Want creamy coleslaw and not eat a cup of mayo? Try my easy Healthy Coleslaw recipe with Greek yogurt and store bought coleslaw for added convenience. It goes amazing with Instant Pot pulled pork!
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Healthy coleslaw recipe made with store bought slaw and easy Greek yogurt dressing. Creamy, just a touch of mayo, simple, quick and delicious salad recipe or side dish!
And if you slow cook a pot of healthy pulled pork, then top with this creamy coleslaw and serve on a fresh bun, everyone will love you even more. Trust me!
Is Coleslaw Healthy?
Yes, but it’s the dressing that gives coleslaw a bad rep. That is why I have chosen to use a mostly Greek yogurt slaw dressing to make this healthier, just like in my healthy Caesar dressing.
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 but not with a cup of mayo.
Now having said that, I do consider a tablespoon or two of organic mayo here and there healthy and this healthy coleslaw dressing is no exception. I also use a touch of mayo in my healthy chicken salad and tuna egg salad.
Ingredients in Healthy Coleslaw
This healthy coleslaw recipe uses fresh ingredients for a crunchy, colorful, and creamy salad with only a touch of mayo and no sugar.
- Bagged slaw or cabbage: For convenience, I use 1 lb bag of store bought slaw.
- Shred your own fresh cabbage: 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.
- Broccoli slaw: While this bagged slaw is not cabbage, it is very similar, has a ton of nutrients, and no one will ever guess!
- Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt with fat content of 2% or regular yogurt with 3.5% is best. This is to ensure expected creaminess. I tried using 0% yogurt and dressing was flat and chalky. You can even use homemade Instant Pot yogurt.
An Easy Healthy Substitution
- Dill or parsley (optional): Fresh herbs are absolutely optional and I add them only if they are in my veggie drawers. Just like with Instant Pot beef stew or chicken stew, fresh herbs take any dish to the next level.
- Mayo: Any mayo will work and is a must for that hint of creaminess. I use avocado oil mayonnaise.
- Salt and pepper: To season and taste.
How to Make Healthy Coleslaw
- Add all ingredients: In a large bowl, add coleslaw, dill (if using), Greek yogurt, mayo, salt and pepper. No need to whisk your easy healthy coleslaw dressing separately.
- Stir: Gently toss until combined, about 3-4 minutes. Usually tongs work the best!
- Chill: Refrigerate coleslaw salad for 5-30 minutes to allow flavours “to mingle”. Then toss again and serve.
I updated this recipe in December 2020 and there is full recipe card below, including old recipe.
Yes! Strips of colorful red bell pepper, peas, or even chopped celery. This is a great chance to use up vegetables in the refrigerator.
For additional ‘tang’ to the healthy coleslaw dressing add 1-2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice, or for a sweeter touch add apple cider vinegar.
You could use a non dairy yogurt and vegan mayo but taste will change. And unless you can find a Greek non dairy yogurt dressing will be thinner in consistency.
Can This Be Made Ahead?
Add all ingredients to a bowl and do not stir. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Combine when ready to serve.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container for up to 2 days. Give it a stir before serving.
This healthy coleslaw recipe makes 6 servings as a side salad and about 12 healthy pulled pork sandwiches. For a larger crowd at a potluck, buy bigger bag of cabbage and double the amount of healthy coleslaw dressing.
Here are more pairing ideas for healthy coleslaw:
More Cabbage Recipes
- Ukrainian dill coleslaw
- Braised cabbage with apples
- Savoy cabbage salad
- Asian chopped salad
- Cabbage stir fry
Also check out all my healthy salad recipes in case you are hosting or are invited. Don’t fret.
Easy Healthy Coleslaw with Greek Yogurt
- In a large bowl, add coleslaw, dill (if using), yogurt, mayo, salt and pepper.
- Gently toss until combined. Refrigerate coleslaw salad for 5-30 minutes to allow flavours "to mingle". Then toss and serve.
- Serve as a salad or I highly recommend to make my healthy pulled pork and top with this healthy slaw. Yum!
Store: Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container for up to 2 days.
Make ahead: Add all ingredients to a bowl and do not stir. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Combine when ready to serve.
- Old recipe: I updated recipe in Dec 2020. If you like old no mayo coleslaw recipe, use for dressing: 3/4 cup whole plain yogurt, 2 tsp vinegar, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 3/4 tsp salt.
- Yogurt: I tried using 0% yogurt and dressing was flat and chalky. You can use regular (not Greek) yogurt but make sure to use at least 3.5% then.
- Cabbage: Feel free to shred about 6 cups of green, purple or both cabbages using a mandoline. Or if you are skilled enough, a sharp chef’s knife. Can also grate medium carrot and throw it in.
- Dill or parsley (optional): Fresh herbs are absolutely optional and I add them only if they are in my veggie drawers. Just like with a beef stew or chicken and potatoes, fresh herbs take any dish to the next level.
- Sandwich: Instant Pot pulled pork with healthy coleslaw is a must sandwich idea for potlucks and picnics in the summer!
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