Carrot, Cabbage and Walnut Coleslaw Recipe

This vegan coleslaw recipe uses sesame tahini dressing for an unusual take on a traditional recipe.

From "Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet"
July/August 2016

  • Carrot Cabbage and Walnut Coleslaw Recipe
    This different approach to coleslaw is colorful, crunchy and full of bright, lemony flavor.
    Photo by David Kaplan
  • Carrot Cabbage and Walnut Coleslaw Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Crisp, lemony and inviting, this unusual take on coleslaw adds color and crunch to any meal. 


For salad:

• 2 cups lightly packed, thinly sliced Romaine lettuce
• 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
• 2 medium carrots, grated
• 1 small sweet onion, diced

For dressing:

• 1-1/2 medium lemons
• 2 tablespoons tahini, plus more as needed
• 2 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• Sea salt, to taste
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Put salad ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine.

2. To make dressing, put juice of 1 lemon, tahini, water, garlic powder and cayenne in a blender and process until smooth, adding more tahini or water as needed to achieve desired consistency.

3. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut remaining lemon half into 4 wedges. Divide salad into 4 bowls and garnish each with a lemon wedge. Makes 4 servings.

Find more vegan recipes in 4 Plant-Based Meals for Vegan Eating.