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close-up of easy carolina coleslaw with kale and red onions

Quick & Easy Carolina Coleslaw

  • Author: Snug and Cozy Life
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Quick & Easy Carolina Coleslaw is mayonnaise-free and pairs perfectly with all your barbeque recipes. Serve it alongside burger, wings, steak, and all your other potluck and party favorites!


  • 1 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small (or ½ medium) red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 4 large kale leaves, stalk removed and cut into thin ribbons
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp celery seeds


Step One

  • Begin by adding the cabbage, red onion, white onion, carrots, and kale to a large bowl.  Season the veggie with salt and pepper to taste.
  •  Next, toss everything together until the salad is mixed.

 Step Two

  •  Now, place  the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and turn the burner to medium heat.
  •  Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 1-2 minutes).
  •  Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the oil, Dijon mustard, and celery seeds.

 Step Three

  •  While the dressing is still warm, pour it over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat the salad mixture completely.
  •  Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours, to allow the flavors to mingle.



A quick tip with the kale: if the leaves are tough, rub them with a little bit of olive oil before you slice them.  The olive oil will tenderize the leaves a bit.

Keywords: quick easy Carolina Coleslaw Recipe, mayonnaise free

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