Mustard Slaw

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Take coleslaw to the next level with this tangy mustard slaw recipe, made even better with crisp green onion, crunchy cabbage, and radish slices.

If you like coleslaw but you’re over creamy coleslaw, step this way! My quick and easy mustard slaw recipe is a deliciously crunchy and refreshing slaw that will be the perfect accompaniment for your next cookout, potluck, gathering, or summer supper. It’s lighter and tangier than traditional coleslaw but oh so good.

Instead of mayonnaise, the flavor comes from wholegrain mustard combined with white vinegar, white sugar, and oil. The refreshing crunch comes from the combination of angel hair coleslaw mix (or shredded green cabbage, whatever you’ve got), green onions, and sliced radishes. You may be confused by the addition of radishes, but trust me, they add such a crisp crunch to the coleslaw you’ll be coming back for seconds.

The instructions are as quick and easy as combining the coleslaw dressing ingredients and then tossing that into the chopped vegetables. 5 minutes and your mustard slaw recipe is complete! You can either serve it immediately or let it sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors have time to marry together.

Serve this Slaw with pulled porkpulled chickenmeatloaf burgers, pulled pork sliders, or pork burgersI bet you can already taste how good this would be on a burger or with some barbecue, right? Yum!

Mustard Slaw

Recipe Ingredients

  • Wholegrain mustard
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Angel hair coleslaw mix (or shredded green cabbage)
  • Green onion
  • Radish slices

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How to Make Mustard Slaw

In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and sugar. Whisk in oil.

Add slaw, green onion, and radishes. Toss gently to coat.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.


Store leftover slaw in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Variations

Here are some variations to make this mustard slaw recipe work for you:

  • If you like, substitute the radish slices for shredded carrot.
  • Use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar instead.
  • Use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Substitute the wholegrain mustard for Dijon mustard, coarse-ground mustard, or yellow mustard.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of hot sauce for a kick!
  • Add a teaspoon of celery seeds for a more traditional coleslaw flavor.
  • Swap the green onion for a red onion.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped fresh dill.
  • Use a store-bought coleslaw mix, green cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, Napa cabbage, or a combination.
  • Some slaw recipes add salt and black pepper to taste, but please note that salt does shrink the cabbage, so I’d only add it just before serving.

Recipe FAQs

Amish coleslaw or old-fashioned coleslaw is very similar to mustard slaw. It’s made with shredded cabbage, diced onion, apple cider vinegar, and dry mustard.

What do you serve with mustard slaw?

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Mustard Slaw

Take coleslaw to the next level with this tangy mustard slaw recipe, made even better with crisp green onion, cabbage, and radish slices.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, mustard, slaw
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 10kcal


  • 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 10-ounce package angel hair coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced radishes


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and sugar. Whisk in oil.
    2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Add slaw, green onion, and radishes. Toss gently to coat.
    1 10-ounce package angel hair coleslaw mix, 1/3 cup sliced green onion, 1/3 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.


Calories: 10kcal
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  1. Love the addition of radishes! My obsession! I adore slaws and experiment with recipes a lot, but as an Alabama native I’ve never had this! I am usually a creamy slaw sauce girl. I even add buttermilk, tomatoes, sour cream …I’ve always added radishes! Going to try this with one of my many mustards!

  2. My mom made a mustard coleslaw dressing with mayo, mustard,vinegar,and sugar it was great on grilled hot dogs and burgers and on the side. Yours sounds wonderful.

  3. Yummy, definitely gonna have to try this one! Love the addition of radishes. I’ve been fascinated with radishes since I was a kid and heard the Rapunzel story, the one where her dad gets in trouble for stealing radishes for his pregnant wife.

    Funny note- I like the color choices for your magazine. Turquoise and orange. After my husband and I got married in 2010, I purchased a big wooden S from the craft store (our last name starts with S) and painted the sides orange and the front turquoise! Cheap little craft, but cute and it’s been hanging in the living room since.

  4. This recipe sounds delicious and am going to try it ASAP. I love coleslaw just by itself, maybe with some crackers, yum! I have always added at least a tablespoon of mustard to my coleslaw. I like the contrasting flavors of tangy and sweet in my coleslaw. Can not wait to try this coleslaw recipe, thanks.

    1. Try this on a fish taco grill or batter fry some firm fish, top with the slaw, roll up in a warm flour or corn ttilrola. I think I’ll try the slaw with some grapefruit juice, too, for a slightly less sour/slightly bitter dressing. I also like to just scoop up Mexican slaw with ttilrola chips!

  5. I love mustard slaw, I am from Picayune, MS. 50 miles north of N.O. La. never had eaten mustard slaw until we moved to north Florence Alabama. It is served on barbeque sandwiches there and it is very good. a little different though they put hot sauce or cayenne pepper and no radishes and uses yellow mustard. we no longer live there and I miss slaw on my sandwiches. I also make it myself.

    1. Us Florence ppl are CRAZY!!!!Crazy as that seem We were in Gulf shore ,Al and ppl there looked at us as if we were crazy for asking for it? We figured it had to be a North AL thing!!! No one had hear of it!?Nor did they have a clue what it looked like!! Lesson learned if going on long trip and plan on cooking BBQ bring ur own mustard slaw!!!! LOL

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