A highly rated coleslaw dressing recipe combines 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon celery seed, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss the dressing into a mixture of 6 cups shredded cabbage and 1 cup shredded carrots. Let the coleslaw chill before serving.
An even creamier coleslaw dressing recipe mixes 3/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons grated onion and 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 2 teaspoons celery salt, and salt and pepper to taste. When all ingredients are combined, taste the dressing to see if more sugar, salt or pepper is needed. Add the dressing to one head shredded cabbage and two finely shredded carrots, and stir to combine. A double batch of the dressing can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator to add to the cabbage and carrots later.
For a spicier coleslaw dressing, combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon each white vinegar and grated horseradish, and 1/4 teaspoon celery seed. Some substitutions are possible to vary the taste of the dressing. Replace the vinegar with lemon juice, or substitute honey for the sugar. The salt is optional, and olive oil mayonnaise is recommended for the best flavor.