Coleslaw Dressing

This homemade coleslaw dressing recipe will take any coleslaw to a whole new level! Made with just 5 ingredients, it's creamy, tangy, and delicious.

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Once you learn how to make coleslaw dressing at home, you’ll never buy it at the store again! Here’s why:

  1. It’s super easy. This creamy coleslaw dressing recipe calls for 5 basic ingredients, and it only takes a few minutes to whisk together.
  2. It’s made with good-quality whole foods ingredients. When you make homemade coleslaw dressing, you know exactly what’s in it. There aren’t any additives or stabilizers here, and it’s sweetened naturally with maple syrup instead of processed sugar.
  3. And last but not least, it’s delicious! This creamy, tangy dressing makes fantastic coleslaw, but it’s darn good on other salads too. Toss it with lettuce, baby greens, or kale, or use it to make broccoli salad. Once you have it on hand, you’ll find all sorts of ways to use it.

If you like coleslaw, you’ll love this easy dressing recipe. Let’s cook!

Carrots and cabbage in a mixing bowl

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe Ingredients

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this homemade coleslaw dressing:

  • Mayo – For the best flavor, use really good mayonnaise in this recipe. If I’m using store bought mayo, my first pick is Sir Kensington’s. My homemade vegan mayo is great here too!
  • Apple cider vinegar – It makes the dressing nice and tangy.
  • Dijon mustard – It adds extra tang and a mild peppery flavor.
  • Maple syrup – It balances the assertive vinegar and mustard.
  • Celery seed – If you’ve made my egg salad, deviled eggs, or creamy potato salad, you know that celery seed, mayo, and mustard taste fantastic together. These little guys add a delicious savory flavor that takes this dressing over the top.

Whisk these ingredients together, and season to taste with salt and pepper!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Homemade slaw with coleslaw dressing

How to Use Homemade Coleslaw Dressing

I most often use this coleslaw dressing in my homemade coleslaw recipe, but it works well with pre-shredded coleslaw mix too. Whether you shred the veggies yourself or use a mix, aim to have about 8 cups of shredded cabbage and carrot. That way, you’ll have enough dressing to lightly coat all the vegetables.

Once you toss the the dressing with the slaw mix, it’s time to eat! I love to serve my homemade coleslaw as a side dish with these classic cookout recipes:

Round out the meal with fruit salad, grilled vegetables, or corn on the cob, and don’t forget the brownies for dessert!

If you have leftover dressing, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. It tastes great with any type of greens, but I especially love it in my kale salad recipe!

Homemade Coleslaw

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If you love this coleslaw dressing recipe, try one of these delicious dressings next:

Coleslaw Dressing

rate this recipe:
5 from 149 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This homemade coleslaw dressing is creamy, tangy, and so darn easy to make. Use it in my creamy coleslaw recipe, or toss it with 8 cups of pre-shredded slaw mix.


  • Scant 3/4 cup mayo or Vegan Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, celery seeds, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper.
  • Serve with about 8 cups cabbage coleslaw mix.


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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Ted

    5 stars
    This tasted better than the store bought I was trying to replicate, and I added a little more syrup to taste. 5 stars

  2. Evelyn Jackson

    What if o dont have celery seeds? What can I use instead ?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      you can just skip them

  3. Sandra Anadio

    5 stars
    Best coleslaw recipe ever! I think it is the maple syrup that does it. I can stop looking for the perfect coleslaw dressing…………I have found it!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sandra, I’m so glad you loved it!

  4. Doris Feher

    5 stars
    . The celery seed is a real punch to the recipe. Thank you!

  5. Doris Feher

    5 stars
    Just made it for Che first time. The celery seed is a real punch to the recipe. Thank you!

  6. Sue

    5 stars
    Everyone loved it! Will be our new go to coleslaw dressing. Thank you!

  7. Erin

    5 stars
    Easy and delish! The best coleslaw dressing I’ve tried!! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  8. Vivian from Love%20and%20Lemons

    5 stars
    We loved the dressing! Creamy but not too Mayo tasting. So easy too make!

  9. Lisa

    5 stars
    Make this all the time! Excellent flavor! I leave out the celery seed and add grated fresh onion

  10. Doris Hannon

    5 stars
    So easy & delicious. I used a bag of broccoli coleslaw mix and added in some dried cranberries and slivered almonds. Topped our fish sandwiches with it. Very good and like that it calls for maple syrup instead of sugar. Will definitely make again.

  11. Martha

    5 stars
    Love this dressing ! Had extra left over how long is it good for?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      So glad! I’d say about 4 days in the fridge.

      • Kathy Conde

        I have a question…could I use 1-16oz bag of coleslaw mix? TY

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          yep, you can!

  12. Cheryl

    5 stars
    Best coleslaw and I can make easily and quickly! Thanks

  13. DM

    5 stars
    Used this with broccoli slaw – it was great!

  14. Marty D

    5 stars
    Great Cole slaw dressing. Took me three minutes to make. Perfect for tonight’s pulled pork sandwiches! Added celery salt to the mix for a little lift.

  15. Anthony B

    5 stars
    This is almost identical to my homemade coleslaw dressing recipe. The only difference is that I sweeten with orange blossom honey and add a splash of lemon juice and a few dashes of hot sauce to mine. It comes out spectacular.

  16. Joelma S.

    5 stars
    Just made it for my 11 year-old. He loved it!!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m happy to hear!

  17. Susan E

    5 stars
    This was so good! Thank you for sharing such a great and easy recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  18. Denise

    5 stars
    Delish!! Tried to post a pic but kept getting error msg.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  19. Jeanine Donofrio

    thanks for your feedback!

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