Cajun Coleslaw Recipe (Vegan, Healthy, Easy to Make!)

Cajun Coleslaw Recipe (Vegan, Healthy, Easy to Make!)

Look no further than this flavorful Vegan Cajun Coleslaw recipe if you are craving a healthy and refreshing twist on a classic side dish. With vibrant colors, crunchy textures, and a homemade cajun seasoning, this coleslaw is full of bold flavors and healthy veggies. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a vibrant side dish to accompany your favorite main course, this coleslaw is as versatile as it is delicious. 

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Why You'll Love this Vegan Cajun Coleslaw Recipe

This cajun coleslaw recipe:

  • has lots of flavor packed into each bite!
  • features a homemade creole seasoning, allowing you to control the salt content.
  • is perfect for your next pot luck or picnic!
  • can be made even easier buy purchasing pre-shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix).

The Ingredients in this Vegan Cajun Coleslaw Recipe provide Health Benefits

Health Benefits of the Vegetables in this Cajun Slaw

  1. Cabbage (green cabbage or red cabbage):
    • Low in calories and high in fiber, cabbage aids in digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness, which can help with weight management.
    • Rich in vitamins C and K, cabbage supports immune function and bone health.
    • Contains antioxidants like anthocyanins and sulfur compounds, which may help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
  2. Carrots:
    • Packed with beta-carotene, carrots are excellent for eye health and may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
    • High in fiber, carrots promote digestive health and regularity.
    • Carrots are rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which support immune function and skin health.
  3. Bell Peppers (red, yellow, orange or green bell pepper can be used):
    • Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C, which boosts immune function and collagen production for healthy skin.
    • They are a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for vision health and immune function.
    • Bell peppers contain antioxidants like carotenoids, which may help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
  4. Cilantro:
    • Cilantro is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants, which support overall health and immune function.
    • It contains phytonutrients like quercetin and kaempferol, which have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
    • Cilantro may help lower blood sugar levels and promote heart health.

Health Benefits of the Dressing Ingredients

  1. Vegan Mayonnaise:
    • Vegan mayonnaise is typically made from plant-based ingredients as a substitute for the eggs and oil found in traditional mayonnaise. 
    • My favorite vegan mayo is this one from the brand Celebrate Health. However, there are many great choices available at local grocery stores.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
    • Contains acetic acid, which may help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
    • Has antimicrobial properties that may help support gut health and prevent bacterial growth.
    • Some studies suggest that consuming apple cider vinegar may aid in weight loss by promoting feelings of fullness and reducing calorie intake.
  3. Dijon Mustard (yellow mustard can be substituted):
    • Mustard seeds, from which Dijon mustard is made, are rich in antioxidants like flavonoids and carotenoids, which may help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
    • Contains turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties due to its active compound, curcumin.
    • Provides a bold flavor without adding extra calories or fat, making it a healthy condiment choice.
  4. Paprika:
    • Rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, paprika may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
    • Contains capsaicin, which gives paprika its spicy flavor and may have metabolism-boosting properties.
    • Paprika is a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for vision health and immune function.
  5. Garlic Powder:
    • Garlic is known for its potent antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties, which may help prevent infections and support overall health.
    • Contains allicin, a sulfur compound that has been linked to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
    • Garlic may have anti-inflammatory effects and contribute to heart health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  6. Dried Thyme:
    • Thyme is rich in antioxidants like thymol, which has antimicrobial properties and may help fight infections.
    • Contains vitamins C and A, which support immune function and skin health.
    • Thyme may have anti-inflammatory effects and help relieve respiratory conditions like coughs and bronchitis.
  7. Dried Oregano:
    • Oregano is packed with antioxidants like rosmarinic acid and thymol, which may help reduce inflammation and protect against oxidative stress.
    • Contains compounds like carvacrol, which has antimicrobial properties and may help fight bacteria and fungi.
    • Oregano may support digestive health and relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders like bloating and indigestion.
  8. Cayenne Pepper:
    • Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has been shown to boost metabolism and increase fat burning, potentially aiding in weight loss.
    • Has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis.
    • Cayenne pepper may support heart health by improving circulation and reducing blood pressure.
Cajun Coleslaw Recipe

How to Make this Cajun Coleslaw Recipe

Let's expand on the recipe steps for the Vegan Cajun Coleslaw:

  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Begin by shredding the cabbage using a sharp knife or a food processor. (Bagged cole slaw mix can be used to save time!)
    • Next, peel and shred the carrots using a box grater or a food processor fitted with a shredding blade.
    • Chop the bell peppers into small, bite-sized pieces. 
    • Finely chop the fresh cilantro leave..
  2. Mix the Cajun Spice Blend:
    • In a smaller bowl, combine the regular paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to create a homemade Cajun seasoning blend. Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper according to your desired level of spiciness.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, add the shredded cabbage, carrots, chopped bell peppers, and cilantro.
    • Mix mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard into the veggies.
    • Sprinkle the homemade Cajun seasoning blend over the vegetables and dressing ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate the coleslaw for at least one hour before serving. Chilling allows the flavors to meld together and develop, enhancing the overall taste of the coleslaw.

Serving Suggestions for this Cajun Coleslaw Recipe

Here are a few serving suggestions to enjoy this Vegan Cajun Coleslaw:

  1. BBQ or Grilled Foods:
    • Serve the coleslaw as a side dish alongside barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, tofu skewers, or veggie burgers. Try my Low Carb Vegan Burger!
  2. Tacos or Wraps:
    • Use the coleslaw as a filling for tacos or wraps. Simply spoon the coleslaw into warmed tortillas, along with your choice of protein such as black beans, grilled tempeh, or roasted vegetables. Top with avocado slices, salsa, and a drizzle of hot sauce for a delicious and satisfying meal.
  3. Sandwiches or Burgers:
    • Add a generous scoop of the coleslaw to sandwiches or burgers for extra crunch and flavor. Layer it on top of grilled portobello mushrooms, crispy tofu, or vegan pulled jackfruit for a tasty plant-based sandwich or burger option.
  4. Fish Tacos:
    • Serve the coleslaw as a topping for fish tacos. Prepare crispy fish fillets or grilled fish, then assemble each fish taco with the coleslaw, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. The creamy coleslaw will provide a delicious contrast to the crispy fish and brighten up the flavors of the tacos.
  5. Fish Po' Boy:
    • Serving the Vegan Cajun Coleslaw with a classic dish like Fish Po' Boys would be a fantastic combination.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Creamy Creole Coleslaw

Can I adjust the spiciness of the coleslaw?

Absolutely! The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to your personal preference. If you prefer a milder coleslaw, simply reduce the amount of cayenne pepper in the Cajun seasoning blend. Conversely, if you like a little kick, you can increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add a dash of hot sauce to the dressing mixture.

How long does Vegan Cajun Coleslaw last in the refrigerator?

Vegan Cajun Coleslaw can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to refrigerate it promptly after serving and avoid leaving it out at room temperature for an extended period to prevent spoilage. Be sure to stir the coleslaw before serving any leftovers the next day to redistribute the dressing and flavors.

What are some substitutions for the apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar could be substituted with: white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Cajun Coleslaw Recipe

Cajun Coleslaw Recipe (vegan, easy, and health!)

Look no further than this enticing Vegan Cajun Coleslaw recipe if you are craving and healthy and refreshing twist on a classic side dish. With vibrant colors, crunchy textures, and a homemade cajun seasoning, this coleslaw is full of bold flavors and healthy veggies. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a vibrant side dish to accompany your favorite main course, this coleslaw is as versatile as it is delicious. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cabbage shredded, green or purple
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 2 bell peppers of any color chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 cups vegan mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon regular paprika
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Shred the cabbage and cut the rest of the vegetable and herbs.
  • Combine the spices in a small bowl to create a homemade cajun seasoning.
  • Add all of the ingredients including the spice mixture to a large bowl and combine well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one hour (or more) before serving.

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1 thought on “Cajun Coleslaw Recipe (Vegan, Healthy, Easy to Make!)”

  • 5 stars
    First time to see this recipe but it looks yummy. I would love to try it since its easy. Thank you for sharing!

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