Coleslaw is one of the best picnic and cookout sides you can make, and if you’ve ever worried that your mayo-based slaw would go bad sitting out on the table, this sweet and tangy coleslaw recipe without mayo makes it even better.
We love mayo – truly. In fact, I love to make my own homemade mayonnaise with olive or even coconut oil for spreading on sandwiches (we use gluten-free sandwich bread), and cookie, and anything else.
Yes, even coleslaw. We often make homemade coleslaw dressing. And I do love that sort of creamy coleslaw – it’s what I grew up eating – probably what you grew up eating too.
But this mayo-free coleslaw is just perfection. It’s a sweet and tangy coleslaw recipe; a little bit more sophisticated if you will.
In my opinion, the coleslaw recipe without mayo has a better mouthfeel, and has a nice, crisp, clean taste.
Ingredients for coleslaw without mayo:
You simply need shredded cabbage (I use a mix of red and green), carrots, white wine vinegar, olive oil, a little bit of sugar, paprika, celery seed, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper.
That’s fewer ingredients than most salad dressings, unless you make a homemade dressing like healthy buttermilk ranch, or especially, paleo strawberry vinaigrette.
Coleslaw recipe without Mayo
Once you have your ingredients together, shred about half a head each of green and purple cabbage, plus 2-3 carrots.
Tip: one way to make this recipe super easy, is to buy coleslaw mix from your grocery store, and skip the cabbage chopping/shredding step.
In a separate bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients, and whisk them together.
After that, simply pour them over the cabbage and carrots, and mix them up.
That’s it, you’re ready to serve!
Raw cabbage is such a great source of fiber, which is another great reason to love this sweet and tangy coleslaw recipe. Another great way to get that fiber in, is homemade sauerkraut. It might be even easy to make than coleslaw, and has the added benefit of lots of probiotics.
And don’t forget that raw isn’t always king. I know a lot of friends who feel better when their vegetables are well cooked. If that’s you, give our stuffed cabbage soup recipe a try. We love it – winter, spring, summer, and fall.
In any case, enjoy this coleslaw recipe without mayo with the video and detailed recipe below.
Coleslaw Recipe Without Mayo
This sweet and tangy coleslaw recipe without mayo is perfect for summer cookouts, picnics, or whenever you want to serve a clean, crisp coleslaw
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 lb green cabbage
- 1 lb red cabbage
- 2–3 carrots
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Shred cabbage and carrots and set aside
- Combine remaining ingredients and whisk together well to dissolve the sugar
- Pour over cabbage and carrots and toss
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