Colourful coleslaw on a white plate
Photography, Johann Headley

Coleslaw With Creamy Citrus Dressing

Jennifer Emilson's bright, light winter slaw.

This salad is a celebration of the lightness of a wintertime coleslaw, and it contains citrus to spread sunshine when the skies are grey. It’s a great side to a pork roast, a Reuben sandwich, mac ’n’ cheese or even paired with sloppy joes.

Colourful coleslaw on a white plate

Winter Slaw With Orange-Yogourt Dressing

Jennifer Emilson's recipe for a light, seasonal coleslaw with creamy citrus dressing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian, dutch
Servings 4


Orange-Yogourt Dressing

  • ½ cup Greek yogourt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp orange juice
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns crushed


  • 1 red or green cabbage shredded
  • broccoli thinly sliced
  • carrots shredded or thinly sliced
  • celery thinly sliced on an angle
  • fennel thinly sliced
  • sugar snap peas thinly sliced


  • 1 scallion sliced
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Fuyu persimmon cubed
  • citrus segments
  • sesame seeds sunflower seeds or chopped nuts, for garnish


Orange-Yogourt Dressing

  • In bowl, whisk together yogourt, honey and vinegar. Whisk in orange juice, 1 tbsp at a time, until thin enough to drizzle. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in pink peppercorns. Store in airtight jar in fridge for up to 3 days.


  • A good hour before you want to serve your slaw, place about 6 cups of desired slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Let dressing come to room temperature and give it a good shake. Pour desired amount over slaw and toss. Cover and let sit in fridge for 1 hour to let flavours meld.
  • To serve, add any optional toppings and gently toss. Garnish with seeds or nuts.


Chopped carrots, celery and fennel can be covered with cold water before sealing the container to keep them crisp. When you feel like slaw, just pull out whichever veggies are calling your name.

A green cookbook on a cream background

Recipe excerpted from The Lemon Apron Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for the Curious Home Cook by Jennifer Emilson, adapted for ELLE Gourmet. Copyright © 2022 Jennifer Emilson. Cover and interior design by Lisa Jager. Cover and interior photography by Johann Headley. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the publisher. All rights reserved.


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