Try this vinegar-based coleslaw featuring a touch of apple juice for sweetness, plenty of carrots, and a lovely German twist: caraway seeds! This ultra-healthy coleslaw will become your favourite, offering a refreshing alternative without all the mayo.

Vinegar-based coleslaw is the first salad I’ve ever loved, and it’s so healthy when no mayonnaise is used… As a child, back in Canada, I used to go to this popular roasting chicken place called Rotisserie St-Hubert. When ordering, they always ask you,” coleslaw creamy or traditional?” I always took the “traditional one,” which I tried to imitate in this Coleslaw with Caraway Seeds recipe with some hidden German magical touch of caraway seeds.

Coleslaw with Caraway Seeds

A German’s Secret Ingredient

Then, I met my husband, a guy from Germany. Also, it is a place where they do spectacular coleslaws or “krautsalat,” as they call it. They make a few variations, for example, sometimes adding caraway seeds, chives or bacon bits. I didn’t know caraway seeds until I tasted this “kraut salad” from Bavaria. It’s delicious! It gives the salad a whole new dimension. It’s funny that such a tiny seed can make a huge difference. Although optional, I highly recommend adding some caraway seeds to your coleslaw. I guarantee… you’ll slay that party! Everyone will ask you for the secret ingredient.

Magical Caraway Seed

caraway seeds

Caraway seeds have been used for ages to help with digestive system issues! It does magic for inflammation; some even say it helps lose weight! So it makes sense it’s used with cabbage, which can be difficult to digest for some. I leave you this link if you want to know more about the health benefits of this tasty seed. Oh, and don’t get confused; the celery and cumin seeds look similar to the caraway ones.

Storage

coleslaw

Another plus of this Coleslaw with Caraway Seeds is its longevity! Being marinated in acid (vinegar), this salad gets tastier with time, and you can easily keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Variations of Coleslaw

Plenty of variations worldwide, some with bacon bits, parsley, and even pineapple. This version of coleslaw is a hybrid “Bavarian-Canadian” style. Nowadays, you can find a coleslaw for any occasion! I leave the link to a 15-recipe collection of Coleslaw recipes, which is spectacular; some use broccoli stems, others avocados, or many types of cabbage.

Other Coleslaw Recipes

Let’s get that mandoline ready!

Coleslaw with caraway seeds

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 portions
Calories 166
A vinegar based coleslaw with caraway seeds and a tad of apple juice to sweeten things up, loads of carrots and a secret ingredient the Germans use; caraway seeds! It's gonna become your favorite coleslaw, plus ultra healthy without all that mayo.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cabbage (cut into 2mm slices (mandoline))
  • 2 carrots (shredded (cheese grater))
  • 1 onion (cut into 2mm slices (mandoline))
  • 250 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 150 ml apple juice
  • 50 ml sunflower oil (olive oil)
  • 50 ml honey (or maple sirup)
  • 2 tbsp caraway seeds
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Cut the cabbage into thin slices with the mandoline or food processor and the carrot and apple with the large hole grater.
  • Mix the vinegar, apple juice, oil, and honey in a bowl, add the dressing to the veggies.
  • Add the caraway seeds, salt (be generous) and pepper.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and leave in the fridge for a few hours (2 hours min.), mix it mid-time.

Notes

Served with roasted chicken, burgers, pork ribs, sausages, and even lobster.
It can be conserved in the fridge for up to five days.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 166kcal
Course: Aperitivo, Ensalada
Cuisine: german
Keyword: caraway seeds, carrots, coleslaw, germany, salad

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3479IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Coleslaw with caraway seeds
Amount per Serving
Calories
166
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Sodium
 
32
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
311
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
3479
IU
70
%
Vitamin C
 
31
mg
38
%
Calcium
 
61
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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