Pink Cole Slaw (Obsessed!)

Am I allowed to be obsessed with cole slaw? I hope so. You fellow cole slow lovers out there will agree with me! There is something so lovely about a zesty, creamy, crunchy, sweet-peppery cole slaw. You can add it to vegan hot dogs, veggie burgers, sandwiches, pitas. Use it as a side salad or salad topper. Or eat a giant bowl of this stuff as the main salad for your meal.

I made this Pink Cole Slaw a few days ago and have been re-making it again and again (and again today!) because it is so easy, yummy and versatile. Cole slaw is a flavor-enhancer for so many meals. And a great way to get excited about veggies and salads! Plus, it is just so darn refreshing. Get the recipe!..

simple ingredients..

The funny part is that the photos don't look very "creamy," but the taste is perfectly creamy! The dressing creates a light creamy dressing that is very zesty from the cider vinegar and even the red onion after marinating in the fridge a bit..

I have been on a vegan hot dog kick the past week. I will blame it on this end-of-summer feeling. With my vegan hot dogs, I add spicy mustard and loads of toppings like this cole slaw. Lots of it! Fully loaded. I also love relish, sauerkraut, chopped onions, diced tomatoes and more. But the cool thing about this slaw is it can act as the one and only topping because it is spicy and sweet and adds lovely oomph and texture. The red onion and black pepper adds bite.

Watch me whip it up..

Fave vegan hot dog brands? These are my top three picks..

- Tofurkey Beer Brats. (Probably our overall fave)
- LightLife Jumbo Smart Dogs
- Field Roast Frankfurters

You could also go really simple and experiment with the "carrot hot dogs" trend. I tried this once and loved it, but not my everyday pick for a vegan hot dog.

Beets. Beets give this slaw the pretty pink color! For the beets, I first used a store-bought, shredded, BBQ flavor-infused beet by the "Love Beets" brand. But then I tested this recipe with basic raw shredded beets and it works well too. (If you add basic raw shredded/grated beets, I would add in a splash of maple syrup for a bite of sweetness - because the Love Beets brand version have some added sweetness built in.)

Ranch. Instead of using basic "vegan mayo" for this slaw, I added vegan ranch dressing. It coats things a bit better since it isn't as thick, and adds more complex flavor with just one ingredient. You can use a store-bought vegan ranch dressing brand or make my DIY Vegan Ranch Dressing. If using store-bought, I love the Follow Your Heart brand or the Just Ranch. brand.

Cabbage. For the cabbage, the trick is to use very finely shredded cabbage. This will make your slaw tender. You can do this with your own knife or kitchen tools or you can look for a "cole slaw" cabbage pre-washed and shredded. I have tried this slaw with both options with success.

Some yummy add-ins would be chopped apples or raisins or even some walnuts, hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Hope you are just as obsessed as me after trying this slaw!..

Pink Cole Slaw

Kathy Patalsky

Published 09/03/2017

Pink Cole Slaw

This creamy, crunchy pink cole slaw is a treat! It can be served as a side salad, vegan hot dog topper or as the base of a big entree salad. Zest and peppery-sweet flavor. vegan + dairy-free.


  • 10oz finely shredded white cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp vegan ranch dressing (You can always add more if you want a creamier, richer cole slaw)
  • 1 tsp apple cider (or red wine) vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded beets (raw or cooked)
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup - optional
  • optional add-ins: 1 small apple, chopped - 1/4 cup sauerkraut - 2-3 Tbsp raisins


  1. Add all cole slaw ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss well until the cabbage turns pink and all ingredients soften from the liquids.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge at least 20 minutes, overnight is preferable for optimal flavor.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 10 mins.

Tags: cole slaw,cabbage,salad,vegan,dairy-free,side

Want more cole slaw recipes? Check out my 6 summer slaws round-up!
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