This creamy, healthy coleslaw is tangy, crunchy, and a little bit sweet but is significantly lighter on calories.
Spring is coming, friends. It’s so so so close. I know those of you in white-out areas of the country don’t believe me, but it’s just around the corner, I promise! Soon it will be a picnic, potluck, spring brunch, grilling season and I’m here for it. And this healthy coleslaw is the perfect side dish for any brunch or cookout. I’ve been making it for years as part of my pulled pork lettuce wraps.
Subbing just half the usual amount of mayo with yogurt cuts 600 calories but still maintains the mayo taste that is SO important to coleslaw. I know many healthy coleslaw recipes take out the mayo completely, but to me, it just never tastes quite right. This way is a happy medium, the recipe is lighter, but it still retains the traditional tangy, creamy taste of coleslaw. It’s the perfect compromise!
How to Make Healthy Coleslaw
The first step to making healthy coleslaw is to mix up a batch of my healthy coleslaw dressing. This creamy and tangy dressing is the secret to a delicious coleslaw.
Swaps & Substitutions
Tricolor Cabbage – tri-color cabbage mixes green cabbage, purple cabbage, and shredded carrots. If you can’t find it premixed, you can do 1/3 of each.
Mayo – If you want your healthy coleslaw to have a traditional taste, you don’t want to omit it. I recommend avocado oil mayo as a healthy option.
Plain Yogurt – you have the option of using dairy-free yogurt, plain yogurt, or greek yogurt here. If you use a dairy-free yogurt, make sure to use a neutral-tasting one. Something like coconut yogurt may impart a very coconutty taste that won’t jive with this recipe. I don’t recommend Greek yogurt because it is VERY tangy and will overpower the salad’s flavor, but if you are into that, you can go for it.
Honey – use brown rice syrup for vegan.
Celery Seed Powder – do not omit it. It’s essential to traditional coleslaw taste. I found it in the bulk section at my local natural grocery store.
Mustard Powder – do not omit it. Also, very important to traditional coleslaw taste.
How to Store Healthy Coleslaw
Store healthy coleslaw in the fridge for up to five days in an air-tight container. Also, check the expiration date on your yogurt and mayo. If those expire tomorrow, then your coleslaw expires tomorrow. You can also store the healthy coleslaw dressing separate from the veggies for a longer shelf-life!
What to Serve Healthy Coleslaw With:
- Any of these healthy spring brunch recipes
- Any of these healthy summer cookout recipes
- Healthy cornbread and healthy cornbread muffins
- Anything grilled like hot dogs, burgers, chicken, and steak
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- 8 cups tricolor cabbage mix*
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt* I used kite hill dairy free plain
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp celery seeds
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- Combine mayo, yogurt, honey, celery seed, and mustard powder in a bowl. Toss with tricolor cabbage and enjoy!8 cups tricolor cabbage mix*, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup plain yogurt*, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp celery seeds, 1/2 tsp mustard powder
We def need an alternative to the celery seed powder. I’m having quite a hard time finding it. Even at health food stores.
Kelli Shallal MPH RD says
Hi Cindy. After review of my pantry – this ingredient was entered wrong into the recipe card. It’s celery SEEDS not celery seed powder, no wonder you were having a hard time finding them. I’m so sorry for my error, thank you so much for commenting.