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Smokehowze’s No Mayonnaise Coleslaw


This recipe was inspired by the coleslaw served by the Catfish Parlour in Austin, Texas.  When I got home from the business trip I decided to replicate it for the family.  It is probably not the same but I will say and the family concurs it is an excellent coleslaw result in this recipe. It has a light and fresh character and a nice flavor profile where the vinegar complements the fresh ingredients.


1 medium sized green cabbage, shredded (Edit -  hand cut or mandoline preferred)
1 large onion, fine chopped (hand chop onion as food processor will release a bitterness)
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped (green pepper OK also)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other vegetable oil but not olive oil)

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

White vinegar (see below on amount)
Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon
Pepper to taste about ½ teaspoon
Sugar to taste, 1 teaspoon or so
4 cloves garlic, minced and then mashed with fork tines with small amount of salt as grinding agent
Handful of chopped parsley (adjust flavor of parsley in the slaw to taste – it is good with a large amount)




Add cabbage, onion, bell pepper, parsley in large bowl and mix well.

Separately, mix together the garlic mash, red wine vinegar, oil, pepper, salt and sugar. 

Initially add a tablespoon or so of white vinegar to taste to round out flavor profile.

Also add a couple of tablespoons of water.

Pour dressing over slaw
Fold together to mix well.
Adjust sugar and fine tune white vinegar to taste.

Adjust salt and pepper to taste.


Depending on the amount of cabbage a double batch of the dressing may be required. 


Optional:  a small amount of finely chopped fresh cilantro can additionally be incorporated for a different flavor profile.  Preferably, serve the chopped cilantro separately to add to individual portions. A little cilantro goes a long long way in this dish and can overpower the slaw.



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Nice recipe Smokehowze. For those of us looking for a non mayo recipe here is one my family has enjoyed for years. I adapted this from one I found from Cook's Country.

Apple Slaw

1 head of green cabbage

1 or 2 Green Apples

1 or 2 Green Onions

Shred the cabbage as usual. Core and then julienne the apples. My family likes the skin off but you can leave it on. Slice up the onions. Mix the cabbage, apples, and onions in a bowl.


1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/8 cup salad oil

Dijon mustard to taste

Crushed red pepper to taste

Mix dressing ingredients in pan over high heat and bring to a boil. If you have a cold take in a good whiff and your nasal passages will clear right up.

Pour the dressing (yes the hot dressing) over the slaw mixture. Toss to incorporate well and put in the fridge for an hour or two. The slaw does not get soggy and it has a great tangy flavor. It is a nice alternative to the mayo based slaws.

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