Summer is here and it's time for our favorite summertime dishes - this healthy coleslaw recipe being one that everyone always loves! Whether I'm whipping up a quick batch for dinner here or sharing it at picnics and BBQs with friends, this recipe for healthy coleslaw is one you are going to want to add to your rotation.
Dressed with mayo, greek yogurt, and vinegar, this healthy coleslaw recipe is gluten-free and low in fat. Some easy substitutions (included below) will also have you creating a vegan or keto-friendly version of this homemade coleslaw in no time.
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If you love this recipe for healthy coleslaw be sure to check out these other fantastic slaw and salad recipes: bacon curry coleslaw, broccoli cauliflower salad, and Mexican street corn salad.
Serve your homemade coleslaw with crockpot Hawaiian pulled pork, instant pot pulled pork (recipe coming this week) for sliders, or baby back oven baked ribs.
Healthy Coleslaw-Why Make It?
Our family has recently subscribed to a local CSA, which is a delivery of local produce from local farms. I love getting my boxes of fresh produce delivered right to my door and being able to support local farms at the same time.
However, we don't always know what is coming in our weekly delivery and we do not want to waste any of these delicious vegetables that come straight to our doorstep. So, we have had to rework our weekly meal-planning slightly to ensure we can enjoy what arrives.
For the past 4-weeks in a row, cabbage has been in abundance in our boxes and one of the best uses of cabbage is coleslaw. Whether we are making this healthy coleslaw recipe, trying out this bacon curry coleslaw, or enjoying a Thai coleslaw, there is always a twist to be had so coleslaw is not always just a coleslaw.
Why This Recipe Works
- Fresh coleslaw is a cold and refreshing treat on warm summer days.
- Combining mayo, Greek yogurt, and vinegar gives you that tangy flavor you know and love, without being overly tart.
- Your choice of sweetener means you can control the sugar content in the final product to fit your eating and dietary preferences.
Whether you opt to buy a head of cabbage or a prechopped package is up to you. Just be sure you are looking for the freshest cabbage you can find. Mustard is a must to help keep the dressing tangy, along with the lemon, yet the sweetener helps take the edge off and provides a balance you will truly love.
- 1 bag shredded coleslaw mix
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 teaspoon sweetener (honey, monk fruit, erythritol, maple syrup)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup mayo (no sugar added)
Lakanto natural sugar substitute made from monk fruit is our go-to low carb sweetener, it's cheapest directly on their website. Our reader coupon code to get 15% off is: WLY15. Swerve that's made from erythritol, found online or in many grocery stores, is another alternative.
We recommend using a high-quality mayo brand, our favorite is Primal Kitchen organic avocado oil mayonnaise.
Healthy Slaw Recipe Steps
If you are using a fresh head of cabbage you are going to want to wash, dry, and chop it. Bagged cabbage will be ready to use.
To make your dressing combine the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey (or sweetener of choice), salt, mayo, and yogurt in a serving bowl. Wisk to thoroughly combine.
Add your prepared cabbage to the dressing mix, tossing to evening distribute the dressing on the cabbage. Coleslaw is best served when it has been refrigerated for 1-2 hours. You may be tempted to skip this (and I have in a pinch) but for best flavor, let the cabbage and dressing chill for at least an hour. Your patience will be rewarded. 😉
- Always opt for the freshest cabbage you can find.
- Instead of a bag of shredded coleslaw mix, you can use ½ of a head of cabbage and 1 carrot.
- Because this coleslaw recipe contains both mayo and yogurt, don't leave it out for too long when at picnics and BBQs.
- Feel free to double this recipe for group gatherings!
If you are following a specific eating plan, this healthy coleslaw recipe may not fit. In order to accommodate, here are some easy adaptions you can make to enjoy this homemade coleslaw recipe.
Keto/low carb- Swap honey or maple syrup for monk fruit or erythritol. Use full-fat Greek yogurt and sugar-free mayo.
Vegan- Use a plant-based substitution for the Greek yogurt and a vegan-friendly mayo.
How Long Does Coleslaw Keep?
Store any leftover coleslaw covered and in your refrigerator. This healthy coleslaw recipe will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge. If separation occurs, simply stir to combine before serving.
What to Serve with Healthy Coleslaw?
Coleslaw is a versatile side dish that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you are serving it beside your favorite dishes or on top, this healthy coleslaw recipe will make your summer meals perfect.
- Pulled or shredded pork
- Shredded chicken
- Ribs of all kinds (boneless, bone-in, baby-back) (Check out these Instant Pot and oven baby back rib recipes!)
- Shredded jackfruit (a great vegan alternative to shredded pork)
Complete your summer meal with this easy instant pot corn on the cob recipe.
Other Salad Recipes You'll Love
- Antipasto Salad
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Beet Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta
- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
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