All About Coleslaw

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The green salads or slaws I was raised with were either dill-based or sweet & sour based. 

At least, that’s how I would describe them. They always had mayonnaise in them. My mama would cut dill pickles or process them (once she could afford a food processor) and add them to a mayo based bunch of grated cabbage and salt and pepper to taste and that was it. Simple yet delicious. But then we’d go to Kentucky Fried Chicken (before it began going by KFC) and I tasted a new sweet and sour situation. My mouth was pleasantly pleased. Every time I got the chance to have this flavor, I took it! It was like heaven. And being raised poor, we didn’t go to the restaurants very often. So this was a treat. 

I have to mention that in the South slaw is very important. It’s usually at every dinner and often used on top of things or part of things. Hot dogs have slaw. Hamburgers? Slaw. Tacos? Slaw… 

Once I was an adult and began exploring new tastes and found that you could set up coleslaw using all kinds of ingredients. One of my favorites was the standard cabbage, but cut with a knife and not grated at all – adding in a vinaigrette and some feta cheese. I usually had a mayonnaise based concoction, so this was a bit of a revelation for me. There were less fattening options. And when I began my journey into a more vegetable based diet (as vegan as I can handle with no dairy if possible) I realized that neither of these types of coleslaw would work. One had cheese and the other had mayo = eggs. 

Enter a time frame in which I asked various chefs their faves and gathered information on the best of the best. None of these are precisely what a restaurant carries, but it comes very close to some popular ones. Keep in mind my rules of recipes. You may substitute things here and there; adapt them to your tastes. However, my adaptation is usually kept to the main ingredients – kale and broccolini/hearty chewables versus cabbage and carrots. 

Enjoy!

Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette Slaw

Rachel Adams
If you are looking for a bit of sweet and sour in your life, try this coleslaw recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup the original of this recipe said “preferably Grade B” but I use whatever I have on hand and it hasn’t made a significant difference, truth be told.
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 3 cups cabbage

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl then serve.

Notes

BEST WITH: kale, dried berries, roasted nuts/seeds, and chopped broccoli / broccolini, sliced brussel sprouts
Keyword Coleslaw, sour, sweet

 

Sweet & Spicy Oil and Vinegar Slaw

Rachel Adams
A sweet & spicy side dish to please the family.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 109 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. peach nectar or whatever fruit nectar you like
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar-based hot sauce I prefer Frank’s, but I put that sh*t on everything
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cabbage

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.

Notes

BEST WITH: cabbage, carrots, radicchio, green onion for pizzaz!
Keyword Coleslaw, oil, spicy, sweet, vinegar

 

Creamy-Seedy-Slaw

Rachel Adams
Be sure to try this great coleslaw recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 214 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup silken tofu
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey some vegans do not use honey because it’s an animal byproduct. So you can substitute another type of sweetener here, no problem
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 3 cups cabbage

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.

Notes

BEST WITH: cabbage and carrots
Keyword cabbage, Coleslaw, creamy, slaw, tofu

 

Creamy-Dill-Slaw

Rachel Adams
Creamy Coleslaw with a dill flavored kick.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 1/3 cup silken tofu
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dill relish or cut up dill pickles of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Notes

BEST WITH: cabbage and carrots and I usually will add paprika to the top.
Keyword cabbage, Coleslaw, Dill, slaw, tofu

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