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Cole Slaw Recipe – Creamy Salad Dressing

I looked through a lot of recipes for creamy cole slaw dressings and picked out what I thought was best.  I’ve tried it several times and I think I got lucky.  There hasn’t been anything I wanted to change.  Enjoy.

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage, cut thin
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, cut thin (optional)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded (optional)

Cole Slaw Salad Dressing Ingredients (1 Cup)

  • 4 tblsp simple syrup[1]
  • 4 tblsp sugar
  • 2 tblsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (or garlic salt)
  • 2 tsp onion powder (or onion salt)
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • salt to taste
  • Approximately 12 tblsp real mayonnaise (~3/4 cup)


  • Total volume = Just under 4 quarts, loosely packed, no dressing.
  • Approximate prep time = 30 mins.
  • Cook time = None.
  1. Cut up the vegetables and store separately.  Mix only before eating!  (The most important step).
  2. For the dressing, add all ingredients EXCEPT mayonnaise in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add 1/2 the mayonnaise and mix. 
  4. Add mayonnaise in parts and mix to reach desired consistency.


  • [1]Simple syrup is a 1:1 mix of white sugar and water.  I have it on hand to make my own sodas, but you can break it down to 1/2 sugar + 1/2 water.
  • For one large helping, I usually only need 1-2 tablespoons of dressing.  My estimate for a larger batch was 3/4 cup dressing per 2 quarts dry cabbage, but I think it makes the most sense to add LESS dressing than you need, mix the salad, and then slowly add more so it doesn’t become soupy. 
  • While I really like this recipe and how simple and quick it is, my favorite Cole Slaw Recipe is a vegan sesame-soy-ginger recipe.

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