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Red Slaw | Oil-Free

I live in the Carolinas where coleslaw is a staple. This red slaw is not our traditional creamy mayo coleslaw, but a sweet and tangy variation that goes great with anything, especially barbecue dishes.

red slaw in blue bowl on wood table

One thing I love about slaw is that it requires absolutely no cooking. Simply combine veggies in a bowl.

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We love this red slaw because it’s…

  • Tangy
  • Crunchy
  • Packed with wholesome ingredients
  • Cooking-free
  • Oil-free
  • Perfect with sandwiches and BBQ
  • Simply delicious

I even like to buy the pre-shredded cabbage that often includes green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. It is a huge time-saving product and contains nothing except the raw vegetables listed.

slaw chopped up on wooden cutting board with red onion

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

Ingredients in raw slaw

  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • onions
  • ketchup
  • vinegar
  • sweetener
  • paprika
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • salt & pepper
overhead photo of slaw in two white bowls

Buying the pre-shredded cabbage or slaw in a bag makes this recipe a breeze to pull together, especially great on hot summer days when the Carolina sun is beating down and the humidity is high. On those kinds of days heating up the oven makes the house feel like a furnace.

How to make red slaw

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

In a large mixing bowl, add slaw (or cabbage) and diced onion.

In a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, vinegar, sweetener, kosher salt, paprika, pepper, and hot sauce (if using).

ketchup and spices in bowl with whisk

Store-bought ketchup is loaded with sugar, so try my very easy to make homemade ketchup that only takes about 10-minutes to make.

Pour the wet mixture into the large bowl of cabbage and onion.

Mix thoroughly and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour or more. Serve chilled.

*Originally published November 2015.

slaw in white and blue bowls

This delicious cabbage slaw goes particularly well with vegan bbq. Check out some of my great BBQ Recipes.

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Red Slaw | Oil-Free

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I live in North Carolina where cole slaw is a staple. This recipe is not our traditional creamy cole slaw, but boast a sweet and sour vinegary flavor with a punch of heat.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add slaw (or cabbage) and onion.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, vinegar, sweetener, kosher salt, paprika, pepper, and hot sauce (if using).
  3. Pour wet mixture into the large bowl of cabbage and onion.
  4. Mix thoroughly and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour or more. Serve chilled.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: .2gCarbohydrates: 17.3gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 13.5gProtein: 1.4g

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