Tangy Carolina Coleslaw Recipe with Apple Cider Vinegar (No Mayo!)

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You can still enjoy a delicious ol’ slaw, even if you don’t eat mayo, with this inspired Carolina Coleslaw Recipe. A coleslaw that originated in the south and has no mayonnaise in the recipe yet still tastes great with burgers and chicken dishes. Ready to enjoy in 20 minutes just add the following to your grocery list – cabbage, onion, carrots, kale, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

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Carolina Coleslaw Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Unlike its creamy counterparts, this southern coleslaw recipe does not contain mayonnaise.

While this version is wonderful with Carolina-style BBQ, it is also delicious with grilled burgers, chicken wings, and other picnic or potluck favorites.

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • Tough kale leaves can be tenderized by rubbing the leaves with a little olive oil before slicing.
  • Storing Leftovers: Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
  • Freezing: Not suitable.

How Do I Make Carolina Coleslaw?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Carolina Coleslaw Recipe

Carolina Coleslaw

Michelle Ordever
You can still enjoy a delicious ol’ slaw, even if you don’t eat mayo, with this inspired Carolina Coleslaw Recipe.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6
Calories 197 kcal


  • 1 head white/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 apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp celery seeds


  • Add the cabbage, red onion, white onion, carrots, and kale to a large bowl and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Toss to combine and set aside.
  • Add the vinegar and sugar to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir the mixture for 1-2 minutes until the sugar thoroughly dissolves. Remove from heat and whisk in the oil, Dijon mustard, and celery seeds. While still warm, pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine thoroughly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Enjoy!

    Carolina Coleslaw Recipe


  • *Tough kale leaves can be tenderized by rubbing the leaves with a little olive oil before slicing.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 176mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 26g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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