Zesty Coleslaw Recipe
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Zesty Coleslaw Recipe

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This simple slaw tastes best when it's refrigerated for at least one hour. The mixture seems to get creamier as it sits. —Michelle Gauer, Spicer, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) coleslaw mix
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 180 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Add coleslaw mix, red pepper and onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Originally published as Zesty Coleslaw in Taste of Home June/July 2014

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ctmphotog User ID: 8223231 255630
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"My husband and I love this recipe and I'm not crazy about coleslaw! I didn't add the red peppers and used two 16 ounce bags instead of the 14 ounce and it turned out perfect!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 222440
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"This was very good. I made half a recipe with 1 16oz bag of slaw mix. For that quantity, I could have added a bit more salt. Dressing was light without compromising flavor."

destinyworks User ID: 2382809 200870
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"I'm a coleslaw snob, and this one definitely makes the cut! I didn't have season salt so used onion salt, garlic powder, paprika and a little original Mrs. Dash. #newfavorite"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 200869
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"This is a great basic cole slaw recipe. This is very simple to the one my Grandma made. You can't go wrong with it."

dccookin User ID: 7162688 213652
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"This was so, so, so, so, so good! I have always been a fan of KFC slaw, but I think this one is better! And I loved how easy it was to put together."

momoflandl User ID: 5566695 200868
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"I have tried many slaw recipes trying to find one I like, I am so happy I found this one! It is my keeper, finally the search is over. It isn't overly sweet or tangy, a perfect balance! I halved the recipe for our family and for once I'm actually looking forward to the leftovers."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 196983
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"This was quite a hit with the family. The only change I made was to use regular vinegar instead of cider vinegar. Very tasty!"

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