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Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing

Fresh cabbage dressed with Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing is so versatile you’ll find yourself returning to it over and over again. It takes only minutes to whip-up and it’s certain to complement your most favorite entrees from grilled hot dogs to smoky barbecue.

Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing

Easy Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe

In my opinion, cole slaw goes with almost everything. In the South you might find it on top of chili dogsbarbecueSouthern fried chicken or alongside a simple bowl of pinto beans and cornbread. The sky’s the limit for it’s varied uses. It’s pretty much considered a must-have side dish for picnics and potluck parties. To me, it just never gets old and the crunchy texture makes it a welcome addition to any meal. How to make Cole Slaw Dressing: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Dressing – In a medium bowl whisk together Miracle Whip salad dressing, whole buttermilk, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, granulated garlic or garlic powder, celery salt, dry tarragon, black pepper and celery seed until fully combined.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and chill or toss immediately with cole slaw mix.
  • Chill until serving.
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How to Make the Best Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing

To keep things simple, this is the dressing you can use to dress a bag of slaw mix from the produce department at the grocery store. If you want to make the slaw from scratch using fresh ingredients you can certainly do so. Cooking doesn’t have to complicated to be good.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Cole Slaw Dressing:  Miracle Whip, buttermilk, vinegar, onion powder, granulated garlic or garlic powder, granulated sugar, celery salt, dry tarragon, black pepper and celery seed.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A medium bowl, whisk, sharp knife and cutting board or food processor if you’re making your own cabbage-slaw mix and measuring cups and spoons.
  • For a time saver, this cole slaw dressing can be prepared a couple of days in advance. When doing so, place it into an airtight container and keep it well chilled in the refrigerator. Give it a good stir before tossing with the cole slaw mix several hours before you plan to serve it.
  • If a more lightly dressed cole slaw is your pleasure, add more slaw mix or cabbage to the dressing and toss. If you like a heavily dressed slaw, use less.
  • Keep in mind that the vegetable ingredients will break down a bit when dressed as the salt in the dressing draws out the liquid from the cabbage. So, sometimes slaw will look under dressed until it’s had some chill time to begin to incorporate with the dressing. Give it some time and stir before making any adjustments.
  • Store Homestyle Cole Slaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir well before serving.
Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing

Dishes to Serve with Cole Slaw

We love cole slaw in the South and use it as a condiment and a side dish. Dishes you may like to try:

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Homestyle Cole Slaw Dressing

Prep Time5 minutes
4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: homestyle-cole-slaw-dressing
Servings: 1 lb
Calories: 749kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 2/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1 1lb packaged cole slaw mix OR equivalent of chopped green and purple cabbage and shredded carrots combined


  • In a medium bowl whisk together Miracle Whip salad dressing, whole buttermilk, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, granulated garlic or garlic powder, celery salt, dry tarragon, black pepper and celery seed until fully combined.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container or toss immediately with cole slaw mix. Stir well and taste to adjust the salt just before serving.


Miracle whip has a sweet flavor that combines with the seasonings to beautifully dress this slaw. You may substitute real mayonnaise, if you prefer then adjust the sweetness to your taste.


Serving: 1lb | Calories: 749kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 2230mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love all your receipts. I personally love to try anything new. Especially herbs. This is without a doubt the best website for recipes!
    Keep em’ coming

  2. Does anyone know where to buy Del Monte Dill Pickle halves or whole, 22 oz glass? Can’t find in California

  3. I love good cole slaw!!! I have visited 2 restaurants that serve dressing that sounds like yours!! I plan to try this and get back to you. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Hi Vickie, you know, Pet milk was a staple in my Granma’s kitchens, too. It must be a generational thing. Thanks for sharing your memory. ♥

  5. Thanks Melissa, for taking me down memory lane! My mother made coleslaw dressing very similar to this except she used PET evaporated milk instead of buttermilk (I have no idea why) and often used pickle juice instead of the vinegar! Yes, she was a Southern cook too! I will have to try your version!

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