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The Best Homemade Coleslaw Hot Dog

In the South we eat hot dogs all year around! These coleslaw hot dogs are one of my family’s favorites because they’re topped with the sweetest, best homemade coleslaw recipe around!

hot dog with coleslaw on white plate with text coleslaw hot dogs

What is it about hot dogs? I feel like it’s a nostalgia thing for me. For others, I don’t know, there’s just something so tasty about this true American meal.

Hot dogs are one of my family’s favorites. I think my love of hot dogs comes from my Dad. It’s one of his favorite meals, which is why I ate quite a few hot dogs growing up. And now I’m doing the same with my girls.

2 hotdogs in buns on cutting board with coleslaw with text the best coleslaw for hot dogs

But not all hot dogs are created – or cooked – the same. I always make sure I have quality dogs and our favorite way to cook them is in the air fryer!

I know, I know. A good, southern girl is supposed to love grilled more, but air fryer hot dogs are definitely my favorite now!

2 hot dogs sitting on cutting board with text how to make air fryer hot dogs

That doesn’t mean we don’t still love a good, grilled hot dog. But it means that we pretty much reserve grilling to the summer. It’s just super convenient – no heating up the house and it’s just more fun to cook food outside, right?! 

But let’s get on to more important things, shall we? Like what hot dog toppings are the best! If you’re from the south like me, I bet one you won’t leave off the list is coleslaw!

What is coleslaw?

I didn’t realize that so many people haven’t had the amazingness of coleslaw. Turns out, it too, is a Southern thing.

coleslaw in clear dish on cutting board

Coleslaw is simply shredded cabbage with a dressing, in its simplest form. While homemade coleslaw is SO GOOD when you shred farm raised cabbage yourself, I often just opt for the bagged coleslaw in the produce section.

But what makes a delicious coleslaw recipe is… the dressing! And I have the most simple, tasty coleslaw dressing for you today that will elevate your hot dogs to the best your family has ever had!

coleslaw in dish with text the best coleslaw

Of course, you can always serve it as a side with any other grilled meat too – like hamburgers, chicken breasts, and it makes an excellent topping for slow cooker BBQ too!

What makes this recipe super unique is the bit of sugar that gives the coleslaw just a hint of sweetness and the vinegar, oh the sweet crisp of the added apple cider vinegar. 

dish of shredded cabbage and spoon with dressing pouring into dish

I used to only use regular vinegar in my coleslaw dressing, but now that I’ve tried the apple cider, I won’t be switching back anytime soon! It gives us just a little extra umph that is too good to pass up!

How to Make The Best Hot Dog Coleslaw Recipe

This coleslaw dressing recipe only has 4 ingredients, can you believe that?! It’s so simple, yet so tasty! You can find the full recipe below.

  • Mix the mayo, sugar, and vinegar together. Add salt and pepper.
  • Pour on top of your cabbage and mix together. 
  • Refrigerate.
coleslaw ingredients with text how to make hot dog coleslaw

The original recipe, passed down from my Mom, was double the ingredients, but I found that after being refrigerated, the slaw was just too wet for my tastes. 

If this one seems too dry for you, simply double everything.

hand holding hot dog with coleslaw

The coleslaw is ready to eat immediately, but definitely tastes better after it’s been refrigerated for a bit of time – at least an hour, so the cabbage can soak up that sweet and tangy southern sweet coleslaw dressing you just made!

hot dog with slaw on white plate

I can’t wait to hear what you think about these coleslaw hot dogs and if you try cooking your hot dogs in an air fryer! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Southern Coleslaw

Southern Coleslaw

Any southerner knows the best topping for hot dogs is coleslaw and we also know that the best homemade coleslaw always has vinegar! This coleslaw dressing is easy to make and only has 4 ingredients!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bag of Shredded Cabbage Cole Slaw Mix
  • 1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1/8 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix mayo, sugar, vinegar together in a bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper. The pepper makes this dressing really pop too – so I definitely add a lot.
  3. Pour over cabbage slaw mix and mix together.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours for best taste!

Notes

The original recipe, passed down from my Mom, was double the ingredients, but I found that after being refrigerated, the slaw was just too wet for my tastes. If this one seems too dry for you, simply double everything.

The coleslaw is ready to eat immediately, but definitely tastes better after it's been refrigerated for a bit of time – at least an hour, so the cabbage can soak up that sweet and tangy Southern Sweet Cole Slaw Dressing you just made!

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Deborah D

Sunday 19th of February 2017

These look so good! I am definitely making these this summer.

Amber Ludwig

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Omgosh I need these in my life!! There's a local hot dog place that does slaw and chili dogs together!! They are AMAZING!!

DJ

Friday 20th of November 2015

Looks tasty! I love the coleslaw.

Kim

Friday 14th of August 2015

This is absolutely the best cole slaw recipe ever! The whole family loves it!

Dandi D

Friday 29th of May 2015

THese look so yummy! My husband usually doesn't like hotdogs, but I think I could win him over with these!

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