Southern Coleslaw Dressing

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission.

Our Southern Coleslaw Dressing is simple yet flavorful with only 5 minutes of prep time and the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Enjoy its creamy texture and balanced flavor for a classic coleslaw recipe that everyone can enjoy.

Dressing in a jar next to a whisk.

Southern Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

There’s something so fresh and so simple about a serving of homemade slaw. Crunchy cabbage mixed with creamy mayo dressing hits the spot every time.

Our coleslaw dressing is one that we make over and over again! It’s fantastic on classic slaw, perfect on broccoli bacon salad, and great on macaroni salad.

This dressing only takes about 5 minutes to make and uses 3 simple ingredients plus salt and pepper. It doesn’t get easier than that!

How to Make Southern Coleslaw Dressing:

This coleslaw dressing is so easy to make, and it has so many uses! That’s a win-win in our book.

Scroll to the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Place the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper into a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Mayo, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Dressing for slaw salad in a glass bowl.

Tips for Success:

  • Adjust the dressing’s consistency by adding 1 tablespoon of mayo at a time to make it thicker. For a thinner dressing, add 1 teaspoon of milk or vinegar at a time. Adding extra vinegar may change the flavor, so use it sparingly.
  • Try mixing just the mayo, vinegar, and sugar then tasting it before adding salt and pepper.
  • Double or triple the recipe for large batches of coleslaw.
  • Add a spritz of lemon juice, celery salt, or celery seeds for a flavor variation.

How to Store Homemade Coleslaw Dressing:

Refrigerator: Store the dressing in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Top down view of a jar of creamy dressing used for coleslaw.

Does Miracle Whip work in this recipe?

Nope, Miracle Whip doesn’t work well for this coleslaw dressing. You’ll want to use your favorite brand of mayonnaise.

Miracle Whip contains excess sugar plus a few other ingredients that don’t mix well with the other flavors.

When should you add the dressing to the cabbage?

We recommend adding the dressing to the cabbage about 15 minutes before serving. Start with a little then add more only if needed.

Make sure to stir before adding extra dressing since some of it usually sinks to the bottom of the bowl.

What can you use in place of white wine vinegar?

If you’re out of white wine vinegar, try champagne vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead. Each variety of vinegar gives the dressing a slightly different flavor, but they all work well.

Mason jar filled with southern coleslaw dressing.

Can you make this into spicy coleslaw dressing?

Sure! Add a bit of cayenne pepper, chipotle powder, hot sauce, adobo sauce, or a little bit of taco seasoning (to taste). Any of those options will add some heat; it just depends on how hot you’d like the dressing and what type of spice you want to add.

Ideas for Using leftover coleslaw dressing:

Southern coleslaw dressing isn’t just for coleslaw. The uses are endless, especially if you love the taste of a sweet and tangy sauce!

Like This Recipe?

We’d love it if you would leave a 5 Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating below and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Jar of coleslaw dressing on a plate.

Southern Coleslaw Dressing

5 from 1 vote
Print Pin
Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper into a bowl and whisk to combine.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup white wine vinegar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, storage information, and FAQs.

Suggested Equipment


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Recipe makes approximately 1 ⅓ cups to 1 ½ cups of dressing.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

Get Our Dip Recipes Ebook!More details here ➡️ FREE EBOOK!
5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating