Healthy Coleslaw (No Mayonnaise!)

This healthy coleslaw recipe is light, nutrient-dense, and full of fresh, crunchy flavor. If you’re looking for a no-mayonnaise coleslaw recipe that won’t disappoint, here it is!

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I’ve never really been a big fan of coleslaw. It’s too creamy, too cloying, and I feel like each bite is a million calories thanks to all that mayonnaise. Not the calories that make it worth it like an amazing brownie, but the ones that you regret with every bite.

This healthy coleslaw is a different story, however. This is a mayonnaise-free coleslaw tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing that brings out the best in all the vegetarian ingredients.

And let’s talk about those vegetables! I had kale, purple cabbage and carrots in my fridge so that’s what I used and it turned out fabulous. I mean, just look in colors! These three vegetables also bring plenty of crunch and fresh flavor to the mix, along with plenty of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.

This healthy coleslaw recipe is that coleslaw. The coleslaw that goes well with everything. I’ve made it so many times and I’m actually resisting the temptation to do it again now because the ingredients are in my fridge and it takes Just 5 minutes.

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Notes on ingredients

Please note that this is important ingredient and instruction information and the FULL recipe with quantities and details is BELOW (scroll down to it) in the recipe card.

  • kale – You can use kale or lacinato.
  • Grated carrots – Save prep time and buy them pre-shredded, or save money and shred your own. It’s yours!
  • Shredded purple/red cabbage
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Raw cane sugar – You can also substitute coconut sugar or just use granulated sugar.
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

How to Make Healthy Coleslaw

This healthy coleslaw only takes minutes to prepare if you use pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Prepare. Rinse, dry and slice all the vegetables.

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Combine. Add the vegetables to a large mixing bowl, along with the rest of the ingredients. Toss to coat, then season to taste.

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Rest. If you have time, let your slaw sit on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to an hour. This allows all the flavors to mix!

tips for success

Making healthy coleslaw without mayonnaise is easy, but these simple tips will help you make sure Perfect:

  • Clean the kale well. Kale, especially kale, can hide grains in its leaves, so be sure to rinse it well.
  • Dry the vegetables. If water still sticks to the vegetables when you toss them, your dressing will be diluted and your slaw will be soggy.
  • Move forward with the preparation. Making this coleslaw for a party? I recommend prepping the vegetables ahead of time (if you haven’t already purchased them pre-shredded) and then making the slaw an hour before eating.
Salad tongs removing some of the mayonnaise-free coleslaw from the glass mixing bowlSalad tongs removing some of the mayonnaise-free coleslaw from the glass mixing bowl

Variants

There are many ways to make this healthy coleslaw recipe your own. Here are some ideas:

  • Swap the apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar and add a little toasted sesame oil for a little Asian-inspired touch.
  • Add flaked almonds for a little crunch.
  • Add some green onions for a tangier flavor.
  • Switch up the vegetables and try adding radishes, julienned broccoli stems, or grated golden beets.
  • Add another texture and a little sweetness by adding cranberries or raisins.
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Presentation suggestions

What I love most about this healthy coleslaw is its versatility. They range from Tex-Mex to easy-to-make Asian dishes. Try it with crispy cauliflower tacos, quinoa cauliflower burgers, spring rolls, and even with enchiladas.

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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PS Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you want to use them too:

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Healthy Coleslaw

This no-mayonnaise coleslaw recipe is crunchy, fresh, and has an irresistibly tangy dressing—no mayonnaise needed!

  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups shredded purple/red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
  • sea ​​salt and ground black pepper to season
  • 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Store leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Calories: 89kilocalories, Carbohydrates: teng, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated fat: 1g, Sodium: 95mg, Potassium: 326mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 9690UI, Vitamin C: 46mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1mg

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