Simple Vegan Coleslaw

This crunchy, tangy vegan coleslaw is the perfect partner for sandwiches and wraps. Make it for picnics, potlucks, and summer gatherings.

If you’re on a mission to eat more plant-based foods, don’t be so quick to cross coleslaw off your list. This vegan version is wonderfully creamy and tangy, thanks to ingredients like plant-based mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar. It’s the perfect partner for hearty meals like “pulled pork” BBQ jackfruit and Portobello burgers—just to name a few.

And like all homemade dishes, you can customize the flavor based on your preferences. The recipe is also gluten-free and can be made in bigger batches. Read on to learn how to make a quick and simple vegan coleslaw at home.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

How To Make It

Vegan coleslaw is very easy to make. The main ingredients include shredded carrots, red cabbage, and green cabbage. You’ll also need vegan mayonnaise (or plain vegan yogurt), along with maple syrup, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Depending on the size of your cabbage, you’ll need about 1/4 to 1/3 of one head. But if you’re pressed for time, feel free to use pre-made coleslaw mix from the produce sesction. You will need about 5 1/2 cups total. (We recommend using fresh cabbage when possible, though!)

Alternatively, you can stick to one type of cabbage, if that’s all you have on hand. We like using green and red cabbage for a colorful effect.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

In a large bowl, combine the vegan mayonnaise or plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, and spices.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Mix well until completely combined. Give the dressing a taste and adjust as necessary.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrots. Be sure to use a large bowl, especially if you are doubling or tripling the recipe.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Toss well until the cabbage and carrots are evenly covered in dressing.

Vegan Coleslaw

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The longer it chills, the better.

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Your coleslaw is ready to enjoy! For best results, eat the coleslaw within 3 days.

This side dish tastes great with all types of vegan sandwiches and wraps, such as:

Vegan Coleslaw
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

If you’d like to make this coleslaw in advance, prep the dressing and vegetables, but store them in separate containers. Mix them together just before serving. This will prevent the coleslaw from becoming soggy.

Craving an extra kick? Add 1/2 diced red onion or extra black pepper.

Vegan Coleslaw

This crunchy, tangy vegan coleslaw is the perfect partner for sandwiches and wraps. Make it for picnics, potlucks, and summer gatherings.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: coleslaw
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups green cabbage shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups red cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise or plain vegan yogurt
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add all the dressing ingredients. Mix well until
    completely combined. Taste and adjust as necessary.
  • Toss with the shredded cabbage and carrots, until evenly
    coated. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4006IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
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