

How far ahead should you put the dressing on coleslaw?

You can add it a day in advance but the sooner that you do add it, it will take away some of the crunch factors of the recipe.

How long will homemade coleslaw last in the fridge?

For the best flavor and taste, the recipe should be eaten within 3 days of making it.

I really think that this is going to go to the top of your list of delicious dressings. This creamy coleslaw recipe is one of my favorite recipes because it makes that classic delicious homemade coleslaw that I’ve eaten all my life.

I love to make this during grilling season because it pairs perfectly with barbecue sauce, pork sandwiches, and any type of pasta salad, too. It really is the ultimate side dish that will easily become a family favorite.

If you liked this simple dressing recipe, make certain to check out these other easy summer dishes!

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Coleslaw Dressing

This creamy coleslaw dressing is better than anything that you can ever buy at the grocery store! It's an easy recipe with basic ingredients that provide the perfect balance for your cabbage mix.
3.88 from 41 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or spicy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl or wide mouth jar with a lid, add mayo
  • Then add mustard and seasoning, stir to combine
  • Add vinegar and lemon juice
  • Place lid on jar and shake until well combined
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, place on lid and shake again
  • Chill until ready to serve with coleslaw
  • Store in refrigerator
Keyword: coleslaw, salad dressing
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!


  1. 5 stars
    This will be my go-to from now on!! I almost stopped at the store to purchase some dressing & I said ‘What, are you crazy? Make some at home!!’ Tastes way better & is so much healthier without all the preservatives!! Thank you!

  2. 1 star
    Had high hopes for this dressing but did not like. Way too tangy & sour. I think the dijon mustard was too much. Moving on to a different dressing.

  3. 5 stars
    Really good and easy and so much cheaper than bought

  4. 5 stars
    Really good it’s a keeper

  5. Can I freeze cole slaw dressing?

  6. Excellent. Great on keto. I just replace the sugar with a blend of alternative sweeteners. Best slaw dressing I have ever made!

  7. How long can I keep the dressing in the fridge? maybe will use half since only one person.

  8. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! Why buy bottled?

  9. Robert Partigianoni says:

    5 stars
    I made this and very good. I have been making a homemade version of coleslaw dressing for about 4 years now. I have never bought another bottle of store bought since. As you said it is fresh and mixed just before serving makes it fresh. I usually make it as I am starting the meat and after mixing with the coleslaw cabbage and carrots, i put in fridge to keep it cool and marinate. I also add about one slice of onion finely chopped to the dressing and a teaspoon of sour cream.

  10. Absolutely delicious and so easy. Keeper for sure!

  11. Ronda Gregory says:

    5 stars
    You did NOT LIE!! YUMMMMM- made for Memorial Day with ribs & corn on cob. I think this would be great dip for fried mushrooms or fried zucchini!! GOOD JO !!!

  12. Linda Schuck says:

    I have 2 gallons of coleslaw dressing . I need to can it in half pint jars. I’ve canned for decades, but not sure about time, or 5,10,15 pounds of pressure.

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