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Zesty Coleslaw

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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients. Add coleslaw mix, red pepper and onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 180 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Mary
    Sep 16, 2020

    Loved the tang from Apple cider vinegar. Next time will add a chopped apple. Definitely a do often recipe. Thanks

  • Jennifer
    May 24, 2020

    W make this just as written using using coleslaw mix with shredded carrots added. My grandsons beg for this coleslaw!

  • justfixit
    Jul 18, 2019

    I have several coleslaw recipes that I make on a regular basis, but this is by far my husband's favorite. It is a five-star recipe as is, but sometimes I make minor changes according to our preferences or what I have on hand. I use equal amounts of cider vinegar and sugar (1/3 cup of each), sometimes I add finely minced parsley, and sometimes I omit the red bell pepper or add grated carrots. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Lady Fingers
    Jun 5, 2019

    The coleslaw, as written, was a bit sweet for our taste, but a great texture, and with a few changes it worked well in the meal. I added a bit more salt and vinegar, and a splash of Melinda's hot sauce. If I were making it for the next day, I'd probably use dry minced onions instead of fresh onion -- it has fewer active enzymes, so it doesn't develop sulfur smells as fast.

  • gunslinger
    May 29, 2017

    Very good, great flavor. I used fresh cabbage and carrots instead of coleslaw mix.

  • ctmphotog
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.