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This creamy coleslaw recipe is the perfect side dish for BBQs, picnics, or sandwiches. This version is really quick and easy, and the dressing is made from scratch with pantry staples. Ready in 10 minutes!

You may also enjoy my even zestier Creamy Coleslaw Recipe.

creamy homemade coleslaw in a bowl

Ah, coleslaw. There’s like a billion coleslaw recipes out there, and I am adding one more. 😛 I got the idea when I made my Instant Pot pulled pork a few weeks ago since I don’t yet have a coleslaw recipe on the blog. If you make that (you should… I can’t stop thinking about it!), top it with this slaw.

This coleslaw salad recipe is creamy without being too rich, and (to me anyway), it has the perfect balance between tanginess and sweetness. The dressing is super easy to adjust if you want it a touch sweeter on more tangy.

I really like this basic coleslaw recipe because it’s not too involved. You don’t need to chop cabbage. The dressing isn’t fancy. It’s just good, old-fashioned, classic coleslaw.

simple creamy coleslaw in a bowl beside a cloth tea towel

How to make creamy coleslaw dressing

Add the mayo, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), sugar, vinegar, onion powder (optional), and salt & pepper to a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust as needed to suit your taste buds.

Some coleslaw recipes include onions; this one doesn’t, but I do add a bit of onion powder to the dressing to make up for it. Feel free to leave it out if you wish.

creamy coleslaw in a glass bowl with wooden salad utensils

This simple coleslaw recipe can be made hours ahead if needed, so it’s perfect for bringing to all your summer events.

I know it’ll be on repeat here! 🙂

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Will you give this easy coleslaw recipe a try? Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

This simple coleslaw recipe has a delicious creamy homemade dressing that's perfectly tangy and sweet. The best classic coleslaw that is perfect for pulled pork, picnics, or BBQs. 
5 from 3 votes

Simple Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

This creamy coleslaw recipe is the perfect side dish for BBQs, picnics, or sandwiches. This version is really quick and easy, and the dressing is made from scratch with pantry staples. Ready in 10 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (use white or cider)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound coleslaw mix


  • Add the mayo, Greek yogurt, sugar, vinegar, onion power, and salt & pepper to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust ingredients if needed to suit your tastes (e.g. add more sugar or vinegar).
  • Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over top and toss until combined. Season with extra salt & pepper as needed. 
  • Coleslaw can be served immediately or chill it for a few hours first. 


  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 87IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Zohra Adam says:

    5 stars
    Very lovely recipes

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Zohra!

  2. Diana D. DePalma-Henne says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been searching every store for the best coleslaw since our favorite deli closed. NO ONE could come close —-until I made this! It’s SOOOOO creamy and tastes perfect (my husband suggested just a touch more sugar, but that was it! The little bit of onion powder gave it just the right hint in the back of my tongue. BRAVO! No more store-bought coleslaw for us!! Thank you!!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s fantastic!! I’m so happy you like it so much, Diana! 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Have you ever used Miracle Whip instead of mayo and cut the sugar out? My hubby prefers Miracle Whip in coleslaw and I really don’t want to add extra sugar bc of diabetics in the family as well. What would you suggest?

    1. Natasha says:

      Sure, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. 🙂

  4. Lucille says:

    Hi you say you add garlic powder but in the ingredients you say onion does it matter which one

    1. Natasha says:

      My apologies… I see I put garlic powder in that one spot. It’s supposed to be onion powder. Hope you like the recipe!

  5. Lucille says:

    I have both in my fridge which do you use sour cream or Greek yogurt

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Lucille! I used Greek yogurt. Really either one would be fine, though.