Vegan Creamy Coleslaw is a marinade of delightful flavors. We all know it as a traditional picnic on the side salad. And it’s well looked forward dish there. But did you know there are other ways you can use coleslaw? How about in sandwiches, wraps, or as a topping for burger. A modern twist is to add coleslaw to delicious tacos or burritos because it adds another layer of taste and holds up better than lettuce toppings. It’s refreshing and tangy that adds a burst of flavor to any meal.

How to Customize Vegan Creamy Coleslaw

This cabbage salad is wonderful on it’s own. But if you like adding things in, experimenting with food, and making things in your own style then here are some suggestions:

  • Use a variety of cabbage: Experiment with different types of cabbage, such as red cabbage, Napa cabbage, or savoy cabbage, to add color and texture.
  • Add more color: Incorporate vibrant veggies like bell peppers, grated beets, or shredded carrots for added color and nutrients.
  • Fresh Herbs: Mix in chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or dill to enhance the flavor profile and add a burst of freshness. You don’t have to use a lot with fresh herbs because they are so pungent.
  • Fruits: Some people really like something sweet in their coleslaw. Introduce a hint of sweetness by including diced apples, raisins, dried cranberries, or crushed pineapple.
  • Crunchy Nuts and Seeds: Toss in toasted nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts) or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame) for extra crunch and nutritional value.
  • Creamy Enhancements: Experiment with different vegan mayonnaise brands or try using alternatives like cashew cream, tahini, or avocado for a unique creamy texture.
  • Spice it Up: Add a kick with spices like cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Vegan Protein: Boost the protein content by including ingredients like chickpeas, black beans, or tempeh bacon.

Coleslaw is highly adaptable, so feel free to combine these customization ideas to create a coleslaw that perfectly suits your taste preferences and complements your meal.

Can Coleslaw be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make coleslaw ahead of time! One way is to to make the whole recipe ahead of time and store in the fridge. The other way is to keep the dressing separate until closer to serving time.

If you will be serving within 24 hours then preparing the whole salad makes sense. This is because making coleslaw ahead of time can often enhance the flavors as the ingredients have more time to meld together. Here’s how you can do it:

Preparation:

  1. Prepare and chop all the vegetables according to the recipe.
  2. Make the creamy dressing and mix it with the vegetables as instructed in the recipe.
  3. Transfer the coleslaw to an airtight container. Seal the container well to prevent air exposure, which can cause the vegetables to wilt.
  4. Refrigerate the coleslaw for up to 24 hours before serving.
  5. Before serving, give the coleslaw a gentle toss to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed and to refresh any potential settling of ingredients.

Preparation for 1 or 2 days

If you plan to serve the coleslaw beyond 24 hours, it’s best to keep the dressing separate until closer to serving time. Toss the dressing with the coleslaw just before serving to maintain optimal freshness and texture.

  1. Prepare and chop all the vegetables according to the recipe.
  2. Make the creamy dressing but keep it separate and do not mix with salad.
  3. Transfer the coleslaw to an airtight container and put creamy dressing in a separate jar or container. Seal the containers well.
  4. Refrigerate
  5. Thirty minutes to an hour before serving, add in the dressing and gently toss. Continue to refrigerate for flavors to meld. Then serve and give one more gentle toss of the salad.

Additional Tips:

  • While coleslaw can be made ahead of time, it’s important to note that some vegetables may release moisture over time, potentially making the coleslaw a bit more liquid. You can drain any excess liquid before serving if needed.
  • Creamy coleslaw tends to become more flavorful as it sits, so making it ahead allows the flavors to develop and meld together.
  • If using fruits in the coleslaw, such as apples or pineapples, consider adding them just before serving to prevent them from becoming too soft.
  • By making coleslaw ahead of time, you can save time and ensure that you have a delicious side dish ready to go for your meal or event.

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Vegan Creamy Coleslaw

Vegan Creamy Coleslaw is a marinade of delightful flavors. We all know it as a traditional picnic on the side salad. And it's well looked forward dish there. But did you know there are other ways you can use coleslaw? How about in sandwiches, wraps, or as a topping for burger. A modern twist is to add coleslaw to delicious tacos or burritos because it adds another layer of taste and holds up better than lettuce toppings. It's refreshing and tangy that adds a burst of flavor to any meal.
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Vegan Creamy Coleslaw on a plate
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Coleslaw

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage (green, purple, or a mix)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)

For the creamy dressing

  • ¾ cup vegan mayonnaise (add more for creamier)
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and sliced red onion.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the vegan mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup (or agave nectar), Dijon mustard, and celery seed (if using).
    Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the sweetness and tanginess by adding more maple syrup or vinegar if desired.
  • Pour the creamy dressing over the shredded vegetables. Gently toss everything together until the vegetables are well-coated with the dressing.
  • Cover the coleslaw and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and the coleslaw to become even more delicious.
  • Give the coleslaw a final toss before serving.
Servings: 6

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