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Colourful Christmas Slaw (20 Min, Vegan)

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Colourful Christmas Slaw. Ready in 20 mins. | #sidedish #vegan |

Ah, slaw. Much like it’s older brother, the nut roast, it’s not cool. It just isn’t. Perhaps it never will be. But that’s ok. Not everything can be cool, right?

And anyway, it’s got a lot going for it. Just look at it – imagine how hot your Christmas dinner will look with that as a side dish.

Its bright, contrasting colours – the oranges, red and greens. The beautiful mix of un-cool veg that somehow fit together perfectly.

The way the sweet mustard and the syrup compliment each other just right. How the walnuts and raisins fight for superiority without ever quite overruling the other.

Bollocks to it, I’ve just convinced myself. Slaw IS cool. Stick this one on your Christmas Day menu and you won’t regret it.

Health Benefits – Christmas Slaw

This one goes out to all you vegans. It’s not always easy to find good Christmas recipes (we know, we’ve tried!) but this one sits up there with the best.

Not only were no animals involved at any stage of the making of it, but it’s healthy (and quick!) too.

We’ve been a bit (a lot) lenient with ourselves recently (it is Christmas after all) and have drunk way too much homemade Glühwein, and probably eaten too many of these crowd-pleasing Potato Gratins.

But that’s alright, and this slaw provides a welcome boost to our vitamin A, C and B6 levels, with a myriad of benefits.

It also contains no cholesterol, so you know you’re not doing your heart any harm. And did we mention it’s vegan?

Colourful Christmas Slaw. Ready in 20 mins. | #sidedish #vegan |
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Colourful Christmas Slaw

Colourful Christmas Slaw. The perfect mix of veggies and fruits in one bowl. Ready in 20 mins. Easy to make and brightens up any Christmas table.
Course Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people as a side
Calories 212kcal


  • ¼ white cabbage head (¼ = around 200g)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 pear
  • 1 bell pepper, red
  • 1 spring onions
  • 1 good handful walnuts
  • 1 small handful raisins

For the Dressing


  • If you get a whole cabbage, cut it into quarters and grab one for the salad. Do whatever you want with the rest.
  • Grate the cabbage.*
  • Grate the pear. You can grate the whole pear as is, no un-stoning necessary. I’m serious.
  • Grate the carrot.
  • Dice up the bell pepper and chop the spring onion.
  • Throw everything into a bowl, add the walnuts and raisins.
  • Get a small bowl, add the mustard, maple syrup, olive oil and vinegar. Give it a good whisk and taste test. If you like it mix it with the salad.
  • Add some salt, pepper and perhaps a little more vinegar – adjust to your taste.
  • Congratulations, the salad is ready!


*Why not shred the cabbage with a knife? Yep, it works, but just not as well: the water inside the cabbage doesn’t get released properly and leaves (haha) the salad quite dry.
Instead, if you grate the cabbage it becomes very moist and its flavour mixes much better with the rest of the salad. Check out both versions if you don’t believe me. It’s as different as day and night.
Don’t worry, grating cabbage is easier than you think. Make it happen.
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Nutrition Facts
Colourful Christmas Slaw
Amount Per Serving (131 g)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 1.7g11%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 11.8g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2400IU48%
Vitamin C 56.1mg68%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. Hi Guys, this sounds particularly good for a summer Christmas in Oz but can I make it the day before and add the dressing on the day? Will the pear discolour? Too busy Christmas morn to do the whole thing. Look forward to your advice. Thanks.

    • Heya Sue! Good to hear from you. I think it’d be fine to do it that way. I’d definitely keep the chopped veggies and fruit in a completely airtight container, that should help against any discolouring. Maybe a few drops of lemon juice wouldn’t hurt either. Not too many, but just enough to cover the pear in particular.

      I had Christmas dinner (Hauke was there too) in a house opposite Bondi Beach in 2006! Wow, so long ago already. It was great – but it was nearly all fish. So I ate peppers, rice and garlic bread mostly :D. And lots of beer ;).

      Have a lovely Christmas!

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