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Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw is the perfect salad for any meal. Serve it with barbecue, fried fish or tacos. This creamy slaw will be a big hit.

Creamy Coleslaw

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Lately I’ve been loving this Creamy Coleslaw recipe that I adapted from Bobby Flay.  I love the thick creamy coleslaw dressing and it has the best balance of tangy and sweet. It is the best coleslaw recipe!



Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

My family had a catfish restaurant when I was growing up and one of my jobs was to make the coleslaw. I have made countless large batches of coleslaw. If you aren’t a fan of mayonnaise, try this No Mayo Coleslaw with vinegar dressing.

Coleslaw is one restaurant dish that is made just as easily at home. This creamy coleslaw has just 10 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes. I like to use shredded slaw mix but it’s totally fine to shred your own cabbage and carrots. 

If you decide to shred your own cabbage and carrots, you will need about 6 cups of shredded cabbage and 1 cup of shredded carrots for this recipe. 

If you are into meal prep, you can shred your cabbage and carrots ahead of time and keep in a zip top bag. The coleslaw dressing is easy to make ahead and keep in a mason jar. Mix together when you are ready to serve. 

How to Make Creamy Coleslaw:

Coleslaw Dressing for creamy coleslaw

For the creamy coleslaw dressing, add mayonnaise, sour cream, white vinegar, sugar and spices to a bowl and whisk together. 

How to make Coleslaw with creamy dressing

Add slaw mix and celery to large bowl and pour coleslaw dressing over the top. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Creamy Coleslaw with easy homemade coleslaw dressing

How long will Coleslaw keep?

Coleslaw can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Coleslaw dressing can be made ahead and kept in a covered container in the refrigerator a day or two in advance and mixed with slaw mix the day you are serving the coleslaw. 

What to serve with coleslaw?

I serve slaw with just about everything I make, our Easy Smoked Brisket, Dr Pepper Barbecue Sloppy Joes, Fried Chicken Strips, and Smoked Spare Ribs, well you get the picture. Everything including these fabulous Loaded Saw Dogs!

More Coleslaw Recipes to Try:

Creamy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw is a favorite to serve with tacos or any Tex-Mex dinner. Sweet Pepper Slaw is great for wraps or a side for sandwiches and burgers. 

Must Try Side Dishes:

The Best Macaroni Salad is a must for every holiday dinner or cookout. Creamy Dill Potato Salad is another cookout favorite and it’s beyond easy.

Fried Okra is one of our favorites, especially for with fresh okra from our garden. It’s super simple to make and turns out crispy and delicious.

Creamy Cucumber Salad is one of my go-to sides for something super easy. Broccoli Pineapple Salad is a fresh and delicious salad that is perfect for potlucks and family dinners. 

Coleslaw is a great side dish for summer cookouts, holidays and potluck dinners. It’s a versatile dish that just about everyone will like. I have added diced celery to this easy coleslaw for a little added crunch and texture.

After making huge batches of coleslaw for our restaurant I never used a recipe to make a small dish for family meals until I came across this recipe. It’s now my go-to coleslaw recipe. I hope you give it a try!





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Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw is the perfect salad for any meal. Delicious with barbecue, fried fish, or tacos. This creamy slaw adapted from Bobby Flay will be a big hit.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, coleslaw dressing, potluck salad, salad, side dishes, side salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 14 oz slaw mix
  • 1/2 cup diced celery


  • In a medium to large sized bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, grated onion, vinegar, dry mustard and salt and pepper.
  • Whisk together until completely combined.
  • Add slaw mix and diced celery, stirring to coat completely.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Store coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g


  1. Coleslaw is favorite in our family. I make mine pretty much the same way except for using the white vinegar of which I use the brine (pickle juice) either from a jar of Bread & Butter Pickles or brine from jar of dill pickles; all depends on what I have on hand at the time.

      1. When the pickles are gone from the jar, I still save the brine for future use in other ways or use to start another jar of pickles

  2. It is a great creamy salad recipe to eat more veggies! Thank you for the recipe, I made this last night and my family loved it how creamy it is.

  3. Added 1/2 cup raisins (plumped in hot water,drained) and 1/2 an apple in 1/4 inch chunks, kept in water and lemon juice to prevent browning while prepping, then drained; would have added slivered almonds but didn’t have any. Dressing turned out to be in my estimation better than any of the commercial dressings I’ve tried. So far doesn’t seem to have become watery. This will become my go-to for easy cole slaw. Thank you for putting it on the internet.

  4. I just made this recipe today since I am making some for a fish fry this weekend and wanted to try it out first. :). Love it!

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