I always associated cabbage with stink, grease and mush. Growing up, I hated it. Read that saga HERE.

If we were visiting someone for lunch or dinner, I would always ask my mom: “Are they going to cook cabbage?”. I dreaded that idea even more than being asked to sing in front of a roomful of weird strangers.

Then I met coleslaw. I like the idea of raw cabbage. No stench, no grease, lots of texture. That’s how cabbage is supposed to be eaten, I think. When you cook it and it starts getting all smelly and wilted, it’s saying: “Don’t do this to me.”

Both of us really don’t like mayo. The vegan ‘mayonnaise’ here is inspired by Susan’s Lite Goddess Dressing. We added a Thai touch with lemongrass and galangal.

Vegan ‘Mayo’ Dressing

inspired by Susan’s Lite Goddess Dressing.

Blend together until smooth
1 pack (12.3 ounces) lite silken tofu
2 tbsps tahini
**or 2 tbsps white sesame seeds plus 2 tsps vegetable oil or light sesame oil
10 drops dark sesame oil
2 tbsps lime juice
2 tsps chopped galangal (or ginger)
2 tsps chopped garlic
2 tsps chopped lemongrass
2 tbsps tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
1 green serrano chilli (optional)
2 tbsps chopped spring onion whites

Taste for salt and sourness. Adjust seasoning. If you need more liquid, use a dash of oil or water.

Minty Coleslaw with Vegan ‘Mayo’ Dressing

4 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup chopped apple
3 tbsps torn mint leaves or herb of choice (we used applemint)
3 tbsps spring onion greens
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup toasted and slivered almonds

Toss everything together. Serve with dressing.

Coleslaw being such a popular picnic item, this is our entry for Heart of the Matter: Picnics, hosted by Joanna @ Joanna’s Food.

Each month, Zu @ Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen hosts Tried & Tasted – an event highlighting a food blog and encouraging participants to feature recipes from that site. Jugalbandi is honoured to be chosen as the featured blog for August. Thank you, dear Zu. Event details HERE.

Edited on May 12, 2009 to add: This is our entry for Tried and Tested: Fatfree Vegan Kitchen @ Holy Cow!

- Bee

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  1. Bharti says:

    Mint in the slaw sounds delicious! And the pics are lovely as usual. BTW, just curious…do you also grow the galangal and lemongrass? I just remember you saying that you live in the middle of no where, so how do you have access to these uncommon ingredients?

    these ingredients are easily available in the thai store.

  2. Jayashree says:

    Looks very colourful and healthy.

  3. Cham says:

    Vegan mayo sounds pretty healthy, guilt free dressing! For T&T, It is going to be hard to select one :)

  4. Aparna says:

    I love cabbage and mayo, but………
    I cook cabbage such that it still retains its crispness.
    I avoid mayo because of the eggs and fat it usually contains. This version is just the thing for me.

  5. Pelicano says:

    Hmmm…kind of a Korean/Thai- and cranberries! That’ll add some zing to thwart the sweetness of apples and carrots, and colour! Festive fusion you got going on, I think I could dance to it!

    I’ve made cole slaw with hung yoghurt, etc. a few times to also avoid the use of mayo. Don’t get me wrong: I actually like mayo, but it’s too rich for casual eating IMHO, and it takes too long to read the labels of the “lite” stuff. I’ll keep this vegan version of yours in mind next time I have a hankerin’ to chow down on raw cabbage, but it’s also nice on the side of those Thai green papaya salads (sour poundings) too!

  6. zlamushka says:

    Omg, I adore this mayo. I love recreations of unheathy goodies, such as this one or your baked french fries… yum! I think I have another dish to try out here.

  7. arundathi says:

    how perfect. i hate mayo too and happy to have a substitute. thanks. you should send this in to this month’s WTSIM…

  8. Altoid says:

    I always thought I was the only one that hated mayo. I feel a bonding whenever you say neither of you two likes mayo. And this recipe is just the thing! So thanks much!

  9. OhioMom says:

    I prefer my cabbage uncooked, the food critic likes it cook .. it’s all good, I eat slaw he eats mush lol

    I will have to try this dressing, although I do like mayo :)

  10. Shreya says:

    Hi, Coleslaw is really interesting with mayo. love the pic! Cabbage and grated carrots are a fav combo at my place in a sabji form. And when raw, we squeeze lemon juice over it, add salt and pepper and eat it as a salad…

  11. I’ve got abundant mint and one lemongrass plant in my herb garden this summer, and I do love coleslaw. Will give this recipe a try.

  12. sunita says:

    We adore cabbage, and, like Aparna,do not let it wilt too much…love, love,love the mayo :-)

  13. Manggy says:

    Awesome. I like the idea of a vegan mayo– I got excited over it when I saw Alton Brown making tofu salad dressing but I forgot about it.
    Actually, I like cabbage raw or cooked– I never found it smelly or offensive. I guess I’m weird! :)

  14. enjay says:

    Ooh..this is good. I have a purple cabbage in the fridge with this recipe’s name on it. (The cabbage was originally marked for Veganomicon’s coleslaw, but I love your Asian twist.)

  15. sra says:

    We get silken mayo here, of the expiring and fraying pack kind!
    I’m always excited at the thought of coleslaw but all that chewing puts me off :(

  16. sra says:

    Silken tofu, i meant

  17. Dee says:

    Bee, I dislike mayo too .. I have a mind block when it comes to eggs and can only eat them when in desserts… This is just perfect for me. As for cabbage .. I have mixed feelings for it , maybe becos it was such a common veggie cooked at home… the only thing i make now is a koshimbir with avocados , cabbage , broccoli, red onion and sprinkle peanut powder on it… The lemon juice reduces the pungent taste and odour and Im looking forward to participate in Zu’s event . There is so much to be explored on this wonderful blog!!!

  18. Simona says:

    As a kid, I only had cabbage as salad, which saved me from bad associations. Gorgeous-looking mint and great photo of the mayo dressing.

  19. Meera says:

    I like the thai touch to the mayo. I do not like mayo either..but your recipe seems different. I’ll definitely give it a try.

  20. Shibani says:

    Me too hate cabbage and but I love coleslaw.Nice twist to the mayo. The presentation is very nice.

    Nice to know that ur blog is selected for tried and tested.

  21. Rashmi says:

    your mint plant looks lush and healthy, cooked cabbage is hard to get right, though Suganya has just posted a nice looking one.
    T&T has you guys now..YAY!!
    I am SO making this mayo..any idea how long it can keep?

  22. Nirmala says:

    Have seen silkn tofu in Reliance Fresh stores. Haven’t tried it yet. This salad sounds like a great way of eating cabbage. Amma used to make a salad with shredded cabbage and grated fresh coconut with few mint leaves and a dash of lemon juice. Tastes lovely. No need to add salt too! Give a try if u like it!

  23. Laavanya says:

    That looks like a lovely coleslaw – so pretty.

    Nice to know that Tried & Tasted this month is featuring Jugalbandi – can’t decide what to try for your blog :)

  24. I dreaded when my mom cooked cabbage. That smell would linger in the house for 2 days. That’s why coleslaw is perfect– not only is it fast and tasty, it’s odor-free. I love the addition of tangy lemongrass in your dressing.

  25. Kaykat says:

    Got to love that silken, eh? :)

    Throwing in tahini along with those asian flavours is a great idea!

  26. lakshmi says:

    this sounds so fabulous :)

    but i protest – it should not be called mayo at all – this will probably qualify as a superior substitute – i don’t like mayo at all!!

  27. Rachna says:

    what about sour cream as a mayo substitute? I usually use lite sour cream with a touch of honey if I want an eggless lite mayo in my coleslaw….

  28. Srivalli says:

    now why is that your blog is no more storing my info..every time I have to key in the details…:(((….

    anyway thats not going to stop me saying my piece of mind..hheeh…now when I hear about a small patch of garden where you can grow everything under the sun, the jugalbandits come to mind!!!..thats a lovely mint plants….

  29. Jeanne says:

    I adore coleslaw – raw cabbage is always such a treat! And how beautifully healthy your mint plant looks. Never heard of applemint but it sounds fabulous…

  30. [...] is quite like raita, but has garlic. Some versions have mint as well. I used homegrown mint from last summer’s garden that we had [...]

  31. Zlamushka says:

    hehe, I didnt know this dressing came from FFV :-) that is great…. I made it myslef, now that I recall for when T&T was targetted as you guys,..

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