Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

This Vegan Coleslaw is a lightened up version of the classic we all love. It’s mayo-free, yet it’s still so rich, creamy and tangy. It’ll be a hit at your next barbeque, picnic or potluck!

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for an oil-free Vegan Coleslaw Recipe over the last few weeks. And since I’ve made so many creamy-based dressings that are oil-free, I knew this would be an easy recipe to deliver. I’m very happy with the final results and excited to share it with you guys.

Coleslaw is pretty nutritious because it’s mostly made up of raw veggies, but when it’s doused in a ton of mayo, it’s not so healthy anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat mayo-based coleslaw any day of the week (vegan, of course), but it’s nice to make lightened up versions of my favorite recipes, too.

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of oil in your diet, a good place to start is salad dressing. Keep a few of your favorites on hand and use it for dipping, sandwiches, wraps, marinade, pasta, potatoes, stir-fry and more.

Some of my favorite oil-free dressings are this Creamy Italian Dressing, Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing, and Thousand Island Dressing. I’ll be posting lots more in the future, too!

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE VEGAN COLESLAW DRESSING

Even though this slaw is mayo-free and oil-free,  it’s still super creamy and rich, just like a classic coleslaw recipe. For the creamy consistency, I used Raw Cashews, Unsweetened Non-Dairy Yogurt, and Unsweetened Non-Dairy milk.

I prefer the taste of So Delicious Yogurt over any other brand. It has a neutral flavor and I use it for so many sweet and savory recipes. It works perfectly in my Vegan Cream Cheese. If you can’t find the So Delicious brand, try to find another coconut-based one.

For that classic tangy and subtly sweet flavor, I added Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, and Agave Nectar. Then I added Fresh Garlic, Onion Powder, Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to add that finishing touch.

This dressing is very easy to customize, so feel free to add or omit some ingredients to suit your taste. It’s best to start conservative and you can add from there.

HOW TO MAKE THE DRESSING

It’s so easy to make! Just soak the cashews in water for 2-4 hours or you can soften them in very hot water. Just boil water and then remove pot from heat, add the cashews and cover for 15-20 minutes.

When you’re ready to make the dressing, add the cashews to a blender (discard soaking water first), then blend them up with the rest of the dressing ingredients. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Now place it in the fridge to chill while you prepare your veggies.

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

WHAT VEGGIES GO IN A VEGAN COLESLAW?

The ingredients are pretty basic, you’ll need green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, and parsley. Feel free to amp it up to your liking. Sometimes I’ll add green onion and a little basil or cilantro too.

HOW TO PREP THE VEGGIES

You’ll want to shred the cabbage fairly thin so it softens up nicely. It’s pretty easy to do, just make sure you have a sturdy working surface and a sharp chef’s knife. This article on How To Shred Cabbage might be helpful to you. It has step-by-step photos too.

You can skip this entire step and buy everything pre-shredded (except the parsley, that needs to be chopped). I usually buy the carrots pre-cut because it saves so much time and my carrots always look a little wonky. So those perfect carrots above are store-bought. Amen! Do what works for you, too!

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

To a large mixing bowl, add the shredded cabbage, carrots, and chopped parsley. Toss to combine well. Now pour on 1 cup of dressing and toss to coat. Check for desired consistency and add more dressing if needed.

I usually add the whole batch of dressing, because I like it super creamy, but if you’re unsure, you can just add more after the coleslaw has chilled too.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to let the flavors marinate. Toss once more before serving. Taste for flavor and add more if needed. Top with fresh cracked pepper and more parsley if desired.

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw (Oil-Free)

WHAT TO SERVE WITH VEGAN COLESLAW

You can serve it as a side to pretty much any meal. It goes exceptionally well with, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Burgers and Hot Dogs. AND it makes a great filling or topping, too! You can add it to Tacos, Spring Rolls, Salads and more!

I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

If you make this Vegan Coleslaw Recipe, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

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