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Vinegar Based Coleslaw (No Mayo Coleslaw)

This Classic Vinegar Based Coleslaw is a coleslaw recipe without mayonnaise. This vinegar coleslaw recipe uses simple ingredients. It's the perfect addition to your summer barbecues!

I think there's a lot of comfort in making and eating a long-time family recipe. I've been eating this particular vinegar based coleslaw recipe for almost 30 years, and I now serve it to my son. This is a very tangy, very sweet coleslaw with no mayo used! This type of vinegar slaw is super popular in the area I grew up in. This classic coleslaw recipe makes a great addition to your barbecue meals. I think it's the best coleslaw for pulled pork sandwiches, and it makes a delicious side dish for pulled pork!

"This is the only slaw I make now. The recipe is perfect every time. The slaw is very good on fish tacos. Thank you for a fresh side dish. Love it!"

Debra, Pinterest User
Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

Most of my family is from the rural part of central Missouri, and growing up, my weekends in the summer and fall revolved around going to various church picnics with my parents. These picnics were an excuse to socialize and drink beer, no doubt, and were the main fundraisers for the church. But they were also fun for kids. We bet on turtle races (seriously), played bingo, and got into mischief. My favorite part of these gatherings was no doubt the food! Groups of ladies and gentleman would work away for days to prepare a feast. The typical menu was fried chicken and country ham, homemade mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, tangy vinegar based coleslaw made with crunchy cabbage and desserts for days.

Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

They wouldn't use mayo in the coleslaw because these dishes would sit out in the heat for long periods of time! Makes sense, right? Another super popular dish was a cucumber, tomato and onion salad that used the same vinegar based dressing as this slaw! 

My favorite part of these gatherings was no doubt the food! Groups of ladies and gentleman would work away for days to prepare a feast.

The typical menu was fried chicken and country ham, homemade mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, tangy vinegar based coleslaw (like this one) and desserts for days.

Coleslaw without mayo was used because these dishes would sit out in the heat for long periods of time! Makes sense, right?

Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

"This was very good. I usually make mayonnaise based coleslaw, so this was a nice change. Put it on a sliced pork sandwich.👌🏼 The only changes I made were cooked on the stove to dissolve sugar. And used celery salt."

Kris, Pinterest

Even at a young age, I knew I was experiencing something special. Something that you rarely see in larger cities, a strong sense of community brought together by games, great food, and of course, simple recipes like this vinegar coleslaw without mayo!

Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

Substitutions

Like any recipe, you can make substitutions as needed. Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you do not have tangy apple cider vinegar, use white vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • Instead of vegetable oil, you can use canola oil or avocado oil
  • Add additional shredded vegetables for extra nutrition.
  • Add finely chopped green onion- it adds so much flavor!
  • Use red cabbage or mix red and green cabbage together for extra color
  • Add a teaspoon of poppy seeds
Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

Storage

I think that this delicious recipe is even better the next day! Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. This coleslaw recipe will not freeze well.

Love this vinegar based coleslaw recipe? Try my Cilantro Lime Coleslaw for a delicious and HEALTHY Mexican side dish, or my all-time favorite potluck item, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad! I think you'll also love this Cabbage, Radish and Apple Cole Slaw recipe,

Note: This recipe has a sweet and tangy dressing. If you are worried that it will be too sweet, add half of the recommended sugar, and taste.

You can always add, but you can't take away!

Vinegar Coleslaw | Vinegar Slaw Recipe for BBQ

Vinegar Based Coleslaw (No Mayo Coleslaw)

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet and tangy vinegar based cole slaw recipe, with no mayo. 

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons very finely diced white onion

For the dressing:

  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons water
  • 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅛ teaspoons celery seed
  • ⅛ teaspoon powdered mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or mason jar, add together the ingredients for the dressing; sugar, cider vinegar, water, oil, celery seed, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake until well combined.
  2. Add cabbage and onions to medium sized bowl. Pour dressing over the top and ross well to coat.
  3. Cover, and chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

NOTE: This recipe the traditional recipe handed down to me from my family. It is a SWEET and tangy dressing. If you are fearful that it will be too sweet, start with half the recommended sugar. You can always add, but it's hard to take away!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41

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Vinegar Based Coleslaw (No Mayo Coleslaw)
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Vinegar Based Coleslaw (No Mayo Coleslaw)
Vinegar Based Coleslaw (No Mayo Coleslaw)

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I need a recipe for a batch for about 70 people, could you help me with that?

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Hi Nicole, give this a try!

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