Vinegar coleslaw is a tangy and refreshing side dish that pairs well with a variety of main dishes, especially grilled meats and sandwiches. Here’s a simple recipe to make vinegar coleslaw at home:


– 1 small head of green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
– 1 large carrot, grated
– 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
– 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon honey or granulated sugar
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
– 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
– Optional: chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the thinly sliced cabbage, grated carrot, and thinly sliced red onion. Toss well to combine.

2. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey or sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Alternatively, you can shake the ingredients together in a sealed jar.

3. Pour the vinegar dressing over the cabbage mixture in the large bowl. Toss well to coat the vegetables evenly with the dressing.

4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the coleslaw for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the vegetables to soften slightly.

5. Just before serving, give the coleslaw a final toss to redistribute the dressing.

6. Garnish the vinegar coleslaw with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, if desired.

7. Serve the vinegar coleslaw chilled as a side dish or topping for sandwiches, burgers, tacos, or grilled meats.

8. Enjoy the tangy and refreshing flavor of this homemade vinegar coleslaw!

This vinegar coleslaw recipe is quick and easy to make, with a bright and tangy flavor that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. It’s a lighter and healthier alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based coleslaw, making it perfect for picnics, barbecues, or any meal where you want a refreshing side dish. Adjust the sweetness and acidity of the dressing to suit your taste preferences, and feel free to add additional ingredients like chopped bell peppers or green onions for extra flavor and crunch.


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