This vinegar based coleslaw has a sweet and tart tang without the mayo. Like White Fence Farm coleslaw recipe you can make at home for a side dish or BBQ!
After my wildly popular make-at-home recipe for White Fence Farm Kidney Bean Salad, I decided to recreate the restaurant’s famous coleslaw recipe too. And let me tell you, this coleslaw is SO GOOD! Fresh cabbage, a simple vinegar and oil dressing, and a few spices make this coleslaw an absolute summer treat. Just a note: This isn’t the real restaurant recipe, only my attempt at recreating the magic!
White Fence Farm in Romeoville, Illinois is one of my favorite restaurants of all time – and it has been since I was a kid! My whole family would go for special events, birthdays, graduations, etc. and the quality of their food only seems to get better with time. Each dish is served with relishes: creamy kidney bean salad, piping hot corn fritters, cottage cheese, pickled beets, and a delicious homemade coleslaw. These ‘relishes’ are served before the meal comes out, and are (amazingly!) unlimited. I have memories of my dad sitting at the table, and joking to the server to “keep ’em coming.” We go for the chicken, but really the relishes make the meal.
This White Fence Farm Copycat Coleslaw Recipe Is:
- Vegan and Gluten free (so everyone at your table can enjoy!)
- Great to make ahead or batch cook for a cookout, BBQ, or party side dish
If you’ve never been to White Fence Farm, its a weird and wonderful combination of farmhouse restaurant, kitschy museum, miniature zoo (you can feed the animals out back), and antique showroom. There must be hundreds of tables at the many dining rooms and the walls are covered with old-timey relics, farm equipment, and tools. Its a great place for a large gathering, or just a nice quiet dinner with the family.
We live a thousand miles away from White Fence Farm now, so instead of dreaming of the restaurant’s delectable dinners, I’ve been attempting to recreate the relishes at home. I posted my copycat Creamy Kidney Bean Salad recipe a while back, and decided to tackle the coleslaw next. I normally make a mayo-based slaw (using regular or vegan mayo!) so creating a vinegar and oil one was a bit of a challenge. But it turned out GREAT!
This coleslaw is delicious, easy, and pretty healthy (as far as coleslaws go). My recipe serves about 4-6 (depending on how hungry you are) and would be awesome as a side dish or to top a pulled pork sandwich.
What’s In This White Fence Farm Coleslaw?
- Fresh Cabbage: Both Green and Red
- Carrots: I used just one in the recipe, but if you like carrots then load ’em on
- White Vinegar: I’m always tempted to make dressings with fancy vinegars (white balsamic, I’m looking at you) but for this one, I’m implementing the Keep It Simple rule and using regular white vinegar which is what I suspect they are using in the kitchen
- Olive Oil: or any oil of your choice, a nice sunflower oil would work great too.
- Granulated Sugar: for sweetness, but if you want to keep this refined sugar free, then substituting any sweetener of your choice would work. As a beekeeper I am quite partial to raw honey, but use whatever you would normally cook with. Also, like the white vinegar, I am keeping it simple and assuming they are using plain sugar here.
- Onion Powder: Because it adds a nice kick to the coleslaw, and I always put a touch in my normal coleslaw recipe
- Salt: Just 1/2 teaspoon, enough to dress the cabbage without making it too salty
- Fresh ground pepper: which belongs on coleslaw, adds a nice kick
And I would be remiss to mention that if you are ever in the Chicagoland area, a visit to White Fence Farm is a MUST! I can try to recreate the recipes all day long, but nothing compares to the real deal. Check out the antique cars in the lobby, feed the goats out back, and get yourself the best fried chicken in Chicago!
How Do I Make This Coleslaw?
- Shred the cabbage, don’t use store bought coleslaw mix. The one thing about White Fence Farm Coleslaw is that you can tell the cabbage is incredibly fresh! Like it was just chopped that day, probably hours ago in the kitchen. They serve theirs as a short mince, not the long strands of cabbage you get from pre-made store mix. If you can shred the cabbage in your food processor, I’d recommend that.
Add all ingredients into a large bowl, and stir well to combine.
Refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours before serving, for the dressing ingredients to mix into the cabbage without allowing the cabbage to wilt.
This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, & gluten-free! If you want to make it refined sugar free, then just substitute out the granulated sugar for your favorite natural sweetener. Raw honey or maple syrup would work just fine.
A Few Other Favorite Appetizer Salads:
As always, if you make this White Fence Farm Coleslaw recipe sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me on Instagram so I can feature you. I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!
White Fence Farm Copycat Coleslaw Recipe
- 6 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 carrot minced
- 4 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1.5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients into a large bowl, and stir well to combine.
- Refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours before serving, for the dressing ingredients to mix into the cabbage without allowing the cabbage to wilt.