Healthy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

By Rena |

This homemade coleslaw salad recipe is easy to make and made with a healthy creamy dressing that’s made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise. A Fresh and refreshing healthy salad that is perfect for every occasion and better than store-bought. Ready in just 20 minutes.

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Ditch store-bought coleslaw for this delicious homemade coleslaw salad recipe. It is perfectly healthy and made without any mayo. You will need a handful of simple ingredients and in 20 minutes you will have the best coleslaw salad recipe ready to be served. Perfect to enjoy as a side dish or appetizer. If you have a make an easy salad dish for a potluck or gathering? Then this creamy coleslaw salad recipe is just a perfect choice. You will need cabbage, shredded carrots, and sliced onions to make this coleslaw recipe along with a simple homemade coleslaw dressing. You will now enjoy a simple and tasty creamy coleslaw salad with less than 50 calories per serving! This healthy coleslaw salad can easily be made vegan by using dairy-free yogurt!

Why you will love this homemade coleslaw salad

  • Simple and easy: You will need a handful of ingredients to make this creamy colelsaw salad. Plus it is very easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes.
  • Healthy and good for you: Made with a healthy dressing that does not require any mayonnaise.
  • Perfect for gatherings and potlucks: This healthy coleslaw salad recipe is a great option to make and take to any gathering or putluck.
  • Better than storebought: After you have this coleslaw salad, you will never get store-bought coleslaw again.
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Ingredients you will need to make this creamy coleslaw recipe

  • Cabbage: use white cabbage. The thinner you slice the cabbge the better. You could also mix in some purple cabbage.
  • Shredded Carrots: You may use shredded store-bought cabbage but we do prefer that you shred your own at home. The thinner the better. Plus they are tastier.
  • Onion: use white sweet onions or cooking onions. For a less intense onion taste, go with white sweet.
  • Yogurt: we used Greek yogurt, but you can use plain yogurt too. For a vegan option, use dairy-free yogurt.
  • Garlic: use fresh garlic cloves. Do not try to use garlic powder.
  • Dijon mustard Prefered over yellow mustard. You may also use honey dijon.
  • Vinegar: use appale cider vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
ingredients to make coleslaw salad

How to make this homemade healthy coleslaw salad

Place the prepped veggies into a large salad bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over the veggies and thoroughly toss well to combine.

shredded carrots, shredded cabbage and sliced onions in a white bowl

I recommend refrigerating it for 1 hour prior to serving; that’ll allow the flavors to meld and the cabbage to tenderize.

How to make the healthy coleslaw dressing

Ingredients for the coleslaw dressing:

  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • one garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Optional: I sometimes love adding a bit of honey. If you like a bit of sweetness to offset the acidity, add 1 tbsp of honey.

In a bowl, add all the dressing ingredients. Mix until combined and then pour over the shredded salad. Mix the salad and serve.

yogurt dressing dollop over the shredded carrots and cabbage in a white bowl before tossing together

Frequently asked questions

Is coleslaw made of Mayo?

Yes. The traditional coleslaw salad is made with mayo or most recipes will call for the addition of mayonnaise. For a healthier version, we used Greek yogurt instead of Mayo. Plain yogurt may also be used.

Is coleslaw healthy to eat?

Coleslaw CAN be made healthy! You can swap the unhealthy ingredients usually found in coleslaw like Mayonnaise with Greek or plain yogurt to cut down on the calories and fat. Instead of adding sugar, you can either skip or add some honey instead. Coleslaw is made of shredded veggies like cabbage and carrots which are high in fiber and nutrients. Good for you ingredients.

How long is coleslaw good for in the refrigerator?

Cole slaw can last up to 5 days in the fridge. Store them in a sealed container and enjoy the next day. You may serve them cold as a side dish.

Can you freeze coleslaw?

Some would say yes, you may freeze coleslaw. If you don’t mind your slaw being a bit soggy and runny after you thaw it, then sure you can freeze it if you have a lot of leftovers. We normally would prefer not to freeze coleslaw.

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What to serve with coleslaw

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Healthy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

This homemade coleslaw salad recipe is easy to make and made with a healthy creamy dressing that's made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise. A Fresh and refreshing healthy salad that is perfect for every occasion and better than store-bought.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cabbage shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium medium onion thinly sliced

Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the prepped veggies into a large salad bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over the veggies and thoroughly toss well to combine.
  • I recommend refrigerating it for 1 hour prior to serving; that’ll allow the flavors to meld and the cabbage to tenderize.

Notes

  • Use white cabbage 
  • Serving size: one cup
  • Consider adding one tablespoon of honey to balance out the acidity. Trus us on this one.
  • Yogurt: Use Greek or plain yogurt. A much better option than mayo. But if you prefer mayo, then use light.
  • Use fresh garlic cloves and not garlic powder
  • Thinly slice the carrots, onion, and cabbage
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Do not freeze.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3601IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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