Low-Calorie Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Cole Slaw
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Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 7 (1 cup each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

74 calories
4g fat
6g carbs
3g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 7 (1 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 197mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

We know an easy way to cut down on calories and fat in coleslaw is to swap the creamy dressing for a vinegar-based one. But there is still hope for those of us who crave the creamy version. Since the mayonnaise is the culprit, that's the ingredient to replace. By combining a reduced-fat mayo with Greek nonfat yogurt, you maintain the coleslaw's creamy texture and a bit of the mayonnaise flavor. If the end result is too tangy, however, add a little sugar to balance it out.

To make this coleslaw dressing even quicker, use a seasoning mix such as Penzey's buttermilk ranch seasoning. This coleslaw is great with barbecue or any grilled food. The cold creaminess is great up against hot BBQ spices.


  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Sugar to taste
  • 1 pound cabbage, shredded, or 1 bag coleslaw mix


  1. Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, and seasonings together in a liquid measuring cup. 

  2. Taste and balance the lemon juice, salt, and sugar to your own taste.

  3. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and pour over the dressing. You may want to mix half of the cabbage and dressing at a time to make it easier.

Other Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

A backyard barbecue isn't complete without a variety of side dishes. But many of them can be loaded with fat and calories. Here are a few healthy versions of summertime favorites.

  • Healthier BBQ beans - Bring these along with the coleslaw to your next picnic or cookout. They are perfect together!
  • Broccoli turkey bacon salad - Usually this traditional salad has a fair amount of sugar, but this recipe keeps the same flavors while reducing the sugar.
  • Cauliflower "potato" salad - No potatoes needed for this low-carb copy of a classic summer side dish.  You will definitely get compliments if you bring this to a picnic!
  • Low-carb four bean salad - Filled with beans with low amounts of starch, and a dressing that's been "de-sugared," this four bean salad gets a healthy makeover.

And if you feel like your cookouts are a carb-fest, learn some tips and get inspired with these summer holiday ideas that cut down on the carbohydrates.

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