Real Food: Coleslaw

download (1)“Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.” – Ambrose Bierce

Potluck and BBQ season is officially here. I think I may have been to at least five already this summer!

I love a good cookout. Or rather, I loved a good cookout, until I started eliminating all the processed gunk from my diet. There was a long period when I just wouldn’t go at all for fear of being tempted to eat the candied meatballs, cheap hot dogs (yum!), and all of the casseroles covered in cheese.

After a while I decided I could go but I ate a meal on my own first or I arrived after all the eating was done. This worked for me and there is nothing wrong with it at all. The problem is that I love to share a meal with the people I love and avoiding the whole food bit lessened my enjoyment of the evening.

So, what I decided to do instead, was to bring several simple, real, and satisfying dishes that I could feel good about eating and serving to others. This allowed me to eat a complete meal with others. And, they were eating some of the same foods I was too. Not only did I enjoy myself more, but I also felt very good about the food I was nourishing loved ones with and even have people ask me for my recipes all the time.

Win win in my book!

I will be posting a picnic series of recipes here this summer so stay tuned. And it will all begin with one of my favorites– coleslaw.

Coleslaw is a must have at summer events and it appears to be a very healthy choice at the onset. However, most store bought coleslaw has tons of high fructose corn syrup and a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Even most ‘homemade’ coleslaws are secretly made of bagged, prepared cabbage and store bought dressing full of– you guessed it– nasty ingredients.

Here is my simple and quick coleslaw recipe that I bring to all my functions in the summer. In fact, I’m kind of known for this dish and people ask for the recipe all the time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • 8 cups loosely packed shredded cabbage- If you have a food processor, use the slicing blade to create perfectly shredded cabbage. I use napa but any type or color would work well in this application.
  • 3 medium carrots, cleaned and grated.
  • 2 spring onions, chopped, including the green parts
  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise (recipe coming soon!)
  • 1 T horseradish. More to taste.
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 2 T dijon mustard
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine cabbage, carrots, and onion in a large bowl and toss.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, horseradish, maple syrup, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to fully combine.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Cabbage will wilt slightly but will still retain the crunch.

Enjoy with loved ones!

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.

Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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