Coleslaw Dressing Recipe [Homemade & Creamy]

Say goodbye to store-bought coleslaw dressings! We’ll show you how easy it is to whip up a creamy, homemade coleslaw dressing with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

Pouring coleslaw dressing from a jar into coleslaw ingredients

Why You’ll Love Our Coleslaw Dressing 

If you’ve ever been on the hunt for the perfect creamy coleslaw dressing recipe, look no further! 

Our simple, no fuss recipe is a delightful mix of tangy, creamy, and slightly sweet flavours that will take your coleslaw to the next level. I love the kick that horseradish cream and Dijon mustard bring to our coleslaw dressing. They add an extra oomph that you just can’t achieve with plain mayonnaise alone.

It’s versatile, easy to make, and sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Plus, our slaw dressing pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, making it a go-to for any meal or gathering. 

Enjoy your homemade coleslaw dressing! It’s the perfect addition to any dish, adding a burst of flavour that will leave everyone asking for the recipe.

What Can I Use Coleslaw Salad Dressing With?

Coleslaw dressing isn’t just for coleslaw! 

While it’s fantastic for the classic cabbage salad, don’t stop there. Try drizzling it over a crunchy broccoli slaw, charred baby gem lettuce or grilled chicken salad, using it as a dip for our jalapeno poppers or even as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. 

Its creamy tanginess complements grilled meats and seafood and even acts as a great sauce for tacos. The possibilities are endless!

And if you love a good coleslaw recipe, you have come to the right place! We love a delicious slaw recipe—whether it be a classic style with shredded cabbage, a no-mayo vegan style with pear and cabbage, refreshing Asian flavours with bok choy, or a spicy keto-friendly fennel and cabbage slaw.  

Ingredients

These are the main ingredients you need for creamy coleslaw dressing: 

Individually labelled Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
  • Mayonnaise: The base of our dressing, giving it that rich, creamy texture we all love. I prefer to use whole egg mayonnaise because I like the balanced texture while a quality traditional mayonnaise will provide a richer, creamier flavour due to the higher fat content.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adds a tangy punch that balances out the creaminess.
  • Dijon mustard/horseradish cream: For extra zing, I added both Dijon mustard and horseradish cream. I like the mild heat and slightly tart flavours that both these condiments add. They help cut through the richness and keep things interesting. 
  • Maple syrup: The caramel sweetness of maple syrup adds depth, but honey would also work perfectly as a sweetener in the dressing. 

Variations and Substitutions

Horseradish substitute: If you don’t have horseradish cream, you can leave it out altogether. The horseradish adds a nice kick that enhances the overall flavour but not essential. If you do like a little spice, try our spicy coleslaw dressing with Tabasco sauce

Celery seeds: Another popular ingredient for coleslaw dressing is celery seeds to add that extra oomph. You can use this instead of horseradish cream if you have it available in the pantry. 

Sweetener: If you don’t have maple syrup, use honey or rice malt syrup to add sweetness and balance the creaminess.  

Lighter version: To make the creamy coleslaw dressing lighter, substitute half the mayo for plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Vegan coleslaw dressing: Substitute mayonnaise with your favourite vegan mayonnaise. 

Instructions

Step by step instructions for how to make creamy coleslaw dressing: 

In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, horseradish cream, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar together.

Ingredients of coleslaw dressing in a stainless steel bowl

Mix salad dressing well until combined and creamy.

Teaspoon dipped into a jar of coleslaw dressing

How To Make This Dressing Perfectly [Expert Tips]

Quality ingredients: This dress relies heavily on mayonnaise for its rich creaminess. Use high-quality mayonnaise and condiments for the best flavour.

Balance: Taste as you go to ensure the perfect balance of tangy, creamy, and sweet.

Consistency: Depending on what you are using the coleslaw dressing for, you may want to adjust the consistency. If you prefer a lighter dressing, add a little water or extra vinegar for a thinner consistency in salads. For dips or sandwich spread, I would add extra mayonnaise so it is more thicker and less runny when you use it. 

How to Store

Store your coleslaw dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to a week. Just stir it well before using it, and you’re all set.

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Traditional Coleslaw Recipe with Homemade Dressing

When you need a quick and easy side dish for BBQ, parties or potlucks, this traditional coleslaw recipe will be your go-to. No fuss, no frills, just good ol’ classic coleslaw. The creamy, tangy homemade dressing makes all the difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make coleslaw dressing in advance?

Absolutely! In fact, making the dressing a day ahead allows the flavours to meld together, making it even more delicious. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze coleslaw salad sauce?

I would not recommend freezing coleslaw sauce as the texture will not be the same. It is best to make it fresh and use it within the week.

Is this dressing gluten-free?

Yes, this coleslaw dressing is gluten-free. Just check the labels on your mustard and mayonnaise to ensure they don’t contain any hidden gluten.

Can I use a different type of mustard?

Yes, you can substitute Dijon mustard with wholegrain mustard or yellow mustard, though the flavour profile will change slightly.

What if I don’t have horseradish cream?

If you don’t have horseradish cream, leave it out altogether or substitute with ½ teaspoon of celery seeds.

Coleslaw dressing in a jar next to coleslaw salad and a teaspoon

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Coleslaw Dressing Recipe [Homemade & Creamy]

Say goodbye to store-bought coleslaw dressings! We’ll show you how easy it is to whip up a creamy, homemade coleslaw dressing with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: International
Suitable for Diet: Gluten Free
Additional Dietary: Nut Free
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Sammy Eng

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, horseradish cream, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar together.
  • Mix salad dressing well until combined.

Notes

  • If you don’t have horseradish cream, you can leave it out altogether. Alternatively, use ½ teaspoon celery seeds instead of horseradish cream if you have it available in the pantry. 
  • Use honey or rice malt syrup as a maple syrup substitute to add sweetness and balance the creaminess.  
  • Substitute half the mayo with Greek yoghurt or sour cream for a lighter version of the coleslaw dressing.
  • For vegan coleslaw dressing, use your favourite vegan mayonnaise brand.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg

*Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided is an estimate only and generated by an online calculator.

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