Carrot Cabbage Slaw with Orange Molasses Dressing

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

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Carrot cabbage slaw is a flavourful crunchy salad that is perfectly suited to summer meals. Tossed with an orange dressing it’s fresh and tangy. 

Carrot cabbage slaw with tangy orange dressing

I didn’t get to the gym today (not that I’m particularly stressed about it). But tonight I’ll make up for the missed workout by making carrot cabbage slaw. It’s not a diet thing it’s a fitness goal thing. (I can only do five wiggly push ups and I want to get to eight, not wiggly ones.) Grating carrots by hand will work my right arm. So will slicing the cabbage. So I’ll get half a workout in. And of course my fork is in my left hand…

Then there is all that chewing. Your skill at slicing the cabbage will determine how much chewing is required for this salad. I often use a cheese slicer so I get wispy thin shreds of cabbage. If you have a mandolin that’s even better.

carrot cabbage slaw with citrus dressing

Unlike many salads this carrot cabbage slaw can last for a few days in the fridge. The vegetables lose a bit of their crunch as they marinate in the dressing but never seem to get too soft. Serve this salad with anything and everything. Toss it with a little spinach and top with an egg for a main dish salad.

Carrot cabbage slaw with orange molasses dressing

  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 3 cups thinly-sliced red cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or toasted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 1/3 cup currants.

Toss with this basic dressing:

Orange dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. cumin (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2/3 cup oil (half olive oil, half walnut oil if you have it)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Put all ingredients, except oil, in a mason jar and give it a good shake. Make sure the Dijon is well incorporated then add the oil and give it another shake. Or you can stir it together in a bowl, in the same sequence.

Before serving, squeeze half a lemon or lime over the slaw and add the zest of one lemon or lime.

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22 thoughts on “Carrot Cabbage Slaw with Orange Molasses Dressing

  1. Fred Watson says:

    Hi I have some of your molasses and I’m afraid I don’t know how to use it, I was hoping to get a cookbook.
    Years ago I was at a friends house for her daughters birthday, Julie was a health nut and always tried to cook only good healthy food.
    For her daughters birthday she wanted to make things the kids would like, she made a cake with carob and molasses and what else I don’t know she also made ice-cream from what I don’t know. I thought it would be terrible I was so wrong it was great and so much more filling (what a treat) and healthy too. I didn’t know it was possible to have such delicious and healthy sweets and also I see your cook Bridget Oland looks very healthy. I read somewhere I could request a cookbook (on my molasses container I think) if so I’d love one Thank you Fred.

    1. Hi Fred, please send along your postal address and we can mail you a copy of our cookbook

  2. brigitte st jean says:

    I would love to have this cook book also. I love molasses but do not know when to use it or how much to use.

    1. Kelsey Reid says:

      Hi Brigitte, forward your mailing address to and we will get one in the mail to you. Thanks

    2. Deb Low Land says:

      I would lv a cookbook, I lv Crosby’s molasse, 4156 stagecoach rd sydenham, ontario, canada, k0h2t0

      1. Lynn Purdy says:

        Deb, I would love to send you a cookbook, but what is your full name, please?

  3. Florence Flynn says:

    My address is 520 North River Rd, Charlottetown, PEI
    C1E 1J9. Would really like one of your cook books.
    How much are they.?

    1. Kelsey Reid says:

      Hi Florence, the cookbooks are free and we will put one in the mail for you.

  4. Florence Flynn says:

    Could you please send me one of your cook books. I spend a lot of time copying your recepies.

  5. Florence Flynn says:

    Thank you.

  6. Debbie says:

    I like the recipes that I’ve seen and would love the cookbook. I sent my address and ask that you kindly send me a copy as well. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Debbie, Just double checking that you received your cookbook. Please let me know if it didn’t arrive.

  7. I would love a copy of your cookbook. I have been following and pinning your recipes for a while now since I discovered a recipe on Facebook. My address is
    104 Hazelton Avenue
    Apt 1
    Toronto, ON M5R 2E5

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Carol, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our printed cookbook.

  8. yvonne hiscoe says:

    I would love a cookbook too.
    yvonne hiscoe
    21 Oakview Ave
    Nepean, ON K2G 2Z9

    1. Hi Yvonne, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our printed cookbook.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Are the cookbooks that the above talking about still available? If so I would love one.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Cheryl, We’d be happy to send you a copy of our printed cookbook. Just email me your mailing address:

  10. Anita Garland says:

    Hi Bridget:
    Is the cookbook that the above are talking about still available?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Anita, We’d be happy to mail you our current printed cookbook. Just email me your mailing address. I’m at

  11. Carol Gammer says:

    I would love to have your cookbook.Crosbys fancy molasses has always even in my kitchen.I grew up on a farm in NB and it was bought by the gallon jug then.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      You can still buy Crosby’s by the gallon (5 kg jug)!

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