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No Mayo Cole Slaw

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?


  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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