Basic Coleslaw Recipe with Tangy Dressing

Basic Coleslaw
Diana Rattray
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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This basic coleslaw is made with a tangy mayonnaise dressing and celery salt. Sugar is added to sweeten the dressing, and a shredded carrot adds color. For additional color, you might add a bit of shredded purple cabbage or some red bell pepper, sliced very thinly.

Serve this tasty coleslaw with pulled pork or summer meals, or take it along to a potluck or family cookout. It's wonderful with Southern fried chicken and fried fish or seafood as well, and it makes a great topping for fish tacos.

If you have a food processor, use it to shred the cabbage and carrot, or slice or chop the cabbage by hand. See the tips and variations for how to shred cabbage by hand and a few flavor ideas. 

See Also
Light and Easy Summer Slaw
Carolina Slaw (no mayonnaise)

What You'll Need

  • 6 cups shredded or chopped green cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (cider vinegar or white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. Toss cabbage in a large bowl with the carrots.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture over the cabbage and carrots and toss to coat thoroughly.
  3. Refrigerate until serving time.

Tips and Variations

  • To shred the cabbage by hand, place it on its core and cut it into wedges. Cut each wedge into thin slices crosswise. 
  • Add about 1/4 cup of crumbled bacon to the coleslaw.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of shredded purple cabbage for extra color. 
  • Add about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder to the dressing mixture.
  • The sugar may be replaced with an artificial sweetener. I sometimes use a drop or two of EZ-Sweetz (liquid sucralose).