Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

"A very popular creamy coleslaw recipe with a tasty mayonnaise dressing."

The biggest challenge for a creamy coleslaw dressing is making one that won't become too runny after it sits for a day.

This is an issue found especially when using non or low-fat mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream as the dressing base.

I have found using whole mayo, yogurt or sour cream in smaller amounts will reduce the amount of liquid in your dressing and give you a nice tasty salad. 

If it does get runny after it sits for a while you can drain out the excess liquid and stir the salad again.  Some of the liquid will actually come from the chopped vegetables  over time so it may actually dilute the dressing .

If needed you can always add a small amount of  dressing base(mayonnaise, yogurt,sour cream) to thicken it up again after draining.

Creamy coleslaw basic recipe


1/2 head cabbage-shredded
1 carrot-grated
1/2 cup red onion-chopped

These 3 ingredients will give you a good basic tasty coleslaw. You can always add other ingredients to make it more interesting. Here are a few to consider:

Bell pepper-any colour
Green onion
Any fruit you may have
Any nuts or seeds, even trail mix
Fresh herbs
Pickles-finely chopped


For the dressing below you can substitute sour cream or yogurt for the dressing or mix either one 50/50 with the mayonnaise.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp.celery seed
1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper

Shred cabbage into a large bowl. For shredding tips see This Page. Add grated carrot, chopped onion and any other ingredients from the list above.

Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add to salad and mix well. Transfer to a smaller bowl , cover and refrigerate. Stir again before serving

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