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Nov 4, 2007 11:43 PM

No Mayonnaise COLE SLAW

Union Street Public House in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia serves a cole slaw side that is like a sweet and sour taste with finely shredded cabbage. It is delicious -- and is not too sweet (just a hint) -- and has no mayonnaise or sour cream or any dairy. What is your best recipe for a cole slaw that does not have dairy? Thanks for your help!

PS Is it "cole" slaw if there is no dairy?

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  1. My SO is of German descent and when they were growing up their mom made it with oil and vinegar. They were vehemently opposed to sweet cole slaw and as small children were grossed out at their school cafeterias by the sweet mayo kind.

    As a result I've fallen in love with this oil and vinegar recipe. We've doctored it up a bit with chopped tomatoes and scallions - add S&P to taste. It's very basic and very good. The only sweetness is from the cabbage and any shredded carrots that made their way into it.


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    1. re: OysterHo

      oyster ho! (ha ha), did you intend to post a link?, because i don't see any recipe.....
      ps i was born in fort myers and grew up there. you are on west or east coast (or in between, near the swamp cabbage festival! yay!)

      1. re: alkapal

        No, no link - we just wing it. :D

        I live south of Boca Raton, north of Ft. Lauderdale - born and raised in Miami. :)

    2. This is a great baseline for tasting:

      1 c shredded red cabbage
      1 c shredded green cabbage
      1/2 carrot, shredded
      1/4 c shredded white onion
      1 T cumin seeds
      Juice of 1 lemon
      1 tsp sea salt
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1 tsp ground cumin
      1/3 c extra vrigin olive oil
      1 medium tomato, diced (optional)

      But I generically just shred cabbage, apples, carrots -- whatever is around. Add a little oil, a lot of apple cider vinegar, a little salt, and a lot of cumin (ground or seed, it doesn't matter).. green onions or red to oppose the color of the cabbage, and some craisins to sweeten instead of sugar. - The cumin + apple cider vinegar are so easy & tasty together. Can also use red wine vinegar, but it's got it's own taste.

      1. Here are my two standbys which we love too.

        my none dairy version is vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, fresh jalapeƱos, cilantro, tiny cut up tomato (added last) scallion and lime juice. Any cabbage or mix. Just don't use bagged, all those have a taste that seems to me like its going bad. sorry...Mix your dressing first, then add the others, top with tomatoes and cilantro, and a few chilies so they know what to expect. Make fresh corn tortilla chips for scoop.
        Or rice vinegar and oil and sesame oil, a little sugar, ginger, cilantro and red onion or scallion any cabbage and top with cilantro, black sesame seeds and crystallized ginger cubes. Serve with the rice chips to scoop.

          1. What you had is usually called Carolina Cole Slaw - there's a recipe at this link -


            PS - Cole means cabbage and slaw means salad so I think you're okay with no dairy.