Vegan Coleslaw Recipes and Serving Tips to Try

Cabbage and other vegetables make up cole slaw

Vegan cole slaw is a cabbage based side dish that can include a creamy dressing or a lighter dressing made with oil and vinegar. This is a versatile salad for vegetarians, and it's easy to make it vegan as well.

What Is Cole Slaw?

Cole slaw is a salad that is traditionally made mostly of shredded green cabbage. Shredded carrots are added, and the vegetables are mixed with a light, mild dressing.

Creamy dressings are sometimes used. These tend to be somewhat on the sweet side. Tangy vinaigrette dressing can also be used instead.

Cole slaw can be served as a side dish that goes well with sandwiches, veggie burgers, or any kind of grilled main course. It can also be used as a sandwich or veggie hot dog topping. Packed into individual containers, cole slaw makes terrific picnic fare.

Vegan Cole Slaw Recipes

Since the base of most cole slaw recipes is shredded vegetables, it's easy to ensure that the finished dish is suitable for vegan diets. Here are two very basic recipes, one with each kind of dressing.

Creamy Vegan Cole Slaw


  • 1 medium head green cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • Sweetener to taste (sugar, agave nectar, apple juice concentrate, etc.) - start with 1/4 cup and add more if needed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Shred cabbage into thin strips, and grate the carrots. Place veggies in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, combine vegan mayo, sweetener, vinegar, celery seed, salt, and pepper.
  • Taste the dressing and add more sweetener if desired.
  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix well to coat evenly.
  • Refrigerate cole slaw until ready to serve.

Oil and Vinegar Vegan Cole Slaw


  • 1 medium head green cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or any other light oil)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare exactly as you would the Creamy Vegan Cole Slaw, by first shredding the vegetables, and then mixing the dressing ingredients together. Combine the dressing with the vegetables, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Other Options for Vegan Cole Slaw

There are loads of other things you can add to perk up your vegan cole slaw recipe. Here are just a few to try:

  • Try adding different vegetables, in addition to the traditional cabbage and carrots. Bell peppers, onions, cherry or grape tomatoes, or shredded zucchini make nice additions.
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins or snipped dried apricots, give a different texture.
  • Add crunch with toasted cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, or pecans.
  • Fresh fruit, like diced apples or pineapple, give cole slaw a completely different flavor.
  • Sesame or sunflower seeds add flavor and nutrition.
  • Try different fresh or dried herbs and spices in the dressing.

More Vegan Cole Slaw Recipes

Here are some different cole slaw recipes that you might like to try:

  • Vegan Cole Slaw - A simple coleslaw with two different kinds of cabbage and carrots.
  • Snappy Crunchy Vegan Cole Slaw - This recipe uses cumin in the dressing, and a combination of green and purple cabbage, along with other veggies and dried fruit.

Cole slaw is a very forgiving dish, and it's easy to adjust the flavors and ingredients to suit your tastes.

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