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Creamy Coleslaw in a wooden salad bowl with salad servers.
Basic Coleslaw
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
A slaw is any mix of shredded vegetables, but coleslaw usually refers to a cabbage salad. Here are two recipes for a basic coleslaw - one with a creamy dressing and the other with a vinaigrette. Both of these recipes use red and green cabbage, along with carrots, but you could use just one color for a more dramatic salad.
Course: Side Dishes, Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lunch
Servings: 8 Nutrition info is for Creamy Coleslaw
Calories: 126 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup thinly sliced white or red onion, about ¼ onion, rinsed with water
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
Creamy Dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine the cabbages and onion in a large bowl, and toss with salt. Let the vegetables sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Before dressing the cabbage, drain away any liquid that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl and add the shredded carrots.
  2. For the Vinaigrette: In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, mustard powder and celery seed to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vegetable oil. Pour the hot vinaigrette over the cabbage and onions and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover and refrigerate
  3. For the Creamy Dressing: In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, celery seed salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the vegetables and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Basic Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2955IU59%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.