Caesar Coleslaw

by | Feb 26, 2023 | Spring

There’s no rule that lettuce must be used in a Caesar salad. Why not substitute cabbage with anything else? Cabbage is a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and its distinctive crunch makes it a welcome addition to any dish. It’s a nutritious alternative to lettuce, and it’ll save you money. 

This is my go-to dish to bring to every family special occasion. They call me the vegetable pusher because I am always advocating eating the rainbow through a plant-based diet. This fast and easy salad is always an intergenerational hit with nothing left in the bowl. 

To that end, let’s get right down to making a Caesar salad with a twist! With this Caesar salad, you’ll be asking, “Who needs Brussels sprouts?” as you crunch into the crunchy cabbage, relish the flavorful croutons, and drizzle on the luscious Caesar dressing.

No fear, however; we won’t be adding any raw egg yolks or anchovies to this salad. We’ll keep things breezy and light by using a lighter dressing on the traditional Caesar salad. I’m telling you, even the great Julius Caesar would have loved it.

If we go to work cutting and mixing, we can make a Caesar salad that is everything but standard. We must admit that there are occasions when lettuce is superfluous.

Like most coleslaw meals, Caesar coleslaw is a nutritional side dish that has a number of benefits. Good source of fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals, low in calories, Contains healthy fats, versatile and easy to make

Health Benefits:

  • Provides Essential Nutrients: Caesar coleslaw contains fresh cabbage and carrots, which are rich in essential nutrients. Cabbage is a source of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants, while carrots are a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. These nutrients can help support healthy digestion, immune system function, and health.
  • Low in Calories: Caesar coleslaw is usually low in calories, making it a great addition to a balanced and healthy diet. High fiber and water content, can also help you feel fuller for longer.
  • Helps Control Blood Pressure: Cabbage and carrots are both rich in potassium, which is a mineral that can help regulate blood pressure. A diet high in potassium shown to reduce the risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Supports Digestive Health: The high fiber content in coleslaw can promote healthy digestion and help prevent constipation. The probiotics found in fermented coleslaw varieties can also support the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which can have positive effects on health.
  • May Reduce Inflammation: Some of the ingredients such as cabbage and olive oil contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Ingredient Substitutes:

  • Fresh lemon juice can be substituted for other citrus juices like lime or orange. Or it can be a vinegar like white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar. 
  • Anchovy fillet can be replaced with fish sauce, which has a similar umami and salty flavor. Miso paste, soy sauce, capers, and Worcestershire sauce can also be a substitute.
  • Any hard, salty cheese, like Pecorino Romano or Asiago, can be used in place of parmesan.
  • You can add a teaspoon of mustard and Worcester Sauce to fit more zest and umami. 
Caesar Coleslaw

Caesar Coleslaw

Nadine Nelson
Servings 8 persons


For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 9 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

For the Salad

  • 2 1/4 pound head of savoy cabbage halved, cored, very thinly sliced (about 16 cups) 
  • 16 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced


  • Place in a big, shallow bowl and serve! Whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, anchovy fillet, and garlic in a small bowl to blend. 
  • Season dressing with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place cabbage and green onions in a large bowl.
  • Add dressing and toss to coat.(Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  • Put the cheese and mix into coleslaw


Storage Instructions: 
  • Once you’ve made the Caesar slaw, you should put it in the fridge as soon as possible. A maximum of two hours should be allowed for the coleslaw to sit at room temperature.
  • Transfer to an airtight container with a lid and store: Make sure that the coleslaw is completely covered in the dressing before transferring it to an airtight container with a lid. This will keep the flavors well distributed and avoid the coleslaw from drying out.