Crispy, colorful veggies get coated in a creamy, mayo-based dressing in this delicious, classic Vegan Coleslaw Recipe!
I feel like people either love or hate coleslaw.
Then, among the group of coleslaw lovers, people usually fall into two groups of people: vinegar dressing coleslaw lovers OR mayo dressing coleslaw lovers.
I'm a coleslaw with mayo dressing kinda gal.
(Well, to be honest, I'll eat any kind of vegan coleslaw if it's put in front of me, but a creamy, mayo-based dressing is definitely my favorite!)
Today I'm sharing my go-to, super classic and delicious Vegan Coleslaw Recipe!
I know you all will love this 15 minute, 8 ingredient recipe, so let me show you how to make it!
What is Coleslaw?
In general, coleslaw is a salad made with a base of shredded cabbage and carrots--sometimes other veggies--and a creamy mayonnaise dressing.
However, there are so many different variations of coleslaw nowadays.
You can make coleslaw with vinegar based dressings if you aren't a big mayo fan.
You can add in different types of shredded veggies.
Even today's recipe is fully vegan, which isn't traditional, but it tastes just as delicious!
Is Coleslaw Different than Salad?
The main difference between coleslaw and salad is that coleslaw always contains shredded cabbage.
So I guess, coleslaw is a salad, but salad isn't always coleslaw!
Egg-Free Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
The dressing for this creamy vegan coleslaw recipe is the star of the show, especially if you like mayo-based, creamy dressings...which I do!
To make a dairy-free coleslaw dressing, you'll need the following ingredients:
- Vegan mayonnaise
- Lemon juice
- White vinegar
That's it! Super simple, huh?
If you want to serve your coleslaw as fresh as possible, you can always make the dressing ahead of time and just add it to freshly shredded veggies when you're ready to eat!
Simply make the dressing and place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Pour it over your favorite shredded veggies, stir and enjoy!
What Can I Use Instead of Sugar in Coleslaw Dressing?
If you don't want to use white or cane sugar like this recipe calls for, you can always use maple syrup or agave!
Or, if you're not vegan, honey is also a great sweetener for this dressing.
How to Make Vegan Coleslaw
The base of coleslaw is just a bunch of shredded veggies, so that aspect of coleslaw is already vegan.
However, traditional coleslaw is made with mayonnaise which contains eggs and is therefore not vegan.
So to make vegan coleslaw, you simply need to use an egg-free or vegan mayonnaise.
Then you're good to go!
Simply place your shredded veggies in a bowl and pour over your vegan coleslaw dressing. Stir well to combine and your vegan coleslaw is all set and ready to enjoy!
Step 1: Thinly shred your cabbage and carrot. You'll need about 8 cups of shredded veggies!
Step 2: Place the shredded veggies into a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together the creamy coleslaw dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the shredded veggies and stir until all of the vegetables have been coated in the dressing.
Step 4: Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper. Taste the coleslaw and add more salt and pepper if needed. Enjoy!
How Long Does Coleslaw Last in the Fridge?
I love coleslaw because it's a great meal-prep salad.
Cruciferous veggies, such as cabbage, are hearty and don't get too soggy if they sit in dressing for a couple of days.
This vegan coleslaw recipe should last in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Alternatively, like I mentioned above, you can also make the dressing in advance and add it to shredded veggies right before serving!
Best Foods to Eat with Coleslaw
Coleslaw makes the best side dish for so many dishes and meals.
I'll list out some of our favorite ways to enjoy coleslaw below!
- As a side dish with BBQ Veggie Burgers
- On top of Lentil Sloppy Joes (or any sandwich!)
- As a filling for wraps
- As a fresh, crisp condiment for tacos, hotdogs and burgers
- In buddha bowls as the veggie
- As the veggie component of a cold pasta salad
- Straight out of the container!
Vegan Coleslaw Recipe
- 6 cups shredded green cabbage
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- Place the shredded veggies into a large mixing bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth, including a big pinch of salt and lots of black pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Pour the dressing over the shredded veggies and stir until well combined.