Coleslaw is one of my favorite side dishes so for variety sake, we had to come up with some dairy free coleslaw dressings. Cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable family and is excellent for colon health. If you’re a guy, colon health and specifically cruciferous vegetables play a big role in prostate health and increasing testosterone. We make our own coleslaw around our house, grating fresh red and yellow cabbage ourselves. I like to make different sorts of dairy free coleslaw dressings, some with a little kick.
I used to think that coleslaw dressings were always white and creamy because that’s how it was when my mom made it. It’s also how you’ll find the fast food variety of coleslaw, like KFC or otherwise. We like mustard and lime and spices such as cayenne, so they’re included in our dressings.
Growing up, coleslaw dressings typically included dairy and or mayonnaise, but for health and weight loss reasons, dairy should be completely avoided.
Honey Mustard Coleslaw Dressing
½ cup olive oil
½ cup Udo’s Oil
3 Tbsp organic Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp Honey or Agave (unpasteurized honey if possible)
Celtic sea salt or Real Salt brand sea salt to taste
Place all ingredients in a jar or blender. I like the magic bullet blender for this purpose. Bullet blenders are so versatile. Shake or blend until combined.
Honey Lime Coleslaw Dressing
3 Tbsp Lime Juice – fresh squeezed or bottled organic
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup – Darker syrups have more minerals
1 tsp Turmeric
½ cup Almond Milk
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp to ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or Real Salt brand sea salt
Place all ingredients in a jar or blender and shake or blend until combined. Change the amounts of almond milk and maple syrup to vary the thickness. Ie: use less almond milk, or a little more maple syrup.
This dairy free coleslaw dressing can also be used on a salad.
Rob’s Spicy Fat Burning Coleslaw Dressing
½ cup Udo’s Oil
¼ cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tbsp Honey or Agave Syrup
2 tsp Celtic sea salt or Real Salt brand sea salt
¼ tsp or more of Cayenne pepper
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
½ tsp celery seeds (optional)
If blending, mix all items into blender and blend until mixed. Then add the seeds. If using a jar, place all items into jar and shake.
Because of the healthy fats from Udo’s Oil, the cayenne pepper and black pepper and the apple cider vinegar, I call this my Fat Burning Coleslaw Dressing.
We replace cows milk with Almond Milk. You can either make your own almond milk or purchase it. Completely skip any mayo as there’s no nutritional advantage to it. Dairy free is the way to go as far as I’m concerned, in your coleslaw and in your life.
Don’t Avoid the Salt
Table salt should be thrown out and replace with sea salt. Salt should have color, not be white. The minerals in sea salt is what gives it the various colors and does the body good. Salt is not a bad thing, but has to be balanced with a larger amount of potassium (Cave man ate roughly a 10:1 potassium to sodium ratio). Dark leafy greens, apples, apple cider vinegar and other vegetables are sources of potassium. Too much salt is not necessarily the problem, but rather too little potassium. For step by step information on including more potassium in your diet, in a natural and tasty way, have a look at my Fat Loss Fundamentals – 12 weeks to better eating course.
Non nutritional oils are replaced with Udo’s Oil for it’s health and fat burning properties and any white distilled vinegar is replaced with unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Bragg brand).
Note: because of the variety of sizes of the coleslaw dressings, you’ll have to play with the amount of cabbage you use. If you like your slaw creamier and richer, use less cabbage. If you like the taste a little milder, use more cabbage. I’m sure you get the idea.
For best results, make ahead of time, stir dressings into the shredded cabbage and allow for flavors to mix for a few hours. Make lots, keep in a covered container in the fridge and have as a side for a few days.
Coming soon: Wasabi coleslaw dressing and Horseradish coleslaw dressing
Because coleslaw is an excellent way to improve colon health, and because I just like cabbage so much, I eat it on a fairly regular (no pun intended) basis and suggest you do too. These dairy free coleslaw dressings are simply one way to add variety to your meals.
One little comment though: while sea salt is delicious, table salt (iodized salt) is important to have in your diet too, especially if you’re making healthy choices all the time and making your food from scratch. Everyone needs the iodine in iodized salt, and unless you’re careful to buy the iodized sea salt, you can have troubles with your thyroid!
Just a little heads up 🙂