Recipe: Autumn Tahini Slaw

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to my favourite green grocers and picked up some of the seasons best produce including red cabbage, carrots and russet apples. Every so often I get a random craving for coleslaw, so when I looked in the fridge and saw those ingredients I decided to try making my own with a tahini twist…

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Autumn Tahini Slaw (high raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo friendly, makes 3 – 4 servings)

  • 1/2 red cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple (I used a seasonal russet apple)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp of tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar or juice from half a lemon

Grate or finely chop the cabbage, carrots and apple (I used a food processor grating attachment for speed). Transfer to a large bowl and add the dried cranberries. In a separate bowl mix together the tahini and apple cider vinegar or lemon juice using a little water if needed until it reaches the consistency of single cream. Pour over the grated veg, apple and cranberries and mix until well combined. Add the chopped parsley and gently mix. Serve! Will keep in a covered container in the fridge for 3 days.

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This slaw is not only a beautiful colour bejewelled with those sparkling cranberries, but has a delicious sweet and nutty flavour.

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I ate this paired with a salad and white beans and then chickpeas. I also had it in a wrap with some tofu, so delicious!


It would also be just as good as an accompaniment to some chicken.

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As well as tasting good, this is super healthy. It is full of antioxidants, enzymes and fibre from the brightly coloured raw veggies, probiotics from the raw apple cider vinegar and healthy fats and minerals from the tahini. Enjoy a nice big portion, sit back and polish your healthy halo ;-)

Are you a coleslaw fan? How do you like to eat it?


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  • I’m a huge coleslaw fan, but I’m not sure how I feel about tahini, I’ve had a jar in my fridge since the summer, and I am yet to make something with it!
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    • Laura

      Oh send it over to me, I think I have three jars of the stuff on the go!

  • That sounds really tasty, Laura. I’m about to buy red cabbage to cook it in the crock pot. I’ll probably have leftovers so this is a great way to use it up…Thanks!
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  • Yummy!! I love coleslaw and I think you know I love tahini this sounds delish!!! X
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  • I was actually just eyeing a bag of coleslaw in the store the other day, but it would probably be sooo much better to make my own. I’ve never tried it with tahini, but I was always a big fan of dousing it in dressing.
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  • Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Beautiful colour! I’m not a fan of traditional coleslaw but this sounds really good. I love red cabbage, I could eat the stuff in jars straight. Love the twist of adding tahini as well!
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  • I am not a fan of coleslaw at all, but that is because I don’t like mayonnaise, but the idea of the shredded veggies with some other dressing sounds lovely.
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    • Laura

      Yes its the mayo I find a bit sickly!

  • I love coleslaw and I think it looks so pretty with red cabbage! I usually just add carrot, onion, garlic mayo and nutritional yeast but tahini and vinegar sounds so good! Hope you’re not too badly affected by the weather, I heard it was awful in Durham…
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  • This looks SO GOOD! I wish I had this ready for my lunch today!
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  • Yes oh yes… That is all… I can’t wait to eat this. Maybe you could do a peanut butter tamari satay style slaw?

    • Laura

      Mmm that sounds very good, love the idea of peanut butter in it with some chilli and ginger!

  • Looks delish Laura! I need to try again with coleslaw, I love it but my home made attempts aren’t too successful!

  • I think proper coleslaw is vile, but with tahini this sounds amazing and is totally going on my Christmas idea pinterest board!
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  • this sounds soooo delicious! i love tahini and the normal coleslaw – will give this a try!
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