by Olena

Ukrainian Dill Coleslaw

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Ukrainian Dill Coleslaw Recipe with cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, dill and vinegar like my mom makes healthy and easy, everyone will love. |

Hi, I grew up in Ukraine. We ate a lot of cabbage. Ukrainian borscht, lazy cabbage rolls and my mom loved to make this super easy dill coleslaw. As a kid I didn’t like it because it had a lot of white vinegar.

Our cold room floor was covered with vegetables and apples. Vegetables that would keep well in winter like potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and cabbage. So I ate many servings of coleslaw in my life.

This juicy coleslaw recipe is my mom’s recipe and it is the best!

Dill Coleslaw

Is Cabbage Good for You?

First of all, cabbage is dirt cheap. And it makes a lot of food once shredded. It is hearty cruciferous vegetable with amazing cancer fighting properties. Plus it fills up your belly and is low in calories. Cabbage always tests low on pesticide residue so you don’t have to buy it organic. I remove the outer leaves and it is ready to slice.

Secondly, it keeps well in the fridge wrapped in plastic to keep moisture and prevent it from going dark. Like this 2-3 weeks in a fridge no problem. So you don’t have to eat an entire head of cabbage in one sitting. And I get it – cabbage heads are mostly large. If you see darkness on a previously cut side just cut it off.

red cabbage

How to Shred Cabbage

You need to buy yourself a good mandoline and then your relationship with cabbage will improve greatly. Many people are scared to chop their fingers off. Well, buy the one with safety thing or simply slow down towards the end and don’t slice the cabbage to the last bit. Eat it as you keep shredding next larger piece.

But let me tell you that nothing and no one can shred cabbage better than a mandoline!

how to shred cabbage

Dill Coleslaw Ingredients:

  • Green or red (purple) cabbage
  • Cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers
  • Dill
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

To be perfectly honest, my mom made it just with green cabbage and dill. We didn’t have red cabbage and for sure no tomatoes and cucumbers in winter. Now I am thinking dill wasn’t in the coleslaw during winter either. I loaded it up a bit since we have a luxury of farmers’ market in summer and Mexican produce in winter.

Dill Coleslaw Ingredients

Tips for Best Slaw:

  • Once sliced cabbage is high in volume and might be hard to toss. Just sprinkle it with salt and toss slowly. It will reduce almost in half as salt breaks down the tissues while you keep tossing.
  • Use any vinegar, even balsamic.
  • You can also use napa or savoy cabbage. In fact, I have savoy cabbage salad recipe.
  • To make ahead, refrigerate vegetables for up to 2 days and add seasonings before serving (especially salt).

Dill Coleslaw Recipe

Feeling Like More Coleslaw in Your Life?


Ukrainian Dill Coleslaw

ukrainian dill coleslaw recipe

5 from 2 reviews

Ukrainian Dill Coleslaw Recipe with cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, dill and vinegar like my mom makes healthy and easy, everyone will love.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 1.5 lbs (1/2 small head) green cabbage, thinly sliced*
  • 1 lb red (1/4 small head) cabbage, thinly sliced*
  • 1/2 cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 baby cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar**
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil***


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add cabbage, dill and salt. Using tongs mix for about 2-3 minutes. Cabbage will shrink about in half as salt starts to break down its tissue.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and gently toss. I recommend to add tomatoes last after all tossing is done. Serve cold.

Store: Coleslaw is best served within a few hours. It will be OK in a fridge for up to 24 hours. If you want to make ahead, shred cabbage and chop veggies. Refrigerate separately. Then follow the recipe before serving.


*I highly recommend to use mandoline. Texture of the slaw will be so crispy and tender. Imagine hair angel pasta. **White wine or red wine vinegar would work too. ***Sesame oil adds that unrefined taste like from roasted sunflower seeds. You can replace it with more olive oil but I highly recommend to buy sesame oil. You will use it a lot in Asian cooking.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Ok Yum again. This fits perfectly with my style of eating! I love dill. My husband isn’t a huge fan, but, he’ll eat anything I make :). I love it when you talk about your home country. It brings back memories for me too!

    1. Husbands who don’t cook should eat what wives cook. 😛 I love sharing how it was because it takes me back too. I would love to read your stories from the past. There was one post you talked about making pulla with your mom and I loved it.

    1. Thank you, Sarah.:) Cabbage must be on top of the list for vegetarians. It is so filling and adds volume to meals. Just like eggplant and mushrooms I think. Many Canadians do not use dill so a local who loves dill always make me like “Really?! You know dill? And not only the dill pickles?!”. Kind of proud haha.

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