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Healthy coleslaw recipe

Healthy coleslaw recipe

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A vegan friendly coleslaw! Chopped cabbage is tossed with diced tomato, orange juice, lime juice and seasoned. It's a great, light and healthy alternative to traditional coleslaw.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 150g cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 125ml fresh orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Toss the cabbage and tomato together in a bowl. Pour the orange and lime juices over the mixture. Season with salt and pepper; stir.

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by Cheesecakemama

I liked the flavors together and this is very healthy. I think I will like it better in the morning. This is so much better after it sits over night. I will add more veggies and some other spices like cilantro next time too. Thanks for the idea, love the orange and lime together.-03 Apr 2008

by guitargirl576

I really enjoyed this salad, but tweaked it just a little. I added some diced onion along with some strawberries to compliment the lime juice. Next time I will also add some cilantro for a little more flavor. Great recipe for a basic salad!-25 Apr 2008

by Annmarie Solis

This was very light and refreshing, I made it with a bag of confetti slaw (red cabbage, broccoli and carrots). I think it will be even better tomorrow-21 Apr 2008

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

With its itty bitty shreds of veggies and sweet creamy dressing, coleslaw is basically a salad designed to be loved by kids. And this particular healthy coleslaw recipe is equally designed for YOU, the one in charge of dinner!

So what makes this particular recipe so ideal? First, it uses regular bagged coleslaw mix from your produce department. You don’t have to fuss with whole veggies, though if you’re a stickler for freshness, you can certainly take home a cabbage and go to town with the shredder.

Second, the dressing for this coleslaw is beautifully basic, with just three main whole-food ingredients. (No mayo! No sugar!) So no matter how hectic your next weeknight family dinner is, you’ll be able to whip this recipe into shape and have a fresh, nourishing side dish with a little more zing than frozen peas.

Speaking of sides, let’s talk about pairings. This healthy coleslaw recipe tastes great beside grilled chicken, steak, or baked beans. Or try piling this slaw on top of Instant Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Like all coleslaw recipes, this one tastes best the day it’s made. So go ahead, have a second serving.

How to make this easy coleslaw salad recipe

Simply slice and shred the vegetables, then toss with a creamy homemade dressing. It only takes about 15 minutes!


  • White cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • Green onions, thinly sliced

Homemade dressing

  • Mayonaisse, preferably homemade
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper


Mix the dressing

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to combine.

You can also whisk everything together in a bowl if that’s easier.

Prep the vegetables

Slice the cabbage and green onions, then peel and shred the carrot.

Add the cabbage and carrots to a large bowl and mix until well combined.

Finish and serve

Then, pour the dressing over the bowl and toss to coat. Top with green onions.

You can serve it immediately, but it’s best if you let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This way the vegetables can soak in the dressing and all of the flavors will combine.

How Long Will Coleslaw Last in the Refrigerator?

Coleslaw has the best flavor and texture if you serve it the day it’s made, but it will keep for a few days in the fridge. The longer it sits, the more liquid there will be, so you may need to drain some of it off.

This Healthy Coleslaw goes well with barbecue or fried fish. I serve mine with my Quinoa Salmon Cakes for lunch yesterday, and they were delish together! I skipped the sauce with that recipe since we were having the coleslaw.

Picking Your Cabbage

Of course, you can definitely shred your own cabbage from your garden or the farm market. That would be fabulous, for sure!

But, to save time, I often just grab the pre-shredded, bagged stuff.

As you can see in our photos, my family especially likes to use the coleslaw blends that have some carrots and purple cabbage mixed in. Not only does that offer a little diversity in the veggie nutrition we’re getting, but it’s also just a lot prettier!

  1. Mix the mustard, Greek yogurt, and vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Slowly whisk in the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the cabbages, carrots, fennel seeds, jalapeños (if using), and dressing in a large bowl. Toss so that everything is evenly coated and season with more salt and pepper.

Eat This Tip

So now that you've got some healthy coleslaw, what are you going to put it on? Coleslaw classically is paired with a hot dog (or two), but to keep your meal a healthy one, you'll want to be careful about the kind of meat you choose. That doesn't mean you have to cut out the franks all together, but when you're selecting the brand make sure to pick brands that make their ingredients clear and don't add a bunch of extra artificial flavors. Wellshire Farms and Oscar Meyers are both great options that are readily available in more grocery stores.

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Healthy Coleslaw

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Healthy Coleslaw is the same creamy and crunchy side dish you love made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. With a 5 minute prep time!

This no mayo Coleslaw is the ultimate light Side Dish to bring to your next potluck or Summer cookout that you can serve along with other chilled sides like Quick Korean Pickles.


This easy Coleslaw recipe is full of refreshing tangy flavor. It’s sure to become your new go-to Summer side dish! The total time for this recipe is a little over two hours, but most of that is just leaving the coleslaw in the fridge. Simply toss the ready-made, store-bought coleslaw mix in a large bowl with the light vinegar and greek yogurt dressing, and your work is done until you take it out of the fridge to serve!

Unlike many mayo coleslaws, this Healthy Coleslaw recipe is full of creamy goodness without the high calorie count you’re used to with coleslaws. Without the mayo, coleslaw is an easy side you can serve with plenty of dinners or over a sandwich without any worries about it being unhealthy!

No mayo coleslaw gives you the health benefits of green and purple cabbage and all the flavor without the mayo. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, just like kale and arugula. These vegetables are usually rich in minerals like folate and vitamin K, and cabbage is no exception. With it’s light dressing this coleslaw recipe is just as healthy as any salad.


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Want to Add Mayonnaise?

If you are missing the mouth feel of mayonnaise you can sub 1/4 cup of the greek yogurt for light mayonnaise. Just that small amount of mayonnaise will add the richness you know and love about classic coleslaw mixed with the acidic tang of vinegar.

Healthy Cole Slaw Recipe

I love making coleslaw as a side dish or for picnics, but it is not always considered part of a healthy meal. That is why I wanted to make sure I made a lighter, healthier version. And I have to say, this recipe tastes just as good as store bought, mayo heavy, creamy coleslaw without me having to worry that it isn’t something we should be eating. This healthy Coleslaw recipe is absolutely perfect.

How to cut cabbage for coleslaw

There are different types of cabbage, but cutting them is all basically the same. You want to remove the outside leaves that are roughed up or bruised. The cut the cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then you want to slice the quarters into thin shreds, how thick or thin you are cutting it will depend what you are making with it. When you are making coleslaw with the cabbage, you definitely want thin shreds for the best taste.

What is in Coleslaw Dressing?

There are 2 types of dressing that most coleslaw recipes use. One is a vinaigrette style dressing. The other, more common and what I like the best, is a creamy dressing that normally consists of mayo. In my recipe, I am using a creamy style dressing, but I skip the mayo and use my secret ingredient instead.

How Long Does Coleslaw Keep?

I like to make my coleslaw and serve it within a few hours. This is because normally, the salt and the vinegar that goes into the dressing, starts to break down the cabbage and pulls the water out of it. I will still eat the leftovers for a few days, u to 3, but it changes the consistency.

What To Eat with Coleslaw

I could eat coleslaw with almost anything. We eat it a lot with Ranch Burgers or as a side dish for Instant Pot Pot Roast and Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla. I also add it to my Blacked Fish Tacos.

Why does my Coleslaw get watery?

If the coleslaw is getting watery, it usually means that there is not enough dressing. The water naturally comes out of the cabbage and this will thin the dressing. If you do not have enough it will make the dressing watery and not nice and creamy.

How Many Weight Watchers Points in Coleslaw

When I am making this coleslaw recipe, I am making a point to use fat free Greek yogurt. This replaces the mayo and make the recipe much lighter.

This recipes comes in at 0 points on All Weight Watcher Plans. It is the perfect side dish.


Get the full list of ingredients, with measurements, and step by step directions at the bottom of the post in the printable recipe card.

  • Green cabbage
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Fat Free Greek yogurt – Learn How to Make Greek Yogurt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ground cumin
  • Spicy Dijon mustard
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make The Best Ever Coleslaw

In a large bowl, add the sliced cabbage and shredded carrots.

In a separate bow, combine the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, cumin, mustard and lime juice.

Pour the dressing over the veggies in the bowl and toss to combine.

Season with salt and pepper, stir, and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

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Recipe Summary

  • 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic.

In a large bowl, mix the green cabbage, red cabbage, napa cabbage, red bell peppers, carrots, green onions, and cilantro. Toss with the peanut butter mixture just before serving.

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe Variations

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe with Greek Yogurt

This recipe uses regular plain yogurt. For a protein boost, or to use whatever is in your fridge you can replace the regular yogurt with Greek yogurt. As Greek yogurt is naturally thicker, you make need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water of olive oil to thin out the dressing.

Crunchy Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

The addition of toasted almonds adds a nice crunch. For additional crunch, toss 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds in with the almonds and bake as per recipe instructions. Add the toasted sunflower seeds to the salad with the almonds.

Paleo Coleslaw Recipe

To make a paleo coleslaw recipe replace the yogurt with extra-virgin olive oil mayonnaise. Option to double the amount of almonds added to the recipe.

Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Add some natural sweetness to this recipe for something different. Core and thinly spice an apple and add to the prepared salad. Dress immediately to prevent the apple from browning.

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe No Sugar

This healthy coleslaw recipe uses the natural sugar from maple syrup for sweetness, which has a lesser effect on blood sugar levels than common white sugar. If you wish the salad to be completely sugar-free omit the maple syrup. Option to add some natural sweetness from fruit (see above).

Ingredients for Yogurt Based Coleslaw Dressing: Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Plain Yogurt, Seeded Mustard, Maple Syrup, Salt and Pepper.

Is Coleslaw Bad For You?

While coleslaw is veggie-packed, many recipes are drowning in dressing that contain more sugar and fat than necessary. The base of my dressing is my Homemade Mayonnaise (linked in the recipe), which is made from higher quality oils and contains no sugar. It’s much healthier than store-bought. So if you’ve never made mayo at home, you must give it a try. I also don’t add any dairy or extra sugar.

You can see that my cabbage is coated in the coleslaw dressing but it’s not swimming in dressing. This also keeps it healthier and with a little more crunch. That’s why you should make my version (wink). Cabbage is extremely healthy for you, so let’s keep this version of coleslaw that way too!