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Coleslaw Dairy-Free

Need a quick, easy, dairy-free side dish for that next potluck, party, or barbecue?

Coleslaw is the perfect option, no cooking necessary.

Just wash the slaw, mix the dressing, put them together, and let it marinate.

This is a light, tangy recipe your friends will love. Dairy-free, of course!

Creamy Dairy-Free Coleslaw

Who’s in the mood for dairy-free coleslaw?

Here’s a lesson in how, as food allergy parents, we are always learning new things!

For eleven years, our family gave up coleslaw.

At some point in time, I told myself this was not an allergy-safe option for us.

Maybe that was when we had egg allergies and vegan mayo wasn’t a thing.

But at any rate, yeah, our kiddos had never had coleslaw.

Until recently. 

Inside our membership group, an allergy mom shared they were having coleslaw on their holiday menu.

And my eyes took a double-take.


This is why I love allergy community so much.

I learn just as much from you all as you learn from me, that’s for sure. 

So after doing a little thinking and researching…

I decided extra washed, prepackaged slaw and homemade slaw dressing would fit the bill.

And it did!

Now we’re addicted.

What an awesome, no-cook option for this food allergy family.

And now this is one of my kiddo’s favorite side dishes of all time. 

It’s our new favorite side dish for potlucks, too.

If you have egg allergy, see if this vegan mayonnaise will work for you. 

It tastes amazing!

Now here’s the recipe for the slaw dressing. 

coleslaw dairy free in a bowl


1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
dash of salt to taste

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.


Buy pre-shaved, bagged cabbage and carrots at the store.

Wash the cabbage mix in water and apple cider vinegar, preferably in a salad spinner.

Let the cabbage mix dry.

Whip up our easy dairy-free coleslaw dressing recipe shown above.

Combine the washed and dried coleslaw mix and dressing in a large bowl. 

Cover and let the coleslaw marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour. 

Serve cold as a tasty side dish to burgers, fried fish, and more! 

Coleslaw is also delicious the next day after the cabbage and dressing have melded together well. 

Hope you enjoy this dairy-free coleslaw as much as we do!

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