How to Make Coleslaw Dressing

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Coleslaw, a classic side dish, is loved for its refreshing and crunchy texture. However, what truly elevates coleslaw is a well-balanced dressing that combines creaminess with tanginess. While store-bought dressings are readily available, there’s nothing quite like making your own homemade coleslaw dressing. Not only does it allow you to customize the flavours to your liking, but it also ensures the use of fresh ingredients and avoids preservatives.

To make your coleslaw the star of any meal, you will need

A Creamy Base

The foundation of a great coleslaw dressing lies in achieving a creamy texture. To create this base, you’ll need:

1. 1/2 cup Mayonnaise:

Mayonnaise provides the richness and creaminess that makes coleslaw dressing so irresistible.

2. Lemon Juice:

Squeeze juice from a fresh lemon into the dressing and add 1 tbsp to the mayo. Lemon juice adds a bright and citrusy note, enhancing the overall freshness of the coleslaw.

3. White Wine Vinegar:

Incorporate one tablespoon of white wine vinegar to add complexity and balance to the tangy flavour profile.

4. Honey/Sugar/Sweetener:

To balance the tanginess, drizzle two and a half teaspoons of honey/sugar/sweeteners into the dressing. It adds a touch of sweetness without being overly sugary.

5. Salt and Pepper:

Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste. They help balance the flavours and enhance the overall taste of the coleslaw.


To take your coleslaw dressing to the next level, consider incorporating the following flavour enhancers:

1. Garlic Powder:

Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to lend a subtle savoury note to the dressing.

2. Onion Powder:

Enhance the overall flavour profile with 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder. It imparts a mild onion taste without the texture.

3. Celery Seeds: Incorporate 1/2 a teaspoon of celery seeds to provide a unique and aromatic flavour that complements the coleslaw’s fresh ingredients.

Once you have everything ready, mix all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until evenly incorporated. You can store it in the fridge in a covered container at this point for up to 1 week or use it right away for your salad.

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The Best Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue, Dressing, Easy
Yield: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 192kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2.5 tsp sugar or honey or sweetener
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well to combine.
  • Toss with shredded cabbage and carrots or coleslaw mix. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.1mg


You can serve this coleslaw salad with  Jerk Chicken or Fall-off Bone Pork Ribs. This dressing can stay in the fridge for up to 1 week, therefore, ensuring fresh salad as needed.

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