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Creamy Coleslaw (Dairy-free)

Posted Apr 08 2013 8:00am

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself craving lighter, picnic-style meals.

SONY DSC Like this authentic, creamy coleslaw.

Rather than using mayonnaise as a base, this dressing gets its creaminess from raw cashews, which promote heart health. Cashews are a great source of magnesium, which is essential for calcium absorption, known to improve bone health and keep our nervous system running smoothly. Insufficient magnesium in the body can lead to high blood pressure, migraines, muscle soreness and fatigue, so this salad is a delicious way to help boost your intake!

What I love about shredded cabbage salads, is the fact that they are perfect for packed lunches and meals on the go. The cabbage is sturdy enough to remain crunchy, even when marinated in dressing overnight. In fact, this salad is best when marinated for a few hours, to allow the flavors to develop. Feel free to add any toppings you like, such as a handful of raisins and crunchy pecans.

makes 1 cup of dressing

Inspired by this recipe


1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender , and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Adjust the flavor to taste, if needed.

To assemble the coleslaw, toss the dressing over a mixture of shredded coleslaw, carrots and any other shredded vegetables you like (such as raw beets or broccoli stems). Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

You may not need all of the dressing for one batch, so leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.


5.0 from 3 reviews

Creamy Coleslaw Dressing (Dairy-free)
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Serves: 1 cup

A creamy, dairy-free coleslaw, perfect for packed lunches and picnics.
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt




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