by Olena

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

by Olena

4.9 from 12 reviews

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

Healthy coleslaw recipe made with store bought slaw and homemade Greek yogurt dressing. Creamy, no mayo, easy and delicious! And if you cook this pot of healthy pulled pork, top with easy healthy coleslaw and serve on a fresh bun, everyone will love you even more. Trust me!

Made from scratch, with simple ingredients, in a slow cooker for 10 hours. Saucy, juicy and need I say more?! Just look at it…

pulled pork

Is Coleslaw Healthy?

It’s the dressing that gives coleslaw a bad rep. On its own, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable full of cancer fighting properties, vitamins K,C, B, fiber, potassium and folate. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, you just gotta “dress” it not with a cup of mayo.

Now having said that, I do consider a tablespoon or two of organic mayo here and there healthy.

Healthy Coleslaw Dressing Ingredients

  • Yogurt: Plain regular or Greek yogurt with fat content 3.5% and higher (whole or full fat). Please do not try 0% or 2% yogurt, recipe won’t work.
  • Maple Syrup: What’s good about maple syrup is that it’s runny and mixes easily. You can use honey, just make sure it’s runny and if it has solidified, “melt” in a microwave or on a stovetop.
  • Vinegar: Any vinegar except balsamic will work – white, white wine, red wine, apple cider vinegar.
  • Lemon: A touch of lemon or lime juice adds more acid and flavour. You can replace it with more vinegar.

How do you make healthy coleslaw dressing? Easy-peasy. Whisk all above mentioned ingredients in a medium size bowl with a fork.

Healthy Coleslaw ingredients on kitchen counter

Can I Use Green or Purple Cabbage?

If you are not a fan of bagged slaw, feel free to make your own. Shred about 6 cups of green or purple cabbage using a mandoline. Or if you are skilled enough, a sharp chef’s knife. Homemade slaw is more fresh, crunchy and juicy. I agree. Store bought mix is just convenient.

Is It a Make Ahead Slaw?

Yes. To prepare ahead, make the dressing and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, give it a stir and mix with a fresh bag of coleslaw.

Tip: Small bag (14-16 oz) serves 4 as a salad and makes about 12 healthy pulled pork sandwiches. For a larger crowd, buy bigger bag of cabbage and double the amount of healthy coleslaw dressing.

healthy coleslaw ingredients: apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, yogurt, lemon, coleslaw mix, pepper and salt

What to Serve Coleslaw With?

May you not forget that these delicious, healthy and juicy pulled pork sandwiches are waiting to be dolled up with your healthy no mayo coleslaw. There is also a video. Like you have no excuses now.

healthy pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw

More Crunchy Healthy Coleslaw Recipes to Try:


Healthy Coleslaw

4.9 from 12 reviews

Want creamy coleslaw and not eat a cup of mayo? Try my Healthy Coleslaw Recipe with Greek yogurt dressing and store bought coleslaw for convenience.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings as a salad or 12 in pulled pork sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 small bag of coleslaw (1 lb or 6 cups)*

Healthy Coleslaw Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup whole plain yogurt (I used 3.5%)**
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a small bowl, whisk Healthy Coleslaw Dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, add coleslaw and pour dressing over; gently toss. Let salad sit for 5 minutes to allow flavours to mingle, and toss again.
  3. Serve as a salad or I highly recommend to make my healthy pulled pork and top with this healthy coleslaw. Yum!

Store: Refrigerate dressing separately for up to 3 days and combine with coleslaw when ready to serve.


*For larger crowds double the recipe. **I tried using 2% yogurt and dressing wasn’t good, not to mention 0%. You can also use Greek yogurt but in any case, make sure to buy 3.5+% .

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This was fantastic! I am trying to lower my cholesterol so mayo is a no-no. I didn’t have high hopes since my regular coleslaw dressing is amazing (although now off-limits). It was sweet, tangy and tasty. Even my husband loved it. We will definitely be making this again!

  2. I made it with 11% Organic Krema plain yogurt and OMG. I am patting myself on the back. So good, and while it may be higher in fat than 3.5%, it is still a simple low ingredient count dressing. HIGHLY recommend a higher fat count yogurt. Thanks for this!

  3. Coleslaw turned out great! Substituted Turkey for pork in BBQ sand. for an even healthier option with low carb. wheat buns! Yum My family loved it.

  4. I used Greek yogurt. This was my first time to have slaw with a pulled pork sandwich…I’m a believer now!! Wow! Amazing!

  5. I frequently make coleslaw but never used anything but mayo. Your dressing made all the difference! Thanks!!

  6. I am going to make your coleslaw dressing today for Memorial day tomorrow. Sound perfect, as I don’t use mayo anymore.

  7. so nice to have creamy without a lot of heavy mayo .. thank you

  8. I went directly to the recipe and didn’t see your prior warning about the yogourt. I only had 2% and 0% Greek Total yogourt (from USA) and while I liked the taste, I disliked the texture very much.

    When you write using 0 or 2% yogourt won’t work, is it the texture that doesn’t work? If not, what doesn’t work?

    Thank you!

    1. 0% yogurt lacks flavor, creaminess and tastes chalky. That’s what you didn’t like, I think. Next time if you use 2% and still don’t like taste, add a few tbsp mayo and it should be good. 🙂

  9. WOW! I am a Southern-fried foodie that makes traditional coleslaw with my full-fat mayonnaise {don’t tell my cardiologist}.

    I tried this recipe using whole-milk Bulgarian yogurt…and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Although I will not give up my mayonnaise…this recipe will now always be In my bag of tricks!

    Wonderful flavor and consistency. I added shredded carrots.

    Much respect!

    Jeff in Houston

  10. Oleana, I’ll let you know how it goes tonight when this will be served along w/ the Nat’.l Football Game w/ Louisiana State Univ. & Clemson Univ. : )

  11. Thank you for this healthy recipe. It’s tangy, sweet, and salty…perfect for cole slaw, sandwiches, potato salad.

  12. I made this recipe, since my husband and I are trying to eat as ‘healthful’ as possible. It really was a wonderful change from past coleslaw I’ve made. The only thing I added was chopped gala apple, to add a little crunch to it. Wonderful!

  13. I appreciate the convenience of bagged coleslaw. Thank you for making eating healthy so easy for my family.

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