Lemon Poppy Seed Cole Slaw


Poppy seeds add an unexpected surprise to this traditional dish. The dressing is slightly sweet with a touch of spice added by dry mustard. I love sweet coleslaws, but do not care for the traditional mayonnaise based dressing. This recipe is a great alternative that is full of flavor. I like to serve this with my pulled pork. The lemon in the dressing would also compliment seafood. Wilting the cabbage helps to infuse the flavors of the dressing into the vegetables. Napa cabbage would also be a great substitution.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cole Slaw  Salad

Lemon Poppy Seed Cole Slaw

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1 small head of cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
1/2 sweet onion, slivered

For the Dressing:
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 teaspoons sugar
the juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard


Prepare vegetables. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk well. Add vegetables.

Place stainless steel bowl over low heat and toss slaw till it is just barely wilted. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  17 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Cole Slaw”

  1. [email protected] — September 9, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    I love Cole Slaw; this sounds delicious! 🙂

  2. Short and Bald — September 10, 2009 @ 12:08 am

    sounds very light and delicious, another great recipe. thanks ^ ^
    .-= Short and Bald´s last blog, Taiwan: Lunch at Gu Shine via Flushing, Queens, New York =-.

  3. [email protected]'s Recipes — September 9, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

    Cole slaw has always been my fav. salad, love the idea of using poppy, which makes the salad look even more beautiful.
    .-= [email protected]’s Recipes´s last blog, Stir-fried Bell Peppers with Black Fungus =-.

  4. Divina — September 10, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    This is a really nice, light and flavorful coleslaw. Something more refreshing than a mayonnaise-based coleslaw.
    .-= Divina´s last blog, A Taste of Yellow: Tropical Fruit Salad for LiveSTRONG =-.

  5. lululu — September 10, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    simple and tasty twist to traditional cole slaw!
    i really like the lemon touch!
    .-= lululu´s last blog, Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia =-.

  6. penny aka jeroxie — September 10, 2009 @ 2:30 am

    NIce and light. I am so digging it. Summer is round the corner and I need to start eating salads again.
    .-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog, Mochi with peanut butter filling =-.

  7. Kelly at Crock Tease — September 10, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    Looks cool and refreshing. I was thinking BBQ before I even started reading.
    .-= Kelly at Crock Tease´s last blog, Grilled Overstuffed Black Bean Burritos =-.

  8. sizzlechef — September 10, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    Plain and good.Cheers!
    .-= sizzlechef´s last blog, Braised Soothe Congee =-.

  9. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — September 10, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    Delicious cole slaw, I love your addition of poppy seeds!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Magic Number 9 =-.

  10. Alta — September 10, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    I love cole slaws, but not so much the mayo versions either. This looks wonderful, I could curl up with a big bowl of your version!
    .-= Alta´s last blog, Vegetarian Bean and Pumpkin Chili, plus a Gluten-Free Cheddar Serrano Biscuit =-.

  11. [email protected] — September 10, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    You had me at lemon and poppy seed. This sounds terrific. I’m going to print it out. I made an Asian cole slaw a week or two ago, with sour cream and sesame oil, and it was a nice change from the mayo-based ones, too.

  12. southern hostess — September 10, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

    I love cole slaw! This looks perfect.
    .-= southern hostess´s last blog, Old-Fashioned Love =-.

  13. Kristi Rimkus — September 10, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

    This sounds great. I love coleslaw. It’s a great side dish for so many dishes.
    .-= Kristi Rimkus´s last blog, Creamy Oregano, Mushroom and Turkey Casserole =-.

  14. Elin — September 10, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    Hi SGG,

    Thanks for this light and delicious cole slaw recipe 🙂
    .-= Elin´s last blog, Savoury Bacon Cheddar Cookies =-.

  15. Denise — September 11, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    Found your blog through your twittering. Can’t wait to look it over better. I’m subscribing. My food blog isn’t even a month old yet.

    Love this poppy seed dressing idea. I have been trying to create the poppy seed dressing at home & I add a few T of whole milk plain yogurt to make it a creamy dressing. Where did you find your poppy seeds? Are they with the regular spices?
    .-= Denise ´s last blog, They say it’s your birthday…… =-.

  16. Denise — September 11, 2009 @ 2:33 pm


    Thanks for the comment on my blog! In reading your profile on blogger it seems we have more in common. I too LOVE that I am now a stay at home mom to my girls. After my first daughter was born (now aged 10), I stayed home 6 months and then had to go back to teaching. I missed her terribly. 3 years later I was finally able to come home for good. Now we have 2 more girls (ages 6 and 19 months). I wouldn’t change it for anything.

    Also….I use the honey instead of sugar as I’ve been trying to cut out sugar as much as I can. I works well too.
    .-= Denise´s last blog, My inspired lunch…YUM! =-.

  17. Mirta Ohearn — March 2, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Extremely interesting post thank you for writing it I just added your site to my bookmarks and will check back 🙂 By the way this is a little off subject but I really like your blogs layout.

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