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Healthy Shredded Cabbage Salad Recipe

Here is a healthy shredded cabbage salad recipe without mayonnaise.  This quick coleslaw is low in fat and the perfect filler when hungry, but you don’t want to blow your eating plan. So instead, the recipe calls for a light coleslaw dressing containing apple cider vinegar that gives the slaw the perfect zing.

This tasty coleslaw recipe is the perfect addition for BBQs, picnics, and of course, work lunches!  You won’t feel guilty eating a big bowl of this fresh cabbage salad!

I could eat this coleslaw every day!  It is that good!

Coleslaw without Mayonnaise

Here’s What You’ll Need to Make This Mayo Free Coleslaw

You won’t need anything special to make this recipe, just standard kitchen items.

  • Cutting board
  • Chefs knife
  • Big bowl
  • Tongs
  • Ziplock bags for storage (I like to take this low-calorie coleslaw to work in a ziplock bag)

Shredded Cabbage Salad Ingredients

  • Cabbage head
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Oil (avocado or your favorite)
  • Sugar substitute
  • Dijon mustard (I love Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

How to Make Healthy Coleslaw

Combine the low-calorie coleslaw dressing ingredients in a small bowl or glass jar.  Stir to blend and set aside.

Chop one whole cabbage and half a red onion.  If the entire cabbage doesn’t fit, add what you can to the bowl.  The cabbage will reduce after the dressing is added, and there will be room to add more cabbage to the bowl.

healthy coleslaw recipe

Add dressing to the cabbage bowl.

Light Coleslaw Dressing

With tongs, toss the shredded cabbage salad to combine.

Shredded Cabbage Salad Recipe

Let the cabbage salad sit for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to combine and for the cabbage to release its juices.


*** This recipe is inspired by Everyday Coleslaw from, which you will find here.

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Shredded Cabbage Salad Recipe

Shredded Cabbage Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Here is a healthy shredded cabbage salad recipe without mayonnaise.  This quick coleslaw is low in fat, and the perfect filler when you are hungry but don't want to blow your eating plan. 


  • 1 ea cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 ea red onion, chopped

Light Coleslaw Dressing No Mayo

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil, I use avocado oil
  • ½ tea sugar substitute, I use Swerve
  • 1 tea dijon mustard, I recommend Trader Joes
  • ½ tea salt
  • ½ tea garlic powder
  • ½ tea black pepper


  1. Mix coleslaw dressing ingredients in a jar or small bowl.
  2. Chop cabbage and onion. Please in a large bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over and toss to combine.
  4. Let the cabbage salad sit out for 15 minutes before eating.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 servings Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 80Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 4gNet Carbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 1g

What to Eat with Coleslaw

Coleslaw also goes wonderfully with:

  • Fried chicken
  • Hamburgers
  • Sandwiches
  • Fish sticks
  • Smoked meats
  • BBQ’d everything
  • I ate this shredded cabbage salad with a bunless keto-friendly chili dog.
What to Eat with Coleslaw

More Great Cabbage Recipes

Can I Use Cabbage Instead of Lettuce in Salad?

Yes!  I love using cabbage in salads.

  • Cabbage is chewier, so you feel like you are eating more than you are.
  • Cabbage keeps longer in the refrigerator. So whenever I go shopping, I always buy at least two heads of cabbage for the week.  I don’t have a plan for the cabbage when I’m buying it, but cabbage is so versatile that I always find a way to use it.
  • Cabbage has more vitamins and minerals than lettuce.
  • Cabbage holds up better in premade salads than lettuce.

Health Benefits of Eating Cabbage

Is Coleslaw Good For You?

Not all coleslaw is good for you. This healthy coleslaw recipe is low in carbs and calories. You can eat high volumes of this coleslaw recipe.

How to Chop Cabbage Like a Pro

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