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Dairy Free Coleslaw

This dairy free coleslaw is creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. This is my mother’s recipe that I grew up on, and it is a great side salad for anything from cookouts to fried chicken.

dairy free coleslaw in a white bowl on a white marble counter

I’ve seen recipes for coleslaw that include mustard and vinegar. In my family, we keep it simple by just adding mayo and sugar.

This is my mom’s recipe and the one that I grew up on, so in my opinion, nothing beats it.

This dairy free coleslaw is a great side salad for anything from grilled chicken to dairy free fried chicken.

Is coleslaw dairy?

Usually not. Some people think it is since it contains mayonnaise, and a lot of people think mayonnaise is dairy because it contains egg.

However, eggs are actually not dairy at all.

Dairy is defined as milk from a cow or other domestic animals (such as sheep or goats) or a milk product such as ice cream, cheese, butter, ghee, or yogurt.

So, if something contains milk or a product made from milk, it is dairy.

Therefore, as long as the mayonnaise does not contain dairy in it, it is dairy free.

What’s the difference between coleslaw and cabbage salad?

The main difference is that while coleslaw traditionally uses mayonnaise, cabbage salad may use a variety of dressings.

Yield: 10 servings

Dairy Free Coleslaw

dairy free coleslaw in a white bowl on a white marble counter

This dairy free coleslaw is the one I grew up on. It is creamy and sweet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 medium cabbage (about 2 pounds), outer leaves removed and shredded
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Place the shredded cabbage and carrots in a very large bowl.
  2. Add mayonnaise and sugar. Toss to mix.
  3. Eat right away or let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour for the cabbage to soften.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

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