Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing

Mom's Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing -

Summer and all of its fabulous outdoor picnics and potlucks and backyard gatherings is coming to a close. Sadly. I love the warmer weather, longer days, and looser family schedule that lend a friendlier hand to inviting friends and family over to share a meal together. A cold drink in hand, with Blake at the grill and kids running in the yard…it’s my happy, happy summer place.

And happiness, for me, has alot to do with the food. The people and conversation around the table will always be the most important factors, but great eats are also a must. And this coleslaw recipe from my mom is a super easy side dish, a longtime favorite of mine. Just in time for your Labor Day gathering.

Mom's Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing -

Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing consists of just 4 ingredients, plus salt and pepper. When drizzled over a big bowl of shredded cabbage, it’s just the perfect side dish for most any meal.

Mom's Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing -

The dressing is sweet and oniony, and bright and tangy with vinegar. With a sprinkling of little celery seeds, this simple dish packs alot of flavor without overpowering your main course.

Mom's Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing -

Mom’s coleslaw is just plain awesome served alongside anything from the grill that’s been slathered in barbecue sauce. I also like to bake a pan of honey cornbread muffins to swipe up every last drop and morsel. Because meals such as this belong in the Clean Plate Club.

Mom’s Sweet Onion Cole Slaw Dressing

Yield: 1-1/2 cups dressing


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • grated onion, to taste (I usually use 1/4 to 1/3 cup, but it depends on how strong the onion is)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir sugar and vinegar until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Refrigerate to cool completely. This can be made the day before serving the salad. Drizzle over your favorite shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix and fold to completely coat. Do this about 30 to 60 minutes prior to serving to let the flavors mingle. Just refrigerate during that time, and fold to incorporate right before serving. This makes enough dressing for at least two 16-oz. bags of pre-shredded coleslaw mix.


From Mom's recipe box.

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20 Responses to “Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing”

  1. #
    Tieghan — August 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Your mom is a genius! This slaw look killers and I love how simple it is! I too am sad summer is coming to an ed, but I am pretty excited for the cozy comfort food and football season!

  2. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — August 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is my kind of coleslaw!

  3. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This is a really nice coleslaw dressing. Very light but tangy. And, no mayo to worry about so it’s easy to transport or serve outdoors in warm weather!

  4. #
    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — August 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love that this is mayo free! Looks great!

  5. #
    Maria — August 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like the perfect coleslaw recipe!

  6. #
    Nicole Lindstrom — August 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    This looks like one amazing slaw. Sweet onions and mayo free….I am in love with this recipe!

  7. #
    Marly — August 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Coleslaw is always a winner at my house!

  8. #
    DessertForTwo — August 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I’m not ready for summer to end, either! But this slaw makes it easier :)

  9. #
    Amanda — August 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    That’s beautiful! I would love to be munching on some of it right now :)

  10. #
    Jess — August 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    What a lovely, simple recipe – vinegar-based coleslaws are my favorite, and I love that combination of sweet and tangy! Headed to a potluck this weekend, and this would be great to bring (it’s a week early for a legit Labor Day potluck…but this is Thailand, so who’s really going to know the difference ;) ).

    • Brenda replied on August 23rd, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Thanks, Jess. Sometimes the simplest recipes are just the best.

  11. #
    Wendy — August 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t generally go for coleslaw dressings without mayonnaise because I find they have no flavor. Since this is your Mom’s dressing and it has your blessing I would definitely try it. It doesn’t seem to be lacking any flavor from the listed ingredients! Thanks Brenda!

  12. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Coleslaw just screams summer!! You can’t have BBQ with out it! These looks fantastic, and Mom’s recipes are always The. Best.

  13. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Yummm!! :)

  14. #
    Daniel Foster — August 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Normally I’m not a coleslaw fan, but your recipe with sweet onion sounds to die for, Brenda.

  15. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    This sounds so wonderful! I love coleslaw and I can’t wait to try this!

  16. #
    Shelly (Cookies and Cups) — August 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This looks so good, worth a try =)

  17. #
    Angie — August 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    This looks so good!


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