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This coleslaw recipe dressing makes for the best coleslaw recipe ever. It’s the perfect side dish to pair up with any type of BBQ grilled or smoked meat. This simple BBQ side dish is one of my favorites because it’s fast, easy, and delicious.

It’s no secret that coleslaw really is a BBQ side dish necessity. If you’re looking for an easy recipe with loads of flavor, this is the one for you.

Make certain to pair this coleslaw recipe with mayo up with our tender Smoked Pork Tenderloin for the perfect side dish.

pouring homemade coleslaw dressing over cabbage
It is not a BBQ unless there is homemade coleslaw.

It’s just not a BBQ unless there’s coleslaw on the menu.

I always make certain that I make up this simple coleslaw recipe and there’s never anything left. Coleslaw can be served with just about any favorite Grilled or Smoked BBQ Recipe.

What you’ll find is that this recipe for coleslaw is simple and easy to make. Just a handful of ingredients are needed to create a truly delicious side dish.

homemade coleslaw dressing recipe served in a mini mason jar
This would be good as a dressing on salads as well as a unique dip idea for veggies as well.

How do you make coleslaw dressing from scratch?

Believe it or not, you just need 8 simple ingredients to make this simple coleslaw dressing recipe. Once you do that, mix it, and let it sit for a bit, that’s all you have to do. It’s then ready to apply to the coleslaw and eat.

Ingredients needed to make coleslaw dressing

ingredients to make homemade coleslaw dressing displayed on a blue and white napkin
Homemade coleslaw dressing is always better than store bought!

Tips for Making Coleslaw Dressing

While this recipe is simple to do, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Make certain that you’re mixing the dressing well before applying it to the shredded coleslaw.

It’s must harder to mix once it’s on the cabbage versus making certain it’s mixed well before adding it.

ingredients mixed together for coleslaw
Make sure to mix ingredients together before adding to the cabbage!

You can always add in extra sweetener or sugar at the end once you mix it all together. It’s better to follow the recipe and then alter it slowly than to alter it too much and not like the outcome.

This would be good as a dressing on salads as well as a unique dip idea for veggies as well.

How do you store leftover coleslaw dressing?

The easiest way to store this recipe is to put it in a jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, just stir it and remix and apply.

homemade coleslaw dressing recipe served in a mason jar

Delicious Side Dish Recipes

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

A simple homemade dressing for your coleslaw.
4.50 from 12 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 796kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or spicy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  • In a medium bowl or wide-mouth jar with a lid, add mayo
  • Then add mustard and seasoning, stir to combine
  • Add vinegar and lemon juice
  • Place lid on jar and shake until well combined 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, place on lid and shake again
  • Chill until ready to serve with coleslaw 
  • Store in refrigerator 


Calories: 796kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 50g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. How long can the dressing be stored in the refrigerator if it’s in a jar and not mixed with the cabbage?

    1. Hi Cira, I usually keep it stored in the refrigerator for maximum of 3 days.