Upgrade your goopy mayo slaw for this light, refreshing, and healthy no mayo coleslaw! It is the perfect side for your Labor Day grill out. It is also fabulous on tacos, sandwiches, and wraps! Coleslaw without Mayo does not have to mean sacrifice! Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Nut-Free.
It is no secret that I love my veggies.
And among my favorites – along with broccoli – is cabbage.
I know it isn’t even a tiny bit sexy. But I am obsessed with the crunch.
I mean, isn’t crunch amazing?
Plus, I love the color that purple cabbage lends to my table. (Though green cabbage rocks too. You could totally make this with green, or if you want to get all fancy you could do a blend.)
I think wraps NEED slaw, and most sandwiches are better off with touch of it too.
The truth is, there are countless ways that you can use coleslaw. Here is a great post on fourteen ways!
Perhaps my favorite way to serve coleslaw is as a side dish for casual entertaining.
It is easy to make ahead and is something that is universally loved.
From your Labor Day grill out to back-to-school potluck dinners, coleslaw is always a hit.
But I’m going to step out here and make a suggestion.
Let’s skip the mayo, ok?
Nothing against mayo. Mayo and I – in moderation – are friends.
I love it as much as the next girl.
(Especially if it is homemade mayo.)
But, I have to state the obvious. It is one of the quickest ways I know of to add calories to your veggies.
I don’t know about you, but after a summer of indulgence, I am in desperate need to lighten things up.
You know, before we are in full on comfort food/holiday mode. (Because we are going to blink and be there.)
But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice. I promise you, coleslaw without mayo can be just as delicious as the “real” thing.
This dressing is light and fresh with a sweet heat flavor that I adore. (Plus, I’ve given you a couple of ways to mix things up in the recipe notes – so you can customize this recipe to your own tastes and menu.)
Making your coleslaw without mayo could make you popular among your neighbors.
Because when it comes to outdoor entertaining, nothing says fun any LESS than a touch of food poisoning.
You don’t want to be the one who gives the HOA President food poisoning, do you?
Tips for Making Quick Coleslaw Recipe with No Mayo
- Because the size of cabbage heads can vary, I recommend tossing the prepared coleslaw with half the dressing. See how “wet” the slaw is and add more is needed. (You can use any leftover to drizzle on a bowl, or as a salad dressing. )
- To make things easier, shred the vegetables using a food processor. Alternatively, you can buy a bag of coleslaw mix. Or give your well trained teen a knife and tell him to chop-chop. Whatever works for you. I won’t judge.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How long will coleslaw keep in the refrigerator?
- This slaw will hold up well in the refrigerator for several days, but is best in the first 24 hours.
- How long will undressed cabbage or coleslaw mix last in the refrigerator?
- It should last for between three and five days.
Tools for Making Coleslaw without Mayo
No Mayo Coleslaw
No Mayo Coleslaw
- 1/2 medium red cabbage shredded
- 2 medium carrots peeled and grated or julienned
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds
- Coleslaw Dressing
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
- 2 tablespoons Swerve confectioners or sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup will work)
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper omit if you don’t like heat
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, red onion, parsley, and pepitas.
- In a blender combine olive oil, rice wine vinegar, mustard, Swerve, garlic, cayenne pepper salt, and pepper.
- Process until smooth.
- Toss the coleslaw dressing with the cabbage mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Variations for No Mayo Coleslaw Recipe
- For No May0 Mexican Coleslaw, use lime juice in place of vinegar and cilantro in place of parsley. Add a seeded diced jalapeño or 1/3 cup diced pickled jalapeños. (If you go that route I'd toss a bit of the jalapeño brine into the dressing.)
- Add 1 tablespoon Sriracha, 2 teaspoons of fish sauce and 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil. In place of the pepitas, top with sesame seed.
- Add 1 teaspoon celery salt and 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard.
Serving Suggestions for Coleslaw without Mayo
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