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No Mayo Cole Slaw

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My trusty Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book includes a recipe for a Vinaigrette Coleslaw which I love. It’s super easy, delicious, and much healthier than mayo laden coleslaw. I love coleslaw, but I’m not that crazy about mayonnaise – especially when we’re outdoors and it’s not being refrigerated. Call me crazy, I’m just a little worried about spoiled mayonnaise.

No Mayo Cole-Slaw

I grow a lot of cabbage in my garden this No-Mayo cole-slaw, along with homemade sauerkraut, is one of my go-to recipes for using up cabbage.

No Mayo Cole Slaw

Mayo Free Cole-Slaw


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    • 3 Tbs cider vinegar
    • 2 Tbs sugar (I use raw sugar or honey)
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
    • 4 cups shredded green and/or red cabbage
    • 1 cup shredded carrot (2 medium)
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion


    1. To make the vinaigrette dressing, combine vinegar, sugar, oil, and spices in a screw-top jar. Cover and shake well.
    2. In a large bowl combine the shredded veggies. Pour the vinaigrette over the cabbage mixture. Toss to coat.
    3. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. This is an important step - it softens the cabbage and makes it taste better.
    4. Enjoy!

I use whatever cabbage I happen to have on hand – and the slaw pictured above was made with red and green cabbage, but you can make it with just green cabbage if you want, too.  But really, aren’t the colors pretty in the cole-slaw made with red cabbage?? I love the way it looks! Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from the cookbook linked above.:

Do you like cole-slaw? Mayo or no mayo? What’s your preference?

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  1. I hate, hate, HATE mayo with a fiery passion, so I've never even tried cole slaw. But I may actually give this recipe a shot(though I would omit the mustard - I don't like the flavor AT ALL). Yes, I am a picky eater. :)
  2. I actually omit the mustard, as well... You know what's most funny - I was just on your blog looking for your tuna recipe and commented on a couple of your posts too. You should try this. It's super tasty! :-)
  3. Oh that sounds like a yummy recipe! I don't like cole slaw with a lot of sauce on it... but this one sounds great!
  4. I will try the recipe too, as I prefer cole slaw w/out mayo. However, mayo doesn't actually spoil easily. It was formulated in the eary 1800s specifically as a preservative;the ph balance does't allow it to spoil. Spoilage is more often the carbohydrate it's dressing such as the potato.

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