Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Better than Coleslaw ( Non-Creamy, no Oil Coleslaw )

Freshly made slaw with Roasted, Salted Peanuts on top.
Eating seasonally is a popular idea now. It's cheaper, and there are theories that it's healthier, too. Cabbage is one of the best winter vegetables - both cheap and super-healthy! But, the normal American way to eat it is to drown it in a mayonnaise based sauce. Not only does this detract from the health benefits, but, as far as I am concerned, it ruins the flavour, too!

This is MY favorite winter (or summer) cabbage salad.

I got the inspiration for this salad from a Vegweb recipe, but changed it quite a bit.

I make the dressing in a big batch and keep it in the fridge. This recipe will dress 3 to 4 salads.

Slaw Dressing. Notice how the oil substitute allows the
Celery seed to suspend in the dressing.
Slaw Dressing:
1/2 cup oil substitute (see recipe below)
1/2 cup vinegar (white or apple cider work well)
1 Tablespoon sugar (your favorite kind)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Shake in a jar.

1 quart shredded cabbage (about 1/2 a large head) - OR bagged coleslaw veggies
1/4 to 1/3 cup dressing (above)
Toss & add optional ingredients on top:
Optional ingredients:
Minced Scallions
Shredded Carrot
Shredded Purple Cabbage
Roasted Salted Peanuts
Toasted Slivered Almonds
Dried Cranberries

Oil Substitute: *
 Combine & stir
1/2 cup water
Oil substitute, just after boiling.
1 teaspoon Tapioca Starch
Heat on stove top, stirring constantly, till mixture boils (it will thicken when it boils)

OR heat in microwave 30 seconds, stir, heat 30 more seconds, stir (repeat if needed to bring to boil, but usually 1 minute does it)

*This is a slurry of Tapioca Starch and Water. It gives an Oil-Like mouth feel. It is good for use in cold salads and sauces. Not recommended for replacing oil when sauteing (although it does give an nice texture to heated sauces, too!). Also, it does not temper flavours the way oil does, so it will not soften the acidity of oil in a vinaigrette.


  1. I really like the dressing recipe...I think I'd like the coleslaw with slivered almonds the best...or maybe cashews? ♥

  2. Nice!!!! Love this idea as an alternative!

  3. Thank you both - hope you enjoy it! It's a staple at our house : )

  4. Happy New Year. Thanks for passing from my blog and sorry for the long time it took me to visit back. This salad sounds great and much healthier than using Mayo.

  5. Thank you, Ivy. Hope you had a Blessed Theophany!


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