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Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

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Create this healthy coleslaw recipe in minutes with the help of pre-made coleslaw mix and a simple, tasty dressing.

bowl of healthy coleslaw with serving spoon

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.

healthy coleslaw serving bowl with two dishes

What Makes this Coleslaw Recipe Healthy?

Let’s be real: any time our kids want to dig in to a heap of raw vegetables, we’re psyched. Fresh, crunchy cabbage and carrots shine bright in just about all coleslaw recipes, and this one is no exception. All those veggies serve up super nutrition like Vitamins K, C, and A, plus fiber and antioxidants kids’ bodies need to support long term health.

What makes this coleslaw recipe unique is that you mix up the simple dressing entirely from minimally-processed, whole-food ingredients. That means no mayo or refined sugar whatsoever.

Instead, you’ll whisk together plain yogurt with cider vinegar and a touch of honey to get that trifecta of creamy, tangy, and sweet that a good coleslaw MUST have.

kid sized dish of healthy coleslaw

Healthy Coleslaw Connection

If you and your kids really like coleslaw (or are practicing liking it!) check out some more healthy coleslaw recipes below. Both of these recipes are also mayo-free and sweetened without sugar.

Mayo-Free Coleslaw with Cranberries and Herbs

Aye Caramba! Coleslaw


small bowl of healthy coleslaw


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Tangy Homemade Coleslaw

Tangy Homemade Coleslaw has a crunchy burst of flavor and texture with every bite. It's made with fresh cabbage, carrots, thinly sliced red onion and a tangy, vibrant dressing.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 154kcal


Tangy Dressing


  • Thinly slice both green and red cabbage and add to a large bowl. Thinly slice red onion and add to the bowl.
  • To julienne carrots, use a julienne peeler, or julienne attachment for your mandolin. You can also use a sharp knife and cut each carrot into 3 bigger pieces. Cut each piece in half so that there is a flat side. Place the flat side of the carrot down, and cut into very thin strips. Voila! You have julienne carrots. Add to the bowl with the cabbage.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey, vinegar, celery seed, salt and pepper. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but not longer than 2 hours to let the flavors combine. If you mix it more than two hours before you are ready to serve, the veggies can get watery.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3941IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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