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Southern Coleslaw Recipe (Creamy Coleslaw)

Ashley Boyd
An easy-to-make classic southern coleslaw recipe made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a deliciously sweet, creamy dressing. Serve this coleslaw with smoky barbecue or fried fish for a down-home southern meal!
4.75 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 117 kcal



  • 14 ounce bag of coleslaw mix such as Dole Coleslaw Mix
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, salt, celery salt, and pepper until combined.
  • Place the coleslaw mix in a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over the cabbage. Toss everything together with a wooden spoon or silicone-tipped tongs so that all of the cabbage is coated with the dressing. Serve coleslaw immediately or refrigerate for up to three hours before serving.


  • This coleslaw can also be made with freshly shredded cabbage and carrots.
  • Leftover coleslaw can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.5gFat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 352mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 10.6gCalcium: 13mg
Keyword coleslaw, creamy coleslaw, creamy slaw, slaw, southern coleslaw, sweet coleslaw
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