Classic Creamy Coleslaw

This classic coleslaw recipe is the only one you'll ever need, trust us. To make this potluck favorite, you can use a mix of red and green cabbage, or just choose one or the other.

Classic Creamy Coleslaw
Photo: Andy Lyons Cameraworks LTD
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds

  • 4 cup shredded green and/or red cabbage

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions


  1. For dressing, in a large bowl combine first six ingredients (through celery seeds).

  2. Add cabbage, carrots, and green onions; stir to coat. Cover and chill at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours). Stir before serving.


If desired, substitute 5 cups packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix) for the cabbage and carrots.

Vinaigrette Coleslaw

Prepare as directed, except omit mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery seeds; increase vinegar to 1/4 cup; and use 2 tbsp. sugar. For vinaigrette, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, 2 Tbsp. canola oil, and 1/4 tsp. each dry mustard and black pepper.Nutrition analysis per serving: 80 calories, 1 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 70% Vitamin A, 21% Vitamin C, 217 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 2% iron

Tex-Mex Coleslaw

Prepare as directed, except omit sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and celery seeds and increase mayonnaise to 2/3 cup. For dressing, combine mayonnaise, salt, 1/3 cup salsa, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Substitute bite-size strips red sweet pepper for the carrots and add 1 cup frozen roasted corn, thawed, to cabbage mixture. Serve with lime wedges and hot pepper sauce.Nutrition analysis per serving: 218 calories, 2 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 19 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 21% Vitamin A, 60% Vitamin C, 464 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 4% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

156 Calories
14g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 20.1mg 101%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 166mg 4%
Folate, total 28mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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