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Classic Creamy Coleslaw

Best Classic Creamy Coleslaw is super easy and delicious with coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage and a perfect creamy dressing.

This small batch recipe makes a great side dish for two.

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How to make American Coleslaw

Dice the onion.

onions diced fine on a cutting board.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the diced onion, mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar, celery seed, salt, and pepper.

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Fold the coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage into the mayo mixture until well coated.

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For the best flavor, chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Yield: Serves 2

Best Classic Creamy Coleslaw

classic creamy coleslaw in a bowl with a fork on the side

Best Classic Creamy Coleslaw is super easy and delicious with coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage and a perfect creamy dressing.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a small onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together diced onion, mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar, celery seed, salt, and pepper.
  3. Fold coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage into mayo mixture until well coated.
  4. For best flavor, chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 589Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 810mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Chyrel

Sunday 20th of March 2022

This is the best ever coleslaw recipe my husband and Dad luv it. Thank u. My Dad is on a low sodium diet leave out the salt and my husband can’t have seeds this works great for both of them. As good if not better than KFC’s!!!!!

Zona

Sunday 20th of March 2022

Hi Chyrel, I'm so glad you all enjoyed it, thank you :)

Donovan

Monday 16th of August 2021

As a member of a CSA, I receive various fruits and vegetables each week. Last week there was cabbage and onions in the box, so I decided to try this coleslaw recipe to accompany my BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches.

Only made a few tweaks to the recipe: used apple cider vinegar instead of white, added mustard seed to pair with the celery seed, and a dash of Sweet and Hot mustard.

My dining companion gave a thumbs up for this side dish. It is again the perfect quantity for just the two of us. This is being added to my recipe collection. Thanks again for your hard work!

Zona

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Hi Donovan, I sometimes use apple cider vinegar as well. It's a great option for this coleslaw. I will have to try the addition of the mustard seed as it sounds good too. My husband loves sweet and hot mustard so I will give him your opinion on that one. I expect he will be excited to try that. Thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed this recipe.

Aimee

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Subbed in white wine vinegar, but very pleased with this one - among the best slaws I've made, nice balance of sweetness. Perfect with spicy fried pork chops for just myself and my partner.

Zona

Sunday 7th of March 2021

Hi Aimee, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you :)

Haley

Friday 9th of October 2020

This is the most delicious coleslaw! Both me and my DH are picky about coleslaw, but this one is the right balance of creamy and crunchy and sweet and tangy. My only modification is I use apple cider vinegar instead of white.

Zona

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Hi Haley, my husband will be overjoyed to hear this as he developed this recipe himself. Glad you like it so much and thank you :)

Carol

Saturday 25th of July 2020

No celery seed how about celery salt?

Zona

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Hi Carol, you could leave out the celery seed altogether but, if you do decide to use celery salt instead I recommend not adding any other salt and maybe only add 1/8 tsp of the celery salt. You can always add a little more after you give it a taste test.

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