Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing

This simple homemade Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

Summer and all of its fabulous outdoor picnics and potlucks and backyard gatherings is coming right up. 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 playing in the yard…it’s my happy, happy summer place.

The people and conversation around our summer table will always be the most important factors, but great eats are also a must. And that includes a shredded cabbage salad with coleslaw dressing.

Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing recipe has been a longtime favorite of mine. It makes a quick and delicious side dish for easy entertaining.

*Here are a few more salads I’m loving right now: this flavorful Herby Ham Salad, my Grilled Romaine and Tomato Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, and this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette.

(This post was originally published August, 2013. Some of the photos and text were updated in 2018.)

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

How to make coleslaw dressing

This coleslaw dressing recipe from my mom comes together quick and easy – with just four simple ingredients, plus a bit of fresh onion that has been grated on a box grater, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

The ingredient that adds extra elements of fun texture and flavor is the itty bitty celery seed. I don’t use celery seeds very often, but they are a must to have on hand for this salad alone.

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

I like to place all the ingredients in a jar, twist on the lid, and then shake, shake, shake. This emulsifies the liquids, thickening the dressing and bringing it altogether.

Then I simply fold the dressing into a big bowl of fresh shredded cabbage (pre-shredded bags from the store work great), and the coleslaw salad is done!

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

This is also a great make-ahead dish. I appreciate that aspect immensely when we’re entertaining.

This vinegar dressing for coleslaw can be made the day prior to serving the salad; just keep it in the refrigerator. And then about 30 minutes prior to meal time, fold the dressing into the shredded cabbage. Once combined, place the salad back in the refrigerator to chill until you’re ready to eat. Then fold the salad a couple times before placing it on the table.

For a great summer cocktail in big-batch form (also great for entertaining), check this recipe out.

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

What to serve with this sweet coleslaw recipe?

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 the main course.

I like to serve this cold salad with main entrees that are hot off the backyard grill.

It works especially great with recipes utilizing your favorite barbecue sauce or most any other flavorful sauce or marinade. Imagine the coleslaw salad alongside grilled honey chipotle chicken kebabs (shown above) or grilled sriracha honey mustard beef kebabs.

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

This coleslaw dressing is a longtime family favorite

My mom has been making this coleslaw dressing recipe for as long as I can remember. It just belongs on my own family’s table now.

And before I let you go, I need to mention one more thing. Another recipe we like to serve with grilled meats and coleslaw salad is this one for honey cornbread muffins. Our girls absolutely love these sweet muffins. They’re perfect for swiping up every last drop and morsel on your plate from a great outdoor meal.

Just try these dishes together. You won’t be sorry!

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

If you like this coleslaw dressing recipe, you might like…

*Here are a few recipes I’d like to try: Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing from Barefoot in the Kitchen, Blue Cheese Dressing – Super Chunky! from Mama Loves Food, and Roasted Tomato Dressing from Boulder Locavore.

Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - A simple homemade coleslaw dressing that is bright and tangy with vinegar. A sprinkling of celery seeds adds great flavor and texture.

Mom’s Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing

This simple homemade 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 the main course.

Yield: 1-1/2 cups dressing

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

Total Time:15 minutes

Calories per serving: 195

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. whole celery seeds
  • grated sweet white or yellow onion, to taste (I use the large holes on a box grater to grate the onion, and usually use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of grated onion for this recipe. If the onion is especially mild, I may add more. If it’s stronger than normal, I use less.)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir sugar and vinegar until sugar dissolves. Remove saucepan from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Refrigerate to cool completely. This can be made the day before serving the salad.

Whisk dressing vigorously to emulsify, or simply place in a jar with a lid and shake, shake, shake, until the dressing appears cloudy. Then drizzle over your favorite shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix. The amount of dressing used will depend on how much shredded cabbage you are using. Fold to coat completely. 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 recipe makes enough dressing for at least two 16-oz. bags of pre-shredded coleslaw mix. Dressing keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days.

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(This post was originally published August, 2013. Some of the photos and text were updated in 2018.)

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