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Recipe for the Best Creamy Coleslaw Dressing With Mayo

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Homemade KFC-style coleslaw dressing

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Traditional Coleslaw Dressing With Mayo

In this article, I will show you how to make a traditional creamy coleslaw dressing with mayonnaise. I have included step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos so you can easily follow this recipe. You will also find ideas for how to make sandwiches with this coleslaw, including my recipe for ham, beef and cheese salad sandwiches.


  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Spring onions
  • Mayonnaise

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut up the cabbage into strips and then turn around and cut up again. This will give you finely chopped pieces of cabbage.
  2. Cut the ends off the carrots and peel.
  3. Cut the carrots in half. Slice them lengthways, and then cut them into tiny squares.
  4. Mix the cut cabbage and carrots together.
  5. Peel the spring onions and cut off the end where the roots are. Be careful to keep as much of the bulb as you can. Use all of the bulb and the green stalks, these are both delicious so do not waste them.
  6. Cut them into small pieces and add to the cabbage and carrots.

Now you have the basic ingredients for coleslaw. Two members of my family prefer this on its own. Take out whatever amount you need for each portion and put it aside.

  1. Add the mayonnaise to the basic coleslaw. I use a spoon and then mix it well in, making sure all the vegetables are covered.
Creamy coleslaw with sides.

Creamy coleslaw with sides.

Optional Vegetables


  1. Cut off two large pieces of celery and wash under the tap.
  2. Cut them length ways into three long pieces.
  3. Cut the celery sticks into small squares pieces.
  4. Add to the basic mix.

Cauliflower or Broccoli

  1. Take off a few florets of cauliflower or broccoli and run under the tap.
  2. Cut them up into very small pieces.
  3. Add to the basic mix.

Green Beans

  1. Clean the beans under the tap and cut into small pieces.
  2. Add to the basic mix.
  3. Once you have decided which vegetables you want to add to the coleslaw then you can add the mayonnaise.

I find it is always best to make the coleslaw and leave in the fridge at least an hour before you are ready to make the salad sandwiches. This gives the ingredients time to settle and the flavors to combine together.

Ingredients for creamy coleslaw recipe

Ingredients for creamy coleslaw recipe

Coleslaw salad sandwiches

Coleslaw salad sandwiches

Ham, Beef and Cheese Salad Sandwiches

  1. Butter your bread, muffins or baps and add the ham, cheese or beef.
  2. Then add the coleslaw.
  3. Wrap in sandwich bags with the name of the person on it.
  4. Once all the sandwiches are made put them in another larger bag and leave in the fridge.
  5. Take them out of the fridge when you are ready to leave for that walk in the park or up the mountain with your homemade picnic sandwiches.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is mayonnaise the only sauce needed to make traditional creamy coleslaw?

Answer: Yes, I use only mayo to mix in with the vegetables because it really brings out the flavor. But if you prefer, you can also include sour cream, vinegar, or sugar for the dressing. Whatever recipe suits your taste is fine.