This recipe for West Indian coleslaw or Virgin Islands coleslaw with raisins is inspired by my island home of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and is absolutely delicious. I’ve had people come to my home to eat and say “I don’t like coleslaw”, but, I like this coleslaw.
The only thing is, growing up; I always had to grate the cabbage and carrots by hand using what’s know as a box or hand grater. These days you can just by a bag of cabbage/carrot slaw mix and everything from that point is easy. Although I will say from a flavor stand point, I prefer my Virgin Islands coleslaw made using freshly grated cabbage and carrots.
What can I say? Fresh is best.
What if I Don’t Want to Spend My Time Grating Carrots and Cabbage
C’mon? Seriously? OK, f you’re super busy or want to save time, one 14 oz bag of shredded cabbage and carrots will do the trick.
And no, there is no fancy tropical fruit in this but, if you order or have coleslaw in the Virgin Islands, this is exactly what you’ll get.
From a dietary stand point, this West Indian coleslaw is naturally gluten and dairy free.
So creamy and delicious this coleslaw recipe is a fan favorite. Even though I no longer live in the Virgin Islands, I always smile to myself every April (Carnival time), Thanksgiving and Christmas when there is an uptick in blog visitors looking for this recipe.
Try my Virgin Islands coleslaw recipe and see what you think.
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Virgin Islands or West Indian Coleslaw with Raisins
- 2 large carrots (grated)
- 1/2 cabbage (grated)
- 1/4 cup grated white onion
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp sugar (or according to taste)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- In large bowl add shredded cabbage, carrots, grated onion, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and fresh cracked pepper.
- Mix well
- Fold in raisins last.
- Taste for seasoning.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hours before serving
- Serve chilled
Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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Original published: May 27, 2013. Latest update 4/2018. Updated for photos 5/4/2021