Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing | #recipe

When you grow up in Pittsburgh, coleslaw is only sometimes a side dish. More often, it’s one of many components in only the best sandwich known to man. If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh and enjoyed a legendary Primanti Brothers sandwich, you owe yourself a trip. At the very least, make one at home! The sandwiches are popular because they put both coleslaw and French fries inside the sandwich. It might sound nutty, but it’s seriously one of the most genius creations.

In my family, coleslaw was sort of a side dish of last resort; instead, things like potato salad or macaroni salad would show up at picnics. I’ve developed a taste for coleslaw as I’ve gotten older, and actually love when it’s served alongside a main dish at a restaurant. It’s always a pleasant surprise and I devour it. I do prefer coleslaws that are tossed in a creamy dressing and not super heavy on the mayonnaise, which is the way I make it at home. I’ve previously shared an oil and vinegar coleslaw (that’s the version used on Primanti Brothers sandwiches), and after making a batch of the creamy version yesterday, I realized I’d never shared it with you! Problem solved.

Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing | #recipe

Given everything I just told you about my love of Primanti Brothers sandwiches, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that the number one reason I make coleslaw at home is to… put it on sandwiches. I made a batch about a month ago to put on sandwiches with barbecued chicken that I had made in the Crock-Pot, and this week I made a batch for pastrami sandwiches. My husband and I both love pseudo-Reuben sandwiches. I say pseudo because instead of corned beef we use pastrami, and instead of sauerkraut, we use coleslaw. The bread is slathered in Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese is added, then I butter and griddle them in a cast iron skillet.

Since I can’t eat lunchmeat right now (I know, I can heat it, but it’s not the same, I prefer to just skip it), I made mine sans meat, but oh my, the smell of that pastrami when I was making my husband’s sandwich was intoxicating! I wanted to dive head-first into the deli bag. A pastrami Primanti’s sandwich might just be the first thing I eat after I give birth. Write it down.

Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing | #recipe

Now, back to the coleslaw… I love it because it’s creamy but not in that gloppy mayonnaise-y way. I highly recommend refrigerating it for two hours before eating it; it gives the dressing time to all meld together. When you first mix it together, it will seem way too high on vinegar, but once it’s had a chance to sit, all of the flavors balance out perfectly.

Whether you eat it as a side dish or on sandwiches, this is such an easy, basic coleslaw dressing to keep tucked away for whipping up a batch in a hurry. No store-bought bottle necessary!

Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing | #recipe

One year ago: Thin Crust Pizza
Two years ago: Homemade Tropical Trail Mix
Three years ago: Buttermilk Doughnuts
Four years ago: Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins
Five years ago: Ultimate Ginger Cookies
Six years ago: Strawberry Mirror Cake

Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Servings 6 to 8 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle
Buy a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots and you can have coleslaw in 5 minutes!


  • ¾
  • 4
    (cider or rice vinegar)
  • 1
    granulated sugar
  • 1
    light brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
    (to taste)
  • 16
    coleslaw mix
    (combination of shredded cabbage and carrots)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugars, salt and pepper. Add the cabbage mixer a handful at a time, stirring to combine the dressing before adding more cabbage.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving


Calories: 74kcal
Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 3mg
Sodium: 261mg
Potassium: 170mg
Carbohydrates: 15g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 11g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 75%
Vitamin C: 27.6%
Calcium: 43%
Iron: 0.4%

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