In the Cabbage Patch: Coleslaw with Orange Vinegar Dressing

Posted by: on Jul 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

Lately my CSA has been giving me an awful lot of cabbage. I don’t eat tons of cabbage usually. I like it. It’s just not a normal part of my diet. So, I had to get creative. Now, when I think cabbage, the first food that comes to mind is coleslaw. BUT I absolutely abhor mayonnaise. Actually, I think mayonnaise may be the worst food item ever. In fact, someone recently posted a list of hilarious and socially awkward things to do on Facebook. Among this list was the following: take a restaurant size jar of mayonnaise, fill it with vanilla pudding, and then go to a public place and eat out of it with a spoon. This is a sure way to freak me out. Anyway, I gravitate towards vinegar bases.

I searched around for various Asian style coleslaw recipes. But I couldn’t find one that really spoke to me. I noticed a few typical ingredients in the dressings and took a stab at making one from scratch. I failed epically. Then, I remembered my husband’s step mom had a coleslaw recipe with an orange dressing. I looked it up in the family cookbook. But once again I didn’t have all the ingredients. So, I improvised a little (leaving out the oil, adding sriracha, and using the vegetables I had on hand) and came up with the following.


2 carrots julienned

1 head of cabbage (I used savoy)

1 cucumber seeded and sliced in half moons

Handful of cilantro chopped

Onion sliced thinly

1/3 cup orange juice concentrate thawed

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1 tsp. sriracha (I made this for a large group. So, I kept the sriracha on the light side. If it were just for me and mine, I would have added more for an extra kick! Don’t hold back if you like a little spice in your life.)

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop all the vegetables and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the OJ, rice vinegar, sriracha, and salt and pepper together.
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss.
  4. Serve!

This makes a great side. It’s perfect for cookouts. In fact, we took it to one last week and then had it at our own cookout this past weekend. We also found it was delicious on top of veggie burgers, in raw vegan tacos, and in wraps with humus and other veggies.


  1. Mom
    July 3, 2012

    so glad you enjoyed! What is sriracha?

  2. Hali
    July 3, 2012

    Sriracha is a chili sauce. It’s an excellent condiment. We use it in everything.


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