Vegan Coleslaw Recipe with Apple, Carrots and Corn

BY : PUBLISHED : June 28th, 2022 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

This easy vegan coleslaw recipe is made without any mayo and a couple of added ingredients which makes it stand apart from other traditional coleslaws. A quick, three-ingredient dressing adds salty and sweet flavor for a dairy-free coleslaw everyone will love.

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Coleslaw is the perfect summertime side dish for outdoor BBQs, picnics, or even a quick weeknight dinner. Serve it up with your favorite grilled tofu recipe or veggie burger. I love it paired with a vegan bbq pork sandwich!

Want more summer salad inspiration? You definitely need to check out this vegan potato salad and pasta salad recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Dairy-free and mayo-free: This no mayo apple slaw relies on mostly fresh ingredients and a few less processed staples for flavor. No dairy or mayo makes it a healthier option.
  • Great for picnics and BBQs: Coleslaw is a popular menu item for outside parties.
  • Easy to make for groups of all sizes: I love to make a big batch of this when I have family coming over. It is so quick and easy.
  • Healthy: This mayo-free coleslaw is a healthy alternative to the traditional version.

What Goes Into This Recipe

This vegan coleslaw recipe requires simple ingredients that you can easily pick up at most grocery stores.

ingredients for slaw measured out and veggies cut on a white surface
  • Oil: Use a healthy salad oil such as extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Sweet onion: Such as Walla Walla or Vidalia. 
  • Purple or green cabbage: Personally I like a blend of the two for more color but if you can only get one that works too.
  • Carrots: For color and crunch!
  • Apples: Granny smith are my favorites to use for salads.
  • Corn: Canned corn, an easy pantry staple makes this recipe simpler but you can also use frozen or even fresh in the summertime. 
  • Brown sugar: A bit of sweetness to balance the salty soy sauce. You can also swap it with maple syrup or agave.
  • Soy sauce: Delicious umami flavor gives this vegan coleslaw so much flavor.

How To Make Dairy Free Coleslaw

  • 1) In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Saute onion until caramelized, about 4 to 5 minutes.
process of adding cut onion to pan
  • 2) In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, carrots, apple, and corn.
process of adding veggies for slaw into white bowl
  • 3) Dissolve sugar in soy sauce then toss into veggies along with the onion.

Expert Tips

  • Save time. In a hurry, use pre-shredded cabbage bought in a bag at the grocery store.
  • Making ahead of time? Soak the apples in a bit of lemon juice after cutting them to keep them from turning brown.
  • Let it sit. Coleslaw tastes even better after it sits for thirty minutes to an hour. This time allows the cabbage to soften slightly while still retaining some of its natural crunchiness.

FAQs

How do you make vegan coleslaw?

Traditional coleslaw is typically vegan except for the mayonnaise used to make it. You can opt for an oil and vinegar-based dressing, like this recipe, or use a vegan mayo instead.

What other veggies work great in vegan slaw?

In this recipe, you could use broccoli or cauliflower slaw instead of the cabbage. If you're looking to add in more veggies, I'd suggest some grated yellow beets, shredded fennel, cooked sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and thinly sliced green beans or asparagus.

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completed vegan slaw on two white plates against a light background

Vegan Coleslaw Recipe with Apple, Carrots and Corn

Stephanie Lundstrom
This easy vegan coleslaw recipe is made without any mayo and a couple of added ingredients which makes it stand apart from other traditional coleslaws. A quick, three-ingredient dressing adds salty and sweet flavor for a dairy-free coleslaw everyone will love.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 172 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 3 handfuls of shredded purple cabbage or green cabbage
  • 3 handfuls of grated carrots
  • ¾ of a large apple cut into sticks
  • 1 can of sweet corn drained
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Saute onion until caramelized, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, carrots, apple, and corn.
  • Dissolve sugar in soy sauce then toss into veggies along with the onion.

Notes

  • Save time. In a hurry, use pre-shredded cabbage bought in a bag at the grocery store. Also, you can use a food processor to grate and shred.
  • Making ahead of time? Soak the apples in a bit of lemon juice after cutting them to keep them from turning brown.
  • Let it sit. Coleslaw tastes even better after it sits for thirty minutes to an hour. This time allows the cabbage to soften slightly while still retaining some of its natural crunchiness.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 819mgPotassium: 404mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 427IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Yummy this coleslaw looks delicious

    • Andrea White says

      Colorful and jam-packed with flavor!

  2. Amanda says

    5 stars
    Such a fresh spin on creamy cole slaw! Love the addition of apples and corn 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      It's quite the mix of yumminess!

  3. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect healthy salad or side! Kids love this one!

    • Andrea White says

      So glad your kiddos loved this one!

  4. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Such a unique recipe! So colorful and tasty! A new favorite slaw recipe for my summer meal planning 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love a nice and colorful meal!

  5. Michelle says

    5 stars
    I need to make this more often!

    • Andrea White says

      You dooo! It's too good!

  6. Tina says

    5 stars
    Love how flavorful this coleslaw recipe is!

    • Andrea White says

      Jam-packed with flavor!

  7. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    Love this color!

  8. Devan says

    5 stars
    This was great. Super easy to make and so healthy. Thanks for this one!

    • Andrea White says

      So glad you enjoyed it! It's a delicious one!

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