Coconut Oil Vinaigrette Coleslaw? And Giveaway!

by Ann on July 9, 2009

Coconut Oil Vinaigrette Coleslaw

You may ask yourself, how does coconut oil work as a vinaigrette?  When you put it in the fridge, does it solidify?  Well, I have the answer to both of those questions now!  Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me some of their Gold Label coconut oil to try out along with a copy of their book (and sponsor a GIVEAWAY, look below).  I’m very happy with this oil in fact.  It really is rich and delicious!  If you like the strong flavor of coconut in your coconut oil like I do, this is perfect.  I did flip through the book - there is so much information on coconut oil and the process that they use and the company’s history (ummmm, I haven’t read it all yet but I did watch this video which is pretty interesting).  The book has plenty of different recipes and two popped out that I HAD to try right away!  Simple vinaigrette and mayonnaise.  I’m excited!

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My house is so hot right now that the oil is liquid, so I figured it’s a perfect time to start with the vinaigrette…which I changed of course to compliment the cabbage.  The sweet and tanginess of the vinaigrette with the coconut undertones, the crunch of the cabbage and the nuttiness and saltiness of the sunflower seeds made for an excellent HUGE snack.  It was a totally different coleslaw flavor that I’ve never tried but was darn happy to eat.  The coconut flavor is pretty strong so the next time I make this, I will most definitely just make a single serving size.  Also, after putting the leftovers in the fridge and trying it the next day…well… it just didn’t taste the same and the cabbage had a white layer on them from the oil solidifying.  SO, I recommend you do try this coconut oil coleslaw- it’s great if you like the flavor of coconut!  However, don’t make enough for leftovers!   I should have just seasoned only the serving I was going to eat.  Then, before having leftovers, taken the vinaigrette out of the refrigerator to come back to room temp, and then added it.  Well, I knew better but I did it anyway hoping it would be good regardless and it wasn’t.  Grunt.
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/8 cup coconut oil, liquefied (I used Tropical Traditions:)
  • 3/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 10 cups cabbage mix/coleslaw (was feeling lazy, I used a bag of  mixed shredded cabbage/carrots and a bag of pre-shredded red cabbage totaling roughly 10 cups) - but you can shred whatever cabbages and carrots you feel like shredding
  • 1/8 cup roasted, salted, shelled sunflower seeds


  • Whisk vinegar, agave nectar, salt and pepper until salt dissolves
  • Slowly add oils, whisking away
  • Allow to stand 5 minutes, taste and adjust to your liking, whisk again
  • If you’re serving the whole thing, add the dressing to the cabbage mix and then add the sunflower seeds, mix well.  Otherwise, just put some of the vinaigrette on your cabbage mix and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.

If you’re interested in some great information about coconut oil, you can check out these links: this one or this one.  There’s lots of great information about potential health benefits, the flavor is fantastic, and it works as an alternative to awful-for-you shortening.  I just love the flavor it adds to the things I’m cooking - sweet or savory.  Coconut oil fried potatoes are amazing and so simple! 

***GIVEAWAY RULES: To win a free quart of Tropical Traditions coconut oil, sign-up for their newsletter, and comment below so I know you signed on.  I’ll use to pick the winner Wednesday, July 15th. 

***Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number… 5254567.  By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order!  This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

Here are some easy to use directions for your referrals:

1. Add the items you would like to purchase from the order form linked to Tropical Traditions.  Visit

2. You’ll be directed to the Order Form at the Tropical Traditions/Healthy Buyers Club website.  You do not have to be a member or purchase a membership to buy from Tropical Traditions.  Membership in the Healthy Buyers Club allows you to purchase in bulk amount at club member discounts if you choose to join.  If you choose not to purchase a membership to the Healthy Buyers Club please order under the heading “Retail Sale Items”.  This will enable you to purchase less than case amounts of any of the individual items without a membership.

3.  Select the items you would like to purchase.

4. When you are ready to check out please click on the “Continue” link which will take you to your shopping cart.

5. Review your order and then click on the “Check Out” button from your shopping cart.

6. Fill in your account information as directed. In the box: “How did you hear of us?” you must select: “Referred by a friend” on the drop down arrow.  When you make this selection, a box for your sponsor’s User ID number should appear if you are a first time customer.

7. Enter your sponsor’s User ID number.

8. To complete your order click on “Save and Proceed to Checkout” at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions through the checkout process.  You will receive an order number when you have successfully placed your order.

By following these steps, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.  Your sponsor will receive a coupon for a complimentary gift. These will vary from month to month.

Those with additional questions about taking advantage of the referral program when creating their new account may call toll free 866-311-2626 Ext. 2.

Disclosure:  I was provided free product from Tropical Traditions

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Saucy Gourmet July 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I signed up! never tried coconut oil, it sounds interesting!

2 Marianna Furrer July 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I’m signed up!

3 Emily N. July 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I’m signed up.

4 Jess July 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I signed up, i’ve been dying to try coconut oil but it’s out of my budget range!

5 jennk/cinnamonquill July 10, 2009 at 6:33 am

Yay! I signed up. I am curious about this particular brand as the brand I buy does not have a strong coconut flavor. In fact, it’s barely noticeable. I used coconut oil to make chocolate chip cookies for someone who doesn’t eat dairy, and couldn’t even taste the coconut. Also, coconut oil is my skincare product of choice!

And now I’m eager to try it in a salad dressing…

6 stephchows July 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

Very interesting, thanks for the info! No newsletter for me though I get enough junk email :)

7 HannahBanana aka Amanda July 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I was just given several jars of organic coconut oil and was puzzled as to what to do with it. I love coleslaw, and your recipe sounds fantastic!
Lovin your blog!
Come by my blog and see the award I just nominated you for…and I’ve linked to your site!
All the best, Amanda

8 Kristen July 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Hi! I signed up! I have been wanting to try coconut oil ever since reading about the anti-fungal diet! They say it’s better than butter on asparagus! I wanna make your oat flour pancakes too! I have oat and almond flour just sitting in my freezer! ; )

9 lisaiscooking July 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

Interesting! I haven’t cooked with coconut oil, but I keep meaning to try it.

10 Janis July 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I signed up!

11 Vickie Bartlett July 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I’m not sure if this is still open, but I am signed up for TT newsletter

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