Easy Creamy Coleslaw

You don't need to buy coleslaw dressing. If you're wondering what dressing to use for coleslaw, this recipe for the salad has a mayonnaise-based dressing that tastes authentically homemade. It is fast, easy to make, and I'll bet you have the ingredients on hand in your pantry already! Cabbage is a seasonal vegetable almost year round in Canada, which makes this one of our regular family dinner recipes on a budget that we enjoy. This post also includes a link to a seasonal vegetable calendar.  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for sneak peaks of projects I'm working on.
You don't need to buy coleslaw dressing. This is a family dinner recipe on a budget & the dressing is fast, easy to make, and I'll bet you have the ingredients on hand in your pantry already! This is my recipe for coleslaw with a mayonnaise-based dressing that tastes authentically homemade.

If there is one thing my family loves, it's a good BBQ in the middle of our Canadian winter. Call us crazy, but there's something about it that reminds us summer will be back. One day. 

In the summer months, we gravitate to having fresh summer salads, corn on the cob, and anything that is in season in our garden. But in the winter months .... ? I'm really big on trying to eat seasonally, for the most part. No only does it reduce our carbon footprint, but it's more cost efficient as well. If you're Canadian and you're wondering what veggies and fruits are seasonal at the moment, check out this amazing seasonal produce calendar by Foodland Ontario!

One lovely vegetable that is a great buy almost year round is cabbage. This particular growing season was a long one due to the warmer fall months in Southern Ontario, and so the cabbage used in this coleslaw when I was doing my recipe testing was grown on a farm around the corner from me (Top Tomato Farms - 19th Avenue Farmers Market). It was part of a "clearance sale" of produce boxes with a mix of various veggies sold to customers for only $20 (only available at the end of the season, although their prices are fantastic throughout the growing season). Not to mention that coleslaw is one of those awesome salad recipes for BBQ sides!

This coleslaw salad and dressing recipe is really easy to make - as simple as grating the cabbage and making a dressing in 5 minutes. My husband is crazy about this coleslaw (calling it the "world's best" coleslaw) and my toddler devours it (and he's generally not a veggie fan these days). We hope you enjoy making, and eating, this side salad as much as we do!


Easy Creamy Coleslaw

Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings


Easy Creamy Colelslaw Ingredients / Seasonal Vegetables
  • 7 cups of cabbage, shredded could be green cabbage, or a mix of green and red if you have both on hand)
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard


  1. Shred your cabbage and carrot in a food processor.
  2. Place the cabbage and carrot mixture into a medium sized serving bowl
  3. Mix the mayonnaise, maple syrup, lemon juice, cider vinegar, ground pepper, salt, celery seeds and Dijon mustard in a small bowl with a whisk ensuring they are thoroughly combined. Taste the dressing and see if any of the seasonings need to be adjusted.
  4. Pour the dressing over the shredded cabbage mixture.
  5. Toss the cabbage mixture and dressing to thoroughly combine. Can be enjoyed immediately, or made in advance and refrigerated. 

What are your favourite recipes for easy salads? What other family dinner recipes on a budget are your staples?

Easy Creamy Coleslaw Recipe