Amish Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Amish coleslaw

Amish Coleslaw Recipe

This Amish Coleslaw Dressing has a bit of a different twist than the traditional mayo type that you’re probably more familiar with. But it is delicious and easy to make.

Traditional and easy coleslaw dressing often consists of simply mayo, vinegar, sugar, and salt. This recipe, however, takes coleslaw to a new level, with a few added ingredients to enhance the flavor. Trust me, this is the best homemade coleslaw dressing recipe, and the only one you will ever need.

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe for the Holidays

Coleslaw is a side dish/salad that is often served with turkey and dressing for Amish holidays and weddings. The Lancaster County Amish, however, do not typically serve their turkey and dressing separately. They have what they call Turkey Roast (roasht). The turkey is stuffed with dressing and baked slowly overnight. Then in the morning the meat is removed from the bones, cut into small chunks, and mixed in with a giant bowl of stuffing/dressing (whatever you prefer to call it). Find the Roast recipe here.

This is a way to stretch the meat and feed a large group of people without the extra cost of a lot of meat. And it is very delicious, especially when they add a lot of butter :).

I’d say that most of the Amish people’s holiday meals consist of turkey roast and mashed potatoes, along with several sides including slaw, bread (click here for recipe) or buns, and plenty of desserts. We used to have this meal numerous times throughout the year, as well as for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Honestly, I think we often had cabbage salad rather than coleslaw. It is similar to coleslaw but has more of a vinegar-based dressing, rather than the mayo type. And it had some diced peppers on top. I didn’t care too much for the cabbage salad though and preferred Amish Coleslaw instead.

Amish coleslaw dressing recipe

Old-fashioned Coleslaw with Vinegar

For your Amish coleslaw, you can either buy the bags of cabbage already cut up or cut up your own cabbage. I use either one, depending on my mood or the amount of time I have.

For the Amish coleslaw dressing, I put all my ingredients in my little Ninja chopper and mix it for about a minute. I don’t like my coleslaw overdressed, so I only pour on a little dressing and stir it up. At first, it may seem like it’s not enough dressing. But if you stir the coleslaw and let it sit for a minute, it will be wetter than you thought.

If you don’t need to use all of the coleslaw dressing at once, you can store the remaining dressing in an airtight container, in the refrigerator. Then you’ll have some handy dressing ready to use the next time you want to make Amish coleslaw. The dressing should keep well in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Dutch Coleslaw topped with ramen noodles

This recipe also has toasted ramen noodles on top of the coleslaw, for a little extra texture/crunch. I open a package of ramen and break up about a fourth of it. Toss them in a bit of butter in a little skillet, and cook until slightly browned. Let it cool, and put it on top of the coleslaw when ready to serve. The noodles will get soggy if you put them on too early.

Sometimes I serve my Pennsylvania Dutch coleslaw with the noodles, and sometimes I just omit them. It’s good either way.

toasted ramen noodles

Recipe coleslaw dressing

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Amish coleslaw dressing recipe

Amish Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

This coleslaw dressing has been taken to a new level, with a bit of a different twist on the traditional mayo type that you're probably most familiar with.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Amish
Servings 20 people
Calories 49 kcal


  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 package ramen noodles – broken up and toasted in a Tbs. of butter this is totally optional
  • 2 16 oz. pkg. coleslaw


  • Add all of your ingredients into chopper/blender; that is, except for the cabbage and ramen, of course.
  • Blend this together for about a minute.
  • Pour the dressing over your coleslaw and mix well. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
  • If you want an extra crunch on top of your coleslaw, you can toast the ramen noodles in about a Tbsp. of butter until slightly browned. Cool. Sprinkle the ramen on top of the coleslaw just before serving. Or you can skip this step, if you prefer.
  • If you don't use all of the dressing at once, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to a month.


I don’t like over-dressed coleslaw. When adding the dressing you want to just moisten the coleslaw as it will seem wetter after sitting for an hour. So you may not need to use all of the dressing at one time.
This makes enough dressing for about 2 packages of shredded coleslaw (about 10 servings each). If you don’t need this much coleslaw, you can still mix up all the dressing and store what you don’t need in an air-tight container. Refrigerate the remaining dressing until you need more. It should keep for about a month in the refrigerator. Shake before using.
 If you don’t want to buy the coleslaw, you can also just finely cut up some cabbage and shred a carrot. And there you have the coleslaw mix. The Amish would typically grow the cabbage in their garden, so they would often use their own.
You should try it with the ramen on top to see if you like it.
But if your coleslaw sits for a while the ramen will get soggy. So you don’t want to put it on until ready to serve.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Amish Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this! I’m going to try EEVO instead of Canola, hope that’s ok? Plus I thought I’d add some chopped carrots, & cucumbers ?

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