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Coleslaw - Creamy Maple Poppy Vinaigrette

Coleslaw: Creamy Maple and Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Coleslaw: a classic revisited with delicacy and sophistication. Discover how to transform a humble side dish into the star of your table with creative and tasty touches.

A Little Journey Through Time

Coleslaw, or coleslaw, has its roots in ancient times, where cabbage was seasoned with vinegar. It was in the 18th century, in the Netherlands, that the term "koolsla" was born, kool meaning cabbage and sla, salad. Over time, this simple preparation was enriched with various ingredients, traveling to the United States where it adopted its name and its current form. Today, it reinvents itself in our kitchens, proving its ability to transform and adapt to modern trends and palates.

Variations on the same theme

Although traditionally served as an accompaniment to dishes such as grilled meats and sandwiches, coleslaw has earned its reputation, being able to easily constitute a complete meal. The variations are endless, allowing everyone to adapt the recipe to their tastes. By adding proteins like grilled chicken, tofu, or legumes, and dried fruits or nuts for crunch, coleslaw transforms into a nourishing and balanced dish.

Cabbage Salad Reinvented

For this recipe, we chose to combine the crunch and freshness of the cabbage with a creamy maple and poppyseed vinaigrette, bringing sweetness and character. The use of several varieties of cabbage, walnuts or pecans, and the possibility of opting for vegan mayonnaise make this salad as inclusive as it is delicious. A crunchy apple adds a sweet and tangy touch, perfect for balancing flavors.

Side dish or Main Course?

Traditionally served alongside dishes such as barbecue, pulled pork or hamburgers, this coleslaw doesn't have to be limited to a role as a filler. Enriched with protein and garnished with nuts, it is enough on its own for a light lunch or dinner. It's also perfect for picnics and barbecues, bringing freshness and contrast to rich, grilled dishes.

This coleslaw recipe, with its creamy maple-poppyseed vinaigrette, is a celebration of simplicity transformed into sophistication. This is the opportunity to rediscover a classic and let it shine in a new light on your table.

🔍 Information Details
⏱️ Preparation time 20 minutes
🍳 Rest time 30 minutes
⏲️ Total time 50 minutes
🔧 Difficulty level Easy
🍽️ Servings 6 persons
🔥 Calories (approximate) 300 per serving

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Maple-Poppy Vinaigrette: A Gourmet Vegetable Feast

Coleslaw is no longer just a side dish with this recipe rich in texture and flavor, perfect as a main dish for those looking to impress. Combining the crunch of the various cabbages and nuts with the sweetness of the apple and the richness of the creamy maple vinaigrette, this dish is a true ballet of flavors. Here is the full recipe:


For the salad:
  • 1/2 green cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 kale, stems removed and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 apple (Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith), cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup red onion or French shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
For the creamy maple vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup regular or vegan mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


This coleslaw transforms simple ingredients into an elegant and satisfying main dish. Whether you're looking to impress your guests or treat yourself to a healthy and delicious meal, this recipe promises balanced flavors and a restaurant-worthy presentation.

Q&A for Coleslaw Recipe with Creamy Maple-Poppyseed Dressing

Q: What types of cabbage can I use for this salad?
A: You can use a combination of green cabbage, red cabbage, and kale for a variety of textures and colors. This will make your salad visually appealing while providing a blend of flavors.

Q: Can I replace the green apple with another variety of apple?
A: Yes, apple varieties like Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith are all great options. Each type will bring a different nuance of taste to your salad.

Q: Is it possible to use vegan mayonnaise for the dressing?
A: Absolutely, you can replace traditional mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise without problem. This will keep the dressing creamy while making it suitable for a vegan diet.

Q: How long before serving should I prepare coleslaw?
A: Ideally, let the salad rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. For even more developed flavors, you can prepare it several hours in advance, or even the day before.

Q: Can I add protein ingredients to make this a main dish?
A: Yes, to turn this salad into a complete meal, add proteins of your choice like grilled chicken, tofu, or legumes. Walnuts or pecans can also enrich the salad with protein and texture.

Q: Can French shallot be used instead of red onion?
A: Absolutely, French shallot is a great substitution for red onion. It brings a softer and more refined flavor to the salad.

Q: How do I store leftover coleslaw?
A: Store leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Although the salad is best when fresh, it can be stored for 1 to 2 days. Keep in mind that the texture of the cabbage may soften slightly over time.

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