Coleslaw with Maple Syrup

This coleslaw with maple syrup has a touch of maple syrup that infuses it with a unique, unexpected sweetness. Try it with pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, barbecue. Trust us.

Small white ramekin filled with coleslaw with maple syrup

This is not the coleslaw of your childhood. This contains the classic cabbage but that’s where its similarity to most coleslaw ends. It’s infused with a unique, unexpected, subtle sweetness from maple syrup. And that’s not a bad thing at all. The rest of the ingredients—including the welcome acidity of rice vinegar and the understated yet distinct brashness of parsley—are a departure from the norm. In the best possible way. And it works just as magnificently with pulled pork sandwiches, smoked ribs, grilled chicken, burgers, and ‘cue as any traditional slaw. Originally published June 28, 2010.Renee Schettler Rossi

*Customized Coleslaw Note

If you’d rather not rely on a bag of packaged slaw mix, simply shred several cups of cabbage and a cup or so of carrots. For added intrigue, julienne a Granny Smith or chop some raw snow peas into matchsticks and toss them into the mix.

Coleslaw with Maple Syrup

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  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
5/5 - 3 reviews
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In a serving bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, maple syrup, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste until well combined.

Add the coleslaw mix and toss evenly until everything is coated.

Cover and refrigerate the coleslaw for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day to let the flavors meld.

Toss the coleslaw well before before serving. If desired, sprinkle a little extra parsley on top just before serving.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I've made this recipe about 10 times in the last few months because people keep asking for it. It's such a simple recipe but the maple syrup adds just enough sweetness and depth to the flavor to make it more special than other slaws. I don’t eat slaw on my barbecue, but people who do say this is great for that, too.

Maple syrup in coleslaw—what a great idea! It was a very nice enhancement in my opinion, offering a little sweetness that wasn’t even close to being cloying. The syrup somehow added depth and character. The maple-y, caramel-y flavour went well with the coleslaw mix. The lemon juice and rice vinegar added the necessary acid for balance. It’s just that little bit of difference that won me over. Perfect for a hot summer day.


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  1. This dressing was good. I had Apple Cider Vinegar handy so I used that instead of rice vinegar. I also added some diced apples for a little extra sweetness. Thanks!

  2. This coleslaw is amazing. It’s tangy with just a slight hint of maple syrup. I used the pound of pre-shredded mix the first time I tried the recipe but then made it with even better using 1 pound freshly shredded red and green cabbage and carrots along with 1/4 cup chopped parsley. I combined it with barbecued pulled pork to make fantastic sliders for a recent cocktail party. Perfect!

  3. Loved this slaw so I tried the dressing on brussel sprout slaw and it was wonderful too — a big hit with lots of request for the recipe. Thanks!

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