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Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever (no mayo!)

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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with the superfood underdog, aka red cabbage. I’m not sure when my cabbage obsession started (maybe it was with this salad), but I’m pretty sure now that basically everything needs cabbage.Including this epic healthy coleslaw recipe.

Both red and green cabbage promote a healthy gut (something we’ve been focusing on lately), fight inflammation, boost immunity, and are packed with nutrients your body needs. Cabbage field party.

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What I like about cabbage isn’t just the nutritional aspect. Gives salads and coleslaw a nice crunch. It’s addictive and you can’t help but incorporate it into your recipes.

Is coleslaw good for your health?

Coleslaw actually consists of a bunch of crunchy, colorful vegetables, but traditional coleslaw recipes are usually covered with a dressing made of mayonnaise and sugar. This healthy paleo coleslaw recipe omits mayonnaise entirely and tosses all the gorgeous veggies in a tangy, slightly sweet dressing made with apple cider vinegar and simple ingredients, making the coleslaw vegan and dairy-free. I’m trying

Fun facts: I have loved coleslaw since I was little. If it were me, I’d ask for a large serving with plenty of black pepper. Dad made a homemade version with lots of mayonnaise. This version isn’t for dads, but it’s for all millennials. Huh.

Coleslaw ingredients on cutting board

healthy coleslaw ingredients

This incredibly healthy coleslaw recipe uses fresh ingredients to create a crunchy, bright, gut-friendly coleslaw without mayonnaise or sugar. Not your typical coleslaw. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and better than that sticky white cole slaw served in restaurants. you will need:

  • production: I love using both red and green cabbage to add crunchy texture and different flavors. I also add shredded carrots, jalapenos for some spice, scallions for a little kick, and fresh cilantro.
  • nuts: i like to add both pumpkin seeds (roasted pumpkin seeds) and toasted slices almond Delivers a nice extra crunch to all your veggies.
  • Olive oil: a little Olive oil It helps coat all the fancy veggies in the coleslaw with a “dressing.”
  • Apple cider vinegar: use apple cider vinegar Adds a tangy, savory flavor to coleslaw recipes. It’s also great for gut health!
  • Pure maple syrup: Instead of using granulated sugar like in traditional coleslaw recipes, we use just a little bit. pure maple syrup Lightly sweeten the coleslaw. Adjust according to your sweetness preference.
  • garlic: A touch of garlic flavor enhances this healthy coleslaw.
  • cayenne pepper: add a pinch Cayenne Feel free to omit if you want a little more heat.
  • Salt and pepper: To bring all the flavors together.

Add coleslaw ingredients to bowl before mixing

The healthiest coleslaw in 4 easy steps

  1. Add all coleslaw ingredients except pepita, almonds, and dressing to a large bowl.
  2. Place dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Place the coleslaw in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors marinate.
  4. Add pepita and toasted almonds and mix before serving.

storage tips

This easy and healthy coleslaw can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Marinating the coleslaw gives it more flavor, making it a great make-ahead recipe for picnics and barbecues.

Healthy coleslaw mixed with two spoons in a bowl

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Healthy coleslaw in a bowl with a fork

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The Healthiest Coleslaw Ever (No Mayonnaise!)

Healthy coleslaw in a bowl with a fork

Fresh purple cabbage, carrots, cilantro and jalapeno peppers make this super healthy coleslaw. No mayonnaise or sugar, just a dressing that’s naturally sweetened with a hint of tangy maple syrup. This simple, healthy coleslaw recipe is vegan, paleo, dairy-free, and perfect for your favorite grill recipe all summer long.


  • For throw:
  • 1/2
    medium purple cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 1/2
    medium green cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 2
    heap of shredded carrots
  • 1
    finely chopped coriander
  • 1
    jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1/2
    green onion (green part only)
  • 1/2
    pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4
    toasted sliced ​​almonds
  • About dressing:
  • 3
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2
    pure maple syrup, depending on slaw sweetness preference
  • 1
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4
    tea spoon
    cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2
    tea spoon
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients for slaw except almonds and pepita to a large bowl.

  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Pour over coleslaw and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors marinate.

  3. Sprinkle with toasted sliced ​​almonds and pepita before serving. Toss again and serve.

Recipe memo

How to store coleslaw: This coleslaw can be stored in the refrigerator, sealed, for up to 5 days. Coleslaw is a great pre-made recipe for picnics and barbecues, as marinating it will enhance its flavor.


Portion: 8 servings

Serving size: 1 serving

calorie: 140kcal

obesity: 8.8g

saturated fat: 1g

carbohydrates: 14.5g

fiber: 4.6g

sugar: 8.4g

protein: 4g

Recipe: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photographer: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on May 18, 2020 and republished on May 25, 2023.

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