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Vegan Coleslaw (No Mayo)

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This easy vegan coleslaw is made with simple ingredients you likely have on hand and is full of flavor. It's creamy without the use of mayo and is an excellent rival to traditional coleslaw.

Vegan Coleslaw

Classic coleslaw is typically loaded with regular mayo or, in a vegan case, a creamy vegan mayonnaise.

This recipe has no mayo. I know people tend to think mayo is one of the key ingredients to coleslaw, but this will surprise you.

This is great for multiple reasons 1. people who hate mayo will likely enjoy this version 2. you don't have to worry about the mayo being out in the sun. 3. it's a bit lighter because a little oil goes a long way.

I'm all for a more healthy coleslaw recipe that still has great flavor.

You can enjoy this as cabbage salad or add some crunchy coleslaw to a sandwich.

This is perfect for anyone who hates mayo.

Do you know very many people that hate mayo? I seem to know quite a few people.

Recipe tips;

  • Give this at least 3 hours to marinate.
  • If you're making your own slaw, make sure to cut the fresh cabbage into thin slices.

Vegan Coleslaw Recipe Q&A

vegan coleslaw on bean burgers

Can I use regular raw cabbage instead of a bagged coleslaw mix?

Yes, if you prefer to buy green cabbage, purple cabbage, red cabbage, or a mix.

You can use a food processor with the shredding disc to make shredded cabbage or carefully take a sharp knife and cutting board and cut it into thin strips.

Or you can buy the bagged coleslaw at the grocery store.

Can I use a different vinegar for this coleslaw?

You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar if you would prefer. They both will lend a little bit different flavor.

Can you make coleslaw in advance?

Yes, this recipe works great if you make it within 24 hours of when you need it. Just place it in the fridge covered until you're ready to enjoy it.

What's the best type of oil to use?

I usually use vegetable oil because it's so mild. If you prefer to use olive oil, it will work but make sure it's more of a mild one than a really potent olive oil.

Can I use maple syrup instead of sugar?

Yes, maple syrup will work, it might be a little bit more liquidy, but it'll still taste good!

vegan coleslaw with oil and not mayo

What ingredients do you need for this easy vegan coleslaw recipe?

Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full instructions.

  • coleslaw mix
  • white onion (or red onion)
  • oil
  • white sugar
  • red wine vinegar 
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Optional; avocado chunks

How do you make this vegan coleslaw dressing?

Get a medium to a large bowl, mix the dressing ingredients, and stir. 

no mayo coleslaw mix

Then add your coleslaw, stir until combined, and place in the fridge covered for at least 30 minutes before serving; the longer, the better.

vegan coleslaw

How do you serve this vegan coleslaw?

This perfect side dish can be served as a side salad, or my personal favorite is on a sandwich.

BBQ sandwiches or veggie burgers go great with coleslaw.

Adding chunks of avocado makes a great addition to this homemade coleslaw.

How do you store coleslaw?

Coleslaw is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can coleslaw be frozen?

I would not recommend freezing coleslaw; the cabbage will lose its crunch and get funky after being in the freezer.

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vegan coleslaw

Vegan Coleslaw

This easy vegan coleslaw uses oil instead of a mayo-based leaving it light and delicious.
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Course: All Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 144kcal


  • 8 oz bag coleslaw mix**


  • 2 TB onion diced small
  • 1.5 TB oil
  • ½ TB white sugar
  • 2 TB red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional; avocado chunks


  • Get a medium bowl and mix the dressing ingredients and stir. Then add your coleslaw, stir until combined, and place in the fridge covered for at least 30 minutes before serving; the longer, the better.


**Add a 16 oz bag of coleslaw if you want it to be less saucy.
See blog post for recipe Q&A


Serving: 1g | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g
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