Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

HEALTHY COLESLAW RECIPE

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Welcome to your new favorite healthy coleslaw recipe! This easy, homemade coleslaw comes together in minutes with a creamy, classic dressing that is lightened up with 0-fat Greek yogurt. It’s the ultimate side dish for potlucks, BBQs, picnics, and parties, and it pairs wonderfully with just about any meal. Using a bag of coleslaw mix makes preparation effortless, featuring green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots for a crisp and colorful bite that complements any dish. We hope you savor every bite of this timeless classic coleslaw!

Why You Will Love This Coleslaw

  • This recipe is easy to make with a bag of coleslaw mix.
  • It’s delicious and comes together so quickly! It only takes about 5 minutes to make!
  • It tastes like classic coleslaw while being healthy!
  • It’s refreshing, crunchy, light, tangy, creamy, and has just the right amount of sweetness.
  • We made an incredibly flavorful coleslaw dressing.
  • The base of the dressing is 0-fat Greek yogurt, which lightens this recipe up. 
  • This coleslaw recipe has no added sugar! Also, there is no olive oil in this recipe!
  • There’s only a tablespoon of mayonnaise, which is optional. You can easily make this recipe mayo-free.

What Is Coleslaw?

Coleslaw is a salad made from shredded raw cabbage. It is either mixed with a creamy dressing or vinaigrette. The creamy dressing usually consists entirely of mayonnaise, but we made a healthier version using Greek yogurt.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for healthy coleslaw recipe
  • Coleslaw Mix: Use a bag of coleslaw mix. It should contain shredded green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots. Don’t buy a coleslaw kit, as we made a homemade dressing. If you prefer, you can shred the cabbage and carrots yourself.
  • Greek Yogurt: The base of the dressing is plain 0-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise: We added a tablespoon of mayonnaise for creaminess and depth of flavor. To keep this recipe mayo-free, omit the mayonnaise and just use the yogurt.
  • Vinegar: We made this recipe with champagne vinegar. It truly up-levels the dressing! It is sweeter than apple cider vinegar and white wine vinegar, no sugar is needed.
  • Mustard: Add stone-ground mustard or Dijon mustard to the dressing for another layer of flavor.
  • Onion Powder: The onion powder adds additional flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add salt and pepper to the dressing.
  • Celery Seed: As an option, add some celery seeds.

How To Make This Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

Step 1: Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl.

Step 2: Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, optional mayonnaise, champagne vinegar, mustard, onion powder, salt, pepper, and optional celery seed to a separate bowl.

Coleslaw dressing ingredients in bowl

Then, thoroughly mix the dressing.

Mixed coleslaw dressing in bowl

Step 3: Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mix.

Dressing in bowl with coleslaw mix

After that, toss the coleslaw mix in the dressing.

Tossed coleslaw in bowl

What To Serve With Coleslaw

This healthy coleslaw is the perfect side dish to bring to potlucks and barbecues. You can also enjoy it with your favorite summer dishes. It’s a wonderful topping for burgers, BBQ chicken, or pulled pork sandwiches. Also, it’s a great topping for hot dogs and fish tacos, such as our air fryer shrimp tacos.

Coleslaw in bowl

Expert Tips

  • Combine The Dressing: Thoroughly mix the dressing so all the ingredients are combined.
  • Toss To Coat: Thoroughly toss the coleslaw mix in the dressing so it is evenly coated.
  • Make More Coleslaw: You can double this recipe to make more coleslaw.
  • Coleslaw Mix To Buy: Look for a coleslaw mix that contains shredded green and red cabbage, and carrots. We used a 9-ounce bag of coleslaw mix from Trader Joe’s.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Don’t freeze coleslaw.

Coleslaw Variations

  • Add Celery Seed: If you want, add 1/2 teaspoon of celery seeds.
  • Shred The Cabbage: If you don’t want to use a bag of coleslaw mix, you can shred the cabbage and carrots yourself. Shred one head of green cabbage, one head of red cabbage, and 2-3 carrots. You can shred the cabbage by thinly slicing it with a knife or using a mandolin. To shred the carrots, grate them with a box grater or buy pre-shredded carrots. If you shred the ingredients yourself, double the dressing as it will make more coleslaw.
  • Champagne Vinegar Substitution: If you don’t have champagne vinegar, substitute it with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. 
  • Add Sweetness: If you prefer your coleslaw sweet, add one to two teaspoons of honey, maple syrup, sugar, or a sugar-free sweetener.
  • Coleslaw Without Mayonnaise: You can omit the optional mayonnaise from this recipe to make it mayo-free.
  • Add Mayonnaise: If you prefer a coleslaw with more mayo, replace some of the Greek yogurt with mayonnaise.
  • Fruit: Add one diced apple to this coleslaw. Or, add a few tablespoons of finely chopped dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins.
  • Add Nuts and Seeds: For added texture and flavor, add some nuts and seeds. Some options are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or slivered almonds.
  • Onion: You can mix in the green parts of some sliced green onions for another flavor.
  • Make It Spicy: Add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper or some finely diced jalapeño pepper to make this coleslaw spicy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Coleslaw Healthy?

While cabbage is low in calories and healthy, traditional coleslaw usually contains a dressing consisting of a lot of sugar and mayonnaise. We have lightened it up and made it healthy using nonfat Greek yogurt and only a small amount of mayonnaise, which is optional. There is no added sugar in this recipe. Also, it’s low in calories and fat compared to classic creamy coleslaw.

How Long Does Coleslaw Last?

This coleslaw is best enjoyed within three days. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge so it stays fresh.

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HEALTHY COLESLAW RECIPE

Recipe by Shawna
0.0 from 0 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

42

kcal

Welcome to your new favorite healthy coleslaw recipe! This easy homemade coleslaw comes together in minutes with a creamy Greek yogurt dressing.

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Ingredients

  • 9 oz bag of coleslaw mix (with shredded green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots)

  • 1/2 CUP 0-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, optional

  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar, can sub white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon or stone-ground mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, optional

Directions

  • Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl.
  • Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, optional mayonnaise, champagne vinegar, mustard, onion powder, salt, pepper, and optional celery seed to a separate bowl. Then, thoroughly mix the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mix. After that, toss the coleslaw mix in the dressing. Then, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • WW Points™: 0 points per serving
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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories42
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.1g 0%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 1mg 1%
  • Sodium 189mg 8%
  • Potassium 151mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6.9g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.2g 8%
    • Sugars 4.5g
  • Protein 4g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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