Introducing the ultimate Creamy Vegan Coleslaw Dressing Recipe: Say goodbye to store-bought dressings and hello to this homemade, tangy, and creamy vegan coleslaw dressing. It’s the perfect addition to any salad, but pairs especially well with our Easy Vegan Broccoli Summer Salad Recipe. This gluten-free and dairy-free dressing is made with simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. Perfect for coleslaw, broccoli slaw, kale salad, and more, this dressing will be your new go-to for all your salad needs.
What Goes Into A Classic Coleslaw Dressing?
A traditional coleslaw dressing typically includes a combination of vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise. In this vegan version, we’ve replaced the mayo with a plant-based alternative and added a touch of sweetness using maple syrup instead of sugar. To give it an extra zing, we’ve also included the option of adding a bit of dijon mustard. The result is a tangy and creamy dressing that’s perfect for all your coleslaw needs.
Ingredients & Substitutions: What Is In Vegan Coleslaw Dressing
To make this delicious vegan coleslaw dressing, you will need the following ingredients:
- Vegan mayo: You can use any brand of vegan mayonnaise that you prefer. Vegan mayonnaise is made without eggs or dairy, making it a great option for those following a plant-based diet.
- White wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar): Vinegar adds a tangy flavor to the coleslaw dressing and also helps to preserve it. You can use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, depending on your preference.
- Pure maple syrup: Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to the coleslaw dressing and helps to balance out the tangy flavors of the vinegar and lemon juice.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a bright, fresh flavor to the coleslaw dressing. You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice, depending on what you have on hand.
- Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste: Season the coleslaw dressing with fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste. You can adjust the seasoning according to your personal preferences.
- Mustard or dijon mustard (optional): Mustard or dijon mustard is optional but adds a nice depth of flavor to the coleslaw dressing. If you choose to use mustard, you can use any type of mustard you prefer.
- Whisk: A whisk is an essential tool for mixing the dressing ingredients together. It helps to ensure that the dressing is well combined and creamy.
- Jar or bowl: A jar or bowl is needed to mix the ingredients together. A jar with a lid is ideal if you want to store the dressing in the fridge for later use.
- Measuring cups and spoons: Accurately measuring out the ingredients is important to ensure that the dressing turns out just right.
How To Make This Vegan Coleslaw Dressing Recipe
In a medium jar or bowl, whisk together the vegan mayo, vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and mustard until smooth and creamy.
Start by adding the 3/4 cup of vegan mayo to a jar or bowl. Then, add in the 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, a few grinds of fresh black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of mustard (if using).
Use a whisk or fork to mix everything together until it’s well combined and creamy. You want to make sure that the dressing is smooth and that there are no lumps.
Once the dressing is ready, you can serve it on your favorite slaw mixture.
Use about 8 cups of your favorite coleslaw vegetables, such as shredded cabbage, carrots, and onions.
Add the dressing to the vegetables and toss everything together until the vegetables are coated in the dressing.
You can adjust the amount of dressing you use based on your personal preference. Some people like a lot of dressing, while others prefer just a little bit.
Tips & Tricks For This Vegan Coleslaw Dressing
- Use high-quality ingredients: Since the recipe only requires a few ingredients, it’s important to use high-quality options. Choose a vegan mayo that you enjoy the taste of and use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
- Adjust the seasoning to your taste: Taste the dressing as you go and adjust the seasoning as needed. If you prefer a tangier dressing, add more vinegar. If you like it sweeter, add more maple syrup.
- Chill the dressing before serving: Allowing the dressing to chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving allows the flavors to meld together and creates a creamier texture.
FAQ: Vegan Coleslaw Dressing
Traditional coleslaw is made with shredded cabbage and carrots, but you can also add in other vegetables like bell peppers, celery, or red onions for added flavor and texture. For a vegan coleslaw, you can also add in some sliced avocado or a sprinkle of hemp seeds for added protein and healthy fats.
Up to 1 week in an airtight container.
No more than 20 minutes before serving. Add the dressing in small amounts, mix well and taste it to make sure you haven’t overdressed it. If you have guests, it’s always better to have salad lightly dressed, and leave the rest of the dressing out for those who like more. Follow these tips above to avoid a soggy coleslaw salad!
Creamy Vegan Coleslaw Dressing
- ¾ cup vegan mayo
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste
- 1 tbsp mustard or dijon mustard (optional)
- In a medium jar or bowl, whisk together the vegan mayo, vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, pepper and mustard until smooth and creamy.
- Serve on about 8 cups of your favourite slaw mixture, and enjoy!
The Creamy Vegan Coleslaw Dressing Recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking to add a tangy and creamy twist to their salads. This homemade dressing is not only vegan, but it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a great option for anyone with dietary restrictions. With its simple and easy-to-find ingredients, you can whip up this dressing in just a few minutes and elevate any salad or side dish. It’s the perfect addition to our Easy Vegan Broccoli Summer Salad Recipe, but it also pairs well with coleslaw, broccoli slaw, kale salad, and more. Say goodbye to store-bought dressings and give this recipe a try for a healthier and more flavorful option.