Easy Coleslaw Dressing


A creamy coleslaw dressing that can be made with ingredients you already have! You can pour it immediately over a 14-ounce package of coleslaw mix or refrigerate until needed.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
6 servings

With minimal ingredients and prep work, this top-rated coleslaw dressing is your new summer potluck secret — but don't take it from us, take it from over 1,500 reviewers who gave it a five-star rating. You can shred your own cabbage and carrots or transform store-bought coleslaw mix into a refreshing and creamy side dish with this dressing.

a low angle, close up view of a closed jar of coleslaw dressing with a bowl of shredded cabbage nearby
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

What Is Coleslaw Dressing Made Of?

This creamy, mayo-based dressing uses ingredients you likely have on hand: sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, and of course, mayonnaise. The resulting dressing is just the right balance of sweet, tangy, creamy, and peppery!

  • Mayonnaise: For a creamy coleslaw, as opposed to vinegar-based, mayonnaise is essential. Use your favorite store brand or make your own!
  • Sugar: A sweetener is necessary to balance out the tang of the vinegar and the acidity of the lemon. This recipe calls for standard white sugar, but honey or maple syrup may also be used.
  • Lemon juice: Not all coleslaw dressing calls for lemon juice, but it helps to amp up the flavor and add some brightness.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is the primary source of coleslaw's signature tang. Use either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper: Bring it all home with a little salt and pepper! No need to get fancy with seasonings, the simplicity of this recipe is what makes it so good.

How to Use Homemade Coleslaw Dressing

This recipe makes enough dressing for a 14-ounce bag of coleslaw mix, or about 8 cups of shredded cabbage and carrots. Make the dressing up to a week in advance and refrigerate until you're ready to put it to use. When it comes time to serve, simply toss the coleslaw in the dressing.

How to Store Coleslaw Dressing

You can make your coleslaw dressing ahead of time so that it's at the ready anytime you want to make coleslaw. Refrigerate coleslaw dressing in an airtight container. For best results, use within one week.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"We ate it as a side as well as on a bun of BBQ pulled chicken. Really good both ways," says reviewer NettieO.

"I mixed it into a 14oz bag of coleslaw mix and it wasn't too runny or dry," says reviewer Sarah Flores. "I was afraid it would be too peppery because I'm not a fan of pepper, but it was well balanced. On my 2nd helping, I sprinkled a little celery seed on top and I liked it even better."

"I think the key was making dressing the day before and letting the flavors intensify overnight," says reviewer Kim.

Editorial contributions by Melanie Fincher


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy coleslaw dressing prepped and measure out

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  2. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, and salt together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

    Ingredients for easy coleslaw dressing whisked together in a clear bowl

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  3. Store in an airtight container.

    a low angle, close up view of a closed jar of coleslaw dressing with a bowl of shredded cabbage nearby


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 9mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love