Creamy Coleslaw

creamy coleslaw

Coleslaw is another perfect summer salad. Now that it’s outdoor dining season, the best meals are the ones with as little last minute prep as possible so you can enjoy the nice weather while it’s here. This creamy dressing is very easy to make and Creamy Coleslaw can be made earlier in the day or a day ahead.

When you search coleslaw online you’ll see popular search terms like “how to make coleslaw like KFC.” Yikes. I want to make coleslaw NOT like KFC. We’re all entitled to our opinions, likes and dislikes so maybe people like the green ground up cabbage salad. And lots of people prefer the oil and vinegar type. Me, I like the creamy dressing kind.

You can chop everything in the food processor if you like. Or, maybe you prefer to shred the cabbage in long strands. I’m somewhere in between. This time I think my pieces were just a little large. Maybe I’ll make them a bit more fork friendly next time.

creamy coleslaw

Mix up the dressing. Just put everything in a bowl or a jar and stir/shake to combine. If you don’t have Miracle Whip style mayo, just use regular and increase the sugar by maybe another teaspoon. Either sour cream or plain yogurt work in this, giving it a slight tang.

creamy coleslaw creamy coleslaw

creamy coleslaw

Toss everything together with almost all of the dressing. Save a bit and add more right before serving if necessary.

It should be creamy but not sloppy.

creamy coleslaw

We always have this with Cornmeal Crusted Crappie.

Here’s the recipe:

Creamy Coleslaw
Serves 4-6


1/4 head large green cabbage
1 large carrot
1/2 sweet red pepper

1/2 C dressing style mayonnaise (like Miracle Whip)
1 Tbsp sour cream or plain yogurt
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp white sugar
pinch of salt and a few grinds of black peppercorns

2 minced green onions for garnish


Peel outer layer of cabbage and shred or finely chop 1/4 of the cabbage. Peel and shred a large carrot. Finely slice and chop 1/2 sweet red pepper.  Combine in large bowl.

Add dressing ingredients to a bowl or jar and stir or shake to combine. 

Add almost all of the dressing to the cabbage mixture and combine. Cover and refrigerate.

Stir and taste before serving. Add more seasoning if desired and more dressing if required.

Top with freshly minced green onions.

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