This homemade Creamy Coleslaw is a super quick & easy side dish for your next picnic. There’s a secret ingredient that makes it better than any bottled dressing!
Sometimes, you just need a classic like this creamy coleslaw recipe.
I’ll have to admit…side dishes are not my most favorite thing to make. I love eating them, but they always seem like a lot of work when the dish is not the main dish to eat.
Sometimes I need a quick side dish to have with a home meal or to take to a dinner.
This is where Creamy Coleslaw comes in. This recipe comes from Taste of Home and although I am not completely in love with coleslaw, this creamy version hits the spot and never disappoints!
What is coleslaw?
Coleslaw is a traditional American side dish made with cabbage and a creamy sauce. Coleslaw is from the Dutch world koolsla which means “cabbage salad”. Coleslaw always has shredded cabbage, but sometimes you’ll find it with a creamy dressing and other times with a vinaigrette.
How bad is coleslaw for you?
It’s not exactly health food. Although you are getting a hefty dose of cabbage and carrots, coleslaw also has quite a bit of fat from the mayonnaise and also sugar. To lighten the calories and fat, use light mayo (or make your own homemade mayo), then use lower fat sour cream. You can also use coconut sugar or monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar.
Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
This recipe calls for a mixture of sour cream and salad dressing. You can feel free to use either mayo or Miracle Whip. I know families are generally all for one or the other. We use both in our house. And I’ve made this coleslaw with both successfully.
I think the sour cream is what we call our “secret ingredient” in this recipe. It makes the dressing so…well… creamy! It tones down the flavor and makes it “calmer” than some storebought dressings.
How to Make Coleslaw
You’ll love how quick and easy this coleslaw is to mix up.
- Buy a bag of coleslaw mix. Yes, you can shred your own cabbage and carrots, but the pre-packaged mixes are perfectly fine.
- Mix up the dressing in a small bowl.
- Add the dressing to the coleslaw mix.
You’re done…and you’ve made homemade coleslaw dressing! So much better than the bottled kind.
What do you eat coleslaw with?
Get creative with how you serve this Creamy Coleslaw. Use it as a side dish, or a topping for a sandwich!
How long does homemade coleslaw last in the fridge?
Coleslaw will last about 3-5 days in the refrigerator. The cabbage will wilt slightly as it sits in the creamy dressing. I often add freshly shredded cabbage to leftover coleslaw to brighten it and freshen it up a bit.
Other Picnic Side Dishes
Creamy Coleslaw Recipe
- 14 ounces package coleslaw mix
- 3/4 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- Place coleslaw mix in a large bowl.
- In another small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and stir until blended.
- Pour over coleslaw mix and stir to coat.
- Store in the refrigerator until serving.