I know we were all more than a little disappointed when, way back in May, the Rapture, for lack of a better term, “blue-balled” us.

All that hype…all those brownies we ate…and then what were we left with?

An extra five pounds (optimistic estimate) on our thighs and a rain date of October 21, 2011.

Just enough time to lose that brownie weight, run a marathon, and then regain it all back on October 20th.

Really?  Fabulous timing, thanks Harold.


And if the biblically hot temperatures we’ve been having this summer haven’t been enough to convince you that it might actually be coming this time.

I offer you further proof.


I. Made. Coleslaw. And. Liked it.


Now you may be saying, “But Joanne!  Your apartment is a no-mayo zone.  However did you do this?”

On a wing and a prayer and a cup of Greek yogurt, my friend.  That’s how.


As fate would have it, I ended up with both cabbage and carrots in my CSA this week, which were just so fresh and crisp and straight-from-the-farm that I didn’t want to adulterate them by cooking them down until they lost all semblance of their former selves.

Thus a slaw, it was, and since I’ve been putting Greek yogurt into everything I make lately, I figured, eh, why not?

Throw in some roasted sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds for some salty crunch and you’ve got a coleslaw that is (a) figure friendly and (b) quite likeable.

It really is too bad that it signals the beginning of the end.  It totally deserves better.

If you want to see more of me this weekend, check out this guest post I did for one of my favorites – Xiaolu of 6 Bittersweets – Zucchini and White Beans with Creme Fraiche Pesto.  Jaw droppingly good.


Tupelo Honey Coleslaw with Sweet Potatoes and Sunflower Seeds
Serves 6, adapted from Tupelo Honey Cafe


  • 1 small cabbage, shredded
  • 5-6 carrots, shredded
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup salted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt OR 1 cup  mayo
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 4 1/2 tsp worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400.  Combine the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.  Place the diced sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Mix the sweet potato and sunflower seeds into the cabbage/carrot mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, sugar (I found it to be a bit sweet, so maybe add half the sugar first and then adjust to taste), yogurt, mustards, hot sauce and worcestershire sauce.  Whisk in the sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, sugar, and hot sauce.
  4. Toss dressing with the cabbage mixture, adding a bit of water if necessary to thin it.

I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted this week by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu.


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95 Responses to Tupelo Honey Coleslaw with Sweet Potatoes and Sunflower Seeds

  1. Simply Life says:

    I don’t think you should call this coleslaw. I don’t like coleslaw. But this, can I just have the whole bowl? 🙂

  2. Sofia says:

    coleslaw with greek yogurt? genius idea, as always, miss joanne.

  3. bellini says:

    The idea of adding sweet potatoes to coleslaw appeals to me.

  4. What an awesome combination. I will never look at ‘regular’ cole slaw the same way again!

  5. Candace says:

    I’ve got Van Morrison running through my head now after reading your recipe title. Good thing that I like that song and Van Morrison! This is an absolutely fantastic combination of flavors. I love the sweet potato addition. I want to try this. Have a great weekend!

  6. Julie says:

    What a delicious coleslaw recipe. I have half of a cabbage from my CSA. Thanks for a great recipe. Have a great weekend.

  7. Patsyk says:

    Love that you made this without mayo! I’m not a coleslaw fan either… but, maybe with a name change I could consider trying it! 😉

  8. Love the ingredient list! THIS is an awesome salad!

  9. Allison says:

    Joanne! I lome slaw. Never with mayo though. Yuck. This looks insane. Love the tang from the yogurt, the sweetness from potatoes and carrots, and then the crunch. You nailed it.

  10. OohLookBel says:

    A sweetish coleslaw? I like it! I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can try this. Heck, who cares that it’s 10 deg C, I’m making this tomorrow.

  11. Adrienne says:

    Yummy! This looks like a much tastier version of the coleslaw I made a few weeks ago. Throw roasted sweet potatoes into anything and I’m sold 😀

  12. girlichef says:

    This sounds really, really awesome…sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds are such a different, creative, delicious addition!

  13. Kalyn says:

    Brilliant to use sweet potatoes in this, and I love the idea of a Greek Yogurt dressing, even though I admit I am a huge mayo fan!

  14. Slaw–it’s so southern. Like me. I know you think I’m a midwesterner but you’re wrong. I can still “sparkle”. I love slaw.


  15. You always do things that I would never think of but always wish I had! Sweet potatoes with coleslaw! i love it. The crunchy, the salty and the sweet honey. Perfect for any picnic or hot day. Ohhh- yummy on a good burger!

  16. polwig says:

    I love coleslaw, mayo and all. Good Coleslaw not the one you get in a diner that was made weeks before. I guess it is the Polish in me that can not say no to Cabbage.

  17. I never knew your apartment was a No-Mayo zone!! Oh man–mayo mixed with ketchup is the BEST condiment for fresh French Fries. Seriously. Shake a little Tabasco sauce in there too for good measure, and you may find yourself addicted. I know I am. And freshly made garlic aioli?? It can’t be beat.

  18. Greek yogurt will save the world one day, I have a feeling. Is there anything it can’t do? I love that you made a coleslaw with it, especially because you included sweet potatoes, too. Next time cabbage comes in my CSA basket I know what to do with it.

  19. I love yogurt dressings. I especially like the surprise ingredient of sweet potatoes.

  20. A wonderful recipe, healthy and very cute, looks great, hugs.

  21. Lora says:

    Fantastic, creative crunchy wonderfulness. Can’t wait to try this.

  22. Nicole, RD says:

    What a fun twist on potato salad…and way, way healthier than the mayo-laden version I love 🙂

    Happy weekend, love!

  23. Karen says:

    I expected to find honey in the recipe. Guess the name is because of the cookbook. Sounds really good, esp with the sunflower seeds in there!

  24. Dawn says:

    I have actually been to the Tupelo Honey Cafe. Very creative use for the carrots and cabbage.

  25. its mayo like and i am so down with that one girlfriend.
    genius flavor and texture combo in there wonder woman!

  26. I’m not a slaw kinda gal, really don’t like alot of mayo. yogurt and sweet potatoe with seeds, now that’s a slaw I can wrap my mouth around!!

    happy weekdn!

  27. Nice green yogurt substitution. Well done, well done.

  28. My house is officially mayo free too! Love how you used greek yogurt in this. And the sweet potato is a great idea. Great way to balance the slight bitterness of the cabbage.

  29. Sippity Sup says:

    As usual, tasty and creative. GREG

  30. Chris says:

    This unique coleslaw would go over huge with Alexis because of the sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds.

  31. Looks awesome. Now, I say we schedule drinks before the coming of the 2nd Rapture 🙂

  32. Shannon says:

    ooh, this is a coleslaw i could get behind as well! LOVE. and it’s been way too long since I’ve had sweet potatoes… shameful.

  33. Amy says:

    No doubt cabbage and carrots were meant for cole-slaw. Or maybe a weird sweet bread? YOU could create something like that and still make it sounds/look great. And hey? Bring on the next rapture scare…any excuse to dig into a plate of brownies.

  34. You’re a genius. This look so much tastier than a regular old slaw! Yummmm!!!

    Too bad about the world ending though.

  35. Pam says:

    Using Green yogurt is a great idea. It looks crunchy, flavorful, and delicious!

  36. I love the idea of this recipe and it sounds so tasty!

  37. Awesome coleslaw, reminder that I haven’t eaten it in ages.

  38. Oh, girl, this looks fantastic! I am not a big fan of slaw, but I’m tempted to try it again. I love your ingredient list!

  39. Love how you didn’t use any mayo! I’ve been loving using greek yogurt in things too, thanks!

  40. So I totally don’t like cole slaw. Never have. But the addition of sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds sounds tasty. I may have to give it another chance.

  41. That Girl says:

    I don’t believe you gained back ALL the brownie weight. Maybe just half a pan.

  42. newlywed says:

    Yum! I love fun slaws like this…and I love crunch in my slaws.

  43. Coleslaw is always my favorite but I added condensed milk instead of mayo, apple cider vinegar, black pepper with no added sugar. Yours looks fabulous with sweet potato and sunflower seeds….

  44. tigerfish says:

    Like you, it is no-mayo zone for me anywhere too! Greek yogurt is perfectly fine for me – indeed, an awesome idea.

  45. Ya ya ya for more cabbage recipes! I made one too, ala Ottolenghi, but Rob didn’t like it. But that just means more for me. Yum!

  46. this looks yummy! I’m not a mayo fan either. And October 21 is my brother’s bday. Totally irrelevant, but what else is new?! (he’s single btw…just sayin’)

  47. Pam says:

    This sounds amazing!

  48. kankana says:

    looks good and the recipe sounds awsm!

  49. Oh this looks so delicious and oh so pretty! I like for slaw to look all pretty and colorful and this recipe looks like it has it all!!

  50. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I too have been trying to get into shape! I lost 25 lbs. and am so happy about it! Just a few changes really can make a difference. I sure do hope that 2012 isn’t true after I finally get back to the number I want to see on the scale!! Anyway, I think that the coleslaw looks tasty and healthy! a great combo! Blessings, Catherine xoxo

  51. I personally LIKE mayo, but I can’t stand it on coleslaw. Something about my mom’s coleslaw. Ugh. I used to hate coleslaw, but now I like it with a good vinaigrette. But yogurt…I can get behind that.

    Ah, 5 lbs…I gained 15 in 9 months…turning 40, getting injured (no running), husband’s travel and a promotion at work. Working on reversing that trend. Just a reminder that I should have nipped it at 5 lbs.

  52. You are so awesome girlie..what a great substitute for mayo..I would have not thought of that but I know I ll love it coz I HEART yogurt! All the ingredients are A one!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  53. ohmygoodnessgracious! greek yoghurt in coleslaw! that’s brilliant!

  54. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds v tasty – I much prefer the idea of yoghurt than mayo – a cup of mayo makes me cover away in horror!

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    oops I meant COWER away in horro

  56. Lisa D. says:

    Ooh . . . looks delicious. I LOVE the idea of the sweet potatoes in there.

  57. Honestly I have never been a huge fan of traditional cole slaw, but this my friend looks amazing. Love the tupelo honey & sunflower seeds.

  58. Ben says:

    Oh yeah! I didn’t even remember about that fiasco. LOL I have short term memory. Hey, who wouldn’t love that coleslaw? It looks divine O:-p

  59. Kerstin says:

    I’m also a mayo hater – gross! So this is right up my alley with the Greek yogurt – yum!

  60. I can’t wait to try this! I love cole slaws and your idea of using Greek yogurt, sunflower seeds and sweet potato sounds delicious! Let’s not call it the beginning of the end…just a new beginning 🙂

  61. Peggy says:

    You, my friend, are a genius once again. Sweet potatoes in coleslaw? Who ever heard of such a thing – but I love it!

  62. Raina says:

    This is by far the tastiest cole slaw I have ever seen! It sounds wonderful and I love your healthy addition of yogurt:)

  63. Elizabeth says:

    Whoa, cole slaw with sweet potatoes?? Two of my favorite things. I highly recommend you trying a vinegar-based cole slaw. That’s mostly what I grew up with.

  64. Kristen says:

    You had me with the sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds. I am not normally a slaw eater, but with those lovelies added, I am willing to give it a try.

  65. Carolyn Jung says:

    Talk about crunch-a-licious. Cabbage AND sunflower seeds with yogurt and honey — now that’s a coleslaw that deserves to be the star on the plate.

  66. We are definitely not a no-mayo household… love it in fact. But I think using Greek Yogurt is a marvelous idea and it looks like it came out great!

  67. Let me just start by saying, I don’t think I could ever possibly stress how much I LOVE reading your posts. Your humor always brings a smile to my face- 😀 (see?).

    Secondly, this slaw is such a fantastic idea. I must admit I’m still picky when it comes to eating salad. The only two I will eat are romaine and coleslaw. I love the addition of the greek yogurt. And I’m in total agreement with you- why the hell not add yogurt?! I’m also fond of the idea that you added sweet potatoes.
    All in all, it looks and sounds great, Joanne!


  68. kyleen says:

    I’m not into cabbage slaws, but the melon sounds so interesting. I love mixing savory and sweet (brie and raspberry jam crepes, anyone?) and this is exactly that.

  69. You have a magic hand in turning simple ingredients into a gourmet meal!

  70. daphne says:

    yay to greek yogurt! I have a mayo no go zone too in my house! Who says salads without creams cannot be done!

  71. Shannon says:

    Bookmarked… this looks lick-the-bowl-worthy. Sorry I’ve been a bad commenter lately… I’ve been trying to catch up on all the blog posts I missed during vaca. Everything has looked fantastic as usual!

  72. Gloria says:

    I love this salad! gloria

  73. Chaya says:

    Sweet potatoes in cole slaw. That is what I call, delicious. I am printing this one up so I really make it and don’t just dream about it.

  74. teresa says:

    slaw isn’t the first thing i grab either, but with ingredients like this, how could you not like it!

  75. I like that you use greek yogurt instead of mayo. Great coleslaw with sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds.

  76. My life is a total no-mayo zone. This is a must make for sure…I am on the hunt for cabbage now 🙂

  77. Catherine says:

    Hi Joanne, I just wanted to let you know that I have tagged you in my latest blog post. Please visit and check it out!
    Blessings, Catherine xo

  78. Greek yogurt is such a great ingredient. I love how you added the sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds to this–what a great idea. 😉

  79. sophia says:

    So I went to this store and I saw a giant gallon sized coleslaw. I debated getting it because seriously, what is better than cold, crunchy coleslaw in these godforsaken hot weathers? But I didn’t because I could see it had a vat of sugar in it, ew.

    Now. Why can’t stores sell coleslaw like these? When are you going to start your own food empire, Joanne? Huh? I’m still waiting! >__<

  80. kellypea says:

    Well you know there’s NO way mayo is going in my cole slaw. Rock on Greek yogurt. I could eat this entire bowl right now. Wait. I didn’t get the rapture rain date. Seriously?

  81. Much healthier than normal slaw 🙂 I would never thnk to put yoghurt. Def doin this for the next bbq!!

  82. Wow, a sophisticated cole slaw with all the wonderful ingredients and look so pretty.

  83. Natalie says:

    i still remember how amazing my meal at tupelo honey cafe was. need to make this and recreate the experience! 🙂

  84. I sometimes get the idea that you have a dream about amazing food, wake up at 3 a.m., write it down on a notepad left on your nightstand for just such occasions, and then – the next blog post! Such a dreamy coleslaw, Joanne. Never stop dreaming!


  85. I love to have coleslaw with mayo, but with this one I might have to try it and see how it’s gonna taste like.

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  86. Bakerhobby says:

    Now this looks amazing! I just started really likeing coleslaw and this looks so healthy! I am so trying this! Thanks for sharing!!

  87. grace says:

    i’m totally anti-mayo myself, so we’re united on that front–hooray for greek yogurt and an oh-so-unique batch of slaw!

  88. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea to use yoghurt to make cole slaw! I WANT some of that right now!! (And us with zero cabbage, sweet potatoes and only about a tablespoon of yoghurt in the house – must remedy that!!)

  89. Cara says:

    I’m always surprised when I love a coleslaw too 🙂

  90. Katelyn says:

    I am not generally a coleslaw fan, but this makes me want to buy the cookbook you got the recipe from. I’ve eaten at Tupelo Honey in Asheville a few times and it’s some very tasty southern comfort food. Have you gotten a lot of use from the cookbook? I’m new to your blog so I don’t know if you’ve adapted other recipes on here.

  91. Marisa says:

    LOVE the fact that this is sans mayo – I’m not a big fan of the stuff either. And how good do those sweet potatoes look peeking out there? YUMMO.

  92. Coleslaw doesn’t usually appeal to me, but the sweet potato and sunflower seeds in this one sound so yummy!

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