Vinegar Coleslaw (No Mayo)

Vinegar Coleslaw is an excellent no mayo coleslaw recipe for those who love coleslaw but don’t love mayonnaise. This vinegar based coleslaw is tangy, not overly sweet and provides the perfect crunch with its combination of green cabbage, onion and carrots.

I bring this slaw to BBQs and parties as it pairs great with Carne Asada, Honey Mustard Chicken and BBQ ribs. It’s also a delicious side to my BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes.

Vinegar based coleslaw in a white bowl.

I love a classic Coleslaw recipe with a creamy, mayo dressing. But I also love this vinegar coleslaw that’s got a stronger bite of flavor (thanks to the apple cider vinegar). It’s always great to have options and you really can’t go wrong with either recipe. So do what I do and alternate them for a little variety!

Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe Video

It’s quick and easy to make this vinegar coleslaw recipe, but it always helps to watch a step-by-step video tutorial. Give it a watch below!

Benefits of Eating Cabbage

One reason you should eat more coleslaw is the amazing health benefits of cabbage! You can boil cabbage, sauté it, ferment it or enjoy it raw, like in this tasty coleslaw recipe. However you eat it, you’ll be absorbing plenty of necessary nutrients from cabbage.

Cabbage comes from the same plant family as kale, cauliflower and broccoli. And like broccoli, cabbage has a similar anti-inflammatory profile. Chronic inflammation over time is associated with heart disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), cancer and diabetes. In other words, eat more cabbage and other veggies!

Cabbage has a ton of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that protects cells from harmful free radicals. In turn, Vitamin C has been linked to lowering high blood pressure and boosting your immunity (and you know I’m all about boosting the immune system).

This crunchy vegetable is also high in Vitamin K. Just one cup of cabbage is 85% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K, which is essential to help with blood clotting. So much goodness from one simple vegetable.

Vinegar coleslaw ingredients in a mixing bowl with dressing on the side.

Vinegar Coleslaw Ingredients

One of the things I love about coleslaw recipes are how easy they are to whip up. It’s just a handful of ingredients. Here’s what’s in this oil and vinegar based coleslaw recipe:

  • Green Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Celery Seed
  • Salt and Pepper

Vinegar coleslaw in a white bowl.

Why Does Everyone Say Coleslaw is So Bad for You?

There’s a lot of dairy and sugar in store-bought coleslaw and restaurant versions. But this recipe is dairy-free, paleo, low carb and can easily be made vegan by simply swapping the honey for maple syrup.

I’ve also limited the honey to one tablespoon for this big batch of coleslaw. So that’s very little sugar per serving. And trust me, you won’t be missing it in this easy, ultra-flavorful recipe.

Vinegar coleslaw piled on a spoon.

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Vinegar coleslaw in a white bowl.

Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe (No Mayo Coleslaw)

4.95 from 50 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Vinegar based coleslaw is an excellent no mayo coleslaw recipe for those who love coleslaw but don't love mayonnaise. It's an easy combination of cabbage, carrots and onion mixed with an apple cider vinegar dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 yellow or red onion, finely sliced

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey, (or more, depending on sweetness)
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions 

  • Add the shredded green cabbage, carrot and onion to a large bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, celery seed, salt and pepper to create the dressing. Taste the dressing and decide if you'd like to add more honey.
  • Add about half of the dressing to the cabbage, onions and carrots and gently toss. Slowly add more dressing until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Lisa's Tips

  • This recipe makes approximately 12 cups of vinegar coleslaw.
  • You can also store it in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 156mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 925IU, Vitamin C: 28.3mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No Mayo Coleslaw, No Mayonnaise Coleslaw, Vinegar Based Coleslaw Recipe, Vinegar Coleslaw
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114 comments on “Vinegar Coleslaw (No Mayo)”

  1. Hello Lisa,

    I really liked the dressing! so I wanted to ask you how long it can be stored? 

    Thank you so much! 

    From México City

    • It can be stored for a few days in the fridge. Just make sure to give it a stir before using again the following days.

  2. Love this recipe! So refreshing and fantastic with bbq. Gets better overnight so the leftovers are great. I make 2 small modifications: we don’t love the raw yellow onion and replace it with green onions. Also, boyfriend is allergic to honey so we use maple syrup instead. So good. I made the Mayo coke slaw from Lisa a couple of weeks ago – I like the vinegar best and boyfriend likes the Mayo best, so we’ll be alternating all summer as both won’t disappoint!5 stars

  3. I’ve made this 3 times. I have some people in my family that aren’t fond of mustard so after the 1st time I omit the dijon mustard and it’s great with or without.5 stars

  4. How much is .75 teaspoons of salt. Never seen that measurement for salt and pepper

  5. Hi Lisa!! Absolutely love your recipes. We make this version of coleslaw quite often. I use shallots and rice vinegar with sliced almonds for a crunch.5 stars

  6. Lovely tasting coleslaw.  I like vinegar-based coleslaw and make it often during summer bbq season.  I loved the subtle taste of honey in this and the Dijon put it over the top in my book.  Super quick to whip up and then left to mellow in the refrigerator until the grilling is complete.  Thanks for the new twist on an old favorite.  5 stars

  7. This was really good. I just added a tiny bit more honey. I loved that it didn’t have mayo. I like mayo but sometimes it’s nice not to have it in coleslaw.5 stars

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