Creamy coleslaw that's vegan and great for making in your Vitamix
Creamy coleslaw is traditionally loaded with mayonnaise and made in a food processor.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you can probably guess what we did with that.
Veganized it and used our Vitamix to make some magic. Here’s our creamy coleslaw recipe (pictured above with a veggie dog).
But first, a little insight into how deli coleslaw is actually made.
I've seen how the coleslaw "sausage" is made
What if you saw how your favorite deli made its creamy coleslaw? Would you ever eat it again?
I worked in a kosher-style deli in high school. There, I saw how coleslaw is made.
There are two less-than-romantic parts about how it’s made:
First is the ingredients. Cabbage and carrots followed by buckets of mayo.
Second secret to deli-made creamy coleslaw is how it’s mixed. With everything in a giant plastic bin, someone mixes all the ingredients by hand. (Think picking up a huge pile of wet leaves over and over.)
The latter isn’t a huge deal. It’s the reality of making coleslaw for the masses.
The former, however, is less than ideal.
So we veganized it. And, we used whole food ingredients (instead of using the more convenient, but less healthy, Just Mayo).
This coleslaw is delicious and well worth the tiny bit of effort. Fresh, tasty, and impressive.
Go make it!
Creamy coleslaw. Mayo free!
- green cabbage - 1/2 whole
- carrot (peeled) - 1 large
- apple cider vinegar - 1/4 cup
- extra virgin olive oil - 1/4 cup
- dijon mustard - 1 Tbsp.
- lemon (with peel) - 1/2 whole
- cashews (raw) - 1/3 cup
- coconut sugar - 1 tsp.
- pepper - to taste
- salt - to taste
- Blend your cabbage in three stages
- Place first 1/3 into container
- Pulse on 1 using the tamper to push into the blade
- Pour into bowl when desired consistency reached
- Look for any large pieces that may have been missed
- Put those back in the container
- Repeat steps 2-6
- Cut carrot into fourths, put all into container
- Repeat steps 3 and 4
- Add all ingredients into container
- Ramp from variable speed 1-10
- Blend on high until smooth
- Toss your slaw in the dressing
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days
- Snap a pic and tag #lifeisNOYOKE
Useful tips for Creamy Coleslaw
Use your Vitamix to chop the cabbage and carrots. It’s super easy.
- Add a small amount to your container.
- Pulse on Variable Speed 1.
- Use the tamper to keep things bouncing around.
- Place processed vegetables in a bowl.
Here’s a fifteen second video showing what I mean.
Another tip: Coleslaw on sandwiches is incredible. (It’s like lettuce but more flavorful!) Plus, you save time not having to add other condiments!
I’ve been food stalking your blog for quite some time now and decided to scam through your post while writing my “feel good” shopping list. Stumbled on this and I gotta say “Damn. Shut the front door!” Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with us in cyber world. Btw, I worked at a franchise buffet, Chinese restaurant, and Italian restaurant. It’s left mental scars.
Best wishes and thanks for your dishes!
Lenny Gale -
Food stalking! It’s funny cause that’s my intention with this site. Take pictures so good they seduce the hell out of anyone who sticks around long enough.
I have vast experience in the food industry, too. Jewish deli, upscale Italian, mass-produced camp food service. Oh yeah, and living in a hotel for 5 years. I feel ya.
Regarding this recipe, it’s legit. It’s one of those that doesn’t get enough credit. Heck, it’s cole slaw. But my neighbors went glossy-eyed when they tried this.
Let me know how this one goes.