Vegan Coleslaw

The Best Vegan Classic Coleslaw

I am very aware that saying this is THE BEST VEGAN COLESLAW may be overzealous but my goodness, I have made A LOT of Coleslaw over the past few months.

For the longest time, I was only making vinegar based coleslaws because we were putting it on top of Vegan Burgers with BBQ Sauce. To me, the tanginess balanced out the sweet & spicy of the BBQ sauce.

Then, my in-laws visited us

Unaware at the time, I made one of my vinegar based coleslaws to go with burgers & corn on the cob–my father-in-law is already not much of a coleslaw fan but really not a fan of vinegar based ones. (fail–sad face)

Since then, I have been working on a more “classic” recipe. You know, the kind that has some sugar in it, lots of mayo & very little vinegar.

Lucky For You, I Have It Figured Out!

Don’t get me wrong I still LOVE a vinegar based coleslaw, but lately with us being in the midst of summer, I am hooked on making THIS Classic Version to go with BBQ’s.

Need Other Ideas For Your Vegan BBQ?

  • Burgers (Check out our Vegan Burger Review!)
  • Hot Dogs (Our favorites are Field Roast’s Frankfurters)
  • Brats (Beyond Meat Brats are the ultimate for us)
  • Potato Salad
  • Cold Pasta Salad
  • Our Mediterranean Salad
  • Corn on the Cob (with either Vegan Butter or a juiced lime & nutritional yeast sprinkled on)
  • Watermelon
  • …and our newest favorite–my Jack & Baked Beans recipe I just created. Once I have this recipe posted, I will link it here.

Vegan Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw
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Vegan Coleslaw

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: BBQ, Coleslaw, Side Dish, Vegan
Servings: 6 servings


  • 16 oz Coleslaw Mix (or approximately 7 cups of a mix of green cabbage & carrots)
  • 1 stalk Green Onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayonnaise. I prefer Hellman's Vegan Mayo
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Cane Sugar to ensure it is Vegan & not processed with bone char
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white or black pepper



  • In a medium size bowl, preferably a bowl that can be covered(like a pyrex), add the Mayo, Cane Sugar, ACV, Salt & Pepper. Mix well.
    Coleslaw Dressing
  • Add the Coleslaw Mix & Green Onions(if using) in to the bowl and mix well. Depending on the size of your bowl, it may be easier to add the coleslaw in batches then mix.
    Coleslaw Mix
  • Cover; keep in the refrigerator until time to serve. Stir a couple times to make sure all of the veggies stay coated.
    Vegan Coleslaw 3


:: For the BEST results :: Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. You can make this the night before but in my opinion, it tastes fresher the day of. 
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Pictured is a 365 Vegan Plant Based Burger, Violife Mature Cheddar Slice, Jack & Baked Beans and THIS Coleslaw! 🙂  So. Much. YUM!!

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