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.

The most obvious way to cut down on calories and total fat in coleslaw is to swap the creamy dressing for a vinegar-based one however some people may still crave that creamy mouthfeel of traditional coleslaw. This recipes uses a combination of low fat plain Greek yogurt and a touch of mayonnaise to maintain the coleslaw's creamy texture and a bit of the mayonnaise flavor but significantly reduce calories and fat. This recipe does not call for any added sugar so if you like a sweeter variation, add a handful of dried fruit such as raisins or currants or even fresh fruit such as sliced granny smith apple for some natural sugar and nutritional boost!

This recipe is great way to get a healthy dose of cruciferous vegetables; in addition to its anti-cancer properties cabbage is a source of Vitamin C (particularly when eaten raw), Vitamin K, and folate. This dish can be a side dish or even a crunchy topping for a sandwich or salad.


  • 1/2 lb shredded cabbage (red or green or mix of both)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and celery seed together. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss to combine so dressing evenly coats cabbage. You may want to mix half of the cabbage and dressing at a time to make it easier.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add shredded carrots or shredded broccoli stems to the cabbage mix for a variety in texture, color and natural sweetness. You can just cut down the cabbage amount proportionally.
  • Add thinly sliced red onion for a flavor variation which will make this more savory but not overpowering.
  • Add raisins or dried currants for a sweeter variation with naturally occurring sugar.


  • It is easiest to use your hands to mix the dressing in with the cabbage; make sure you wash hands thoroughly before mixing or use gloves if you have them on hand.
  • This can be made 1-2 days in advance, keeping in mind that the cabbage will start to break down and wilt as it sits so will just lose some of its crunchiness overtime but will still taste great.

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