This Healthy Coleslaw recipe is a wonderful make ahead side dish that pairs perfectly with any protein. It's made with fresh shredded green and purple cabbage, and carrots drizzled with a homemade velvety tahini dressing. So simple yet so tasty. This beautiful and vibrant salad is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in no time.
More importantly, it's made without mayo for a healthier alternative to traditional coleslaw. Although coleslaw is known as a summer salad, this healthy coleslaw recipe is great for any time of year.
HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY COLESLAW RECIPE
This healthy coleslaw recipe can literally come together in 5 minutes.
- Cut the green and purple cabbage heads into fourths removing the spine of each fourth
- Using a sharp knife, thinly slice each forth lengthwise (this is how I shred cabbage)
- Wash the shredded cabbage and dry thoroughly
- Shred the carrots with a box grater or cut into julienne style, matchsticks, or ribbons
- Combine all vegetables and season with salt
- Drizzle with a healthy version of tahini dressing (making sure the entire coleslaw is lightly coated)
- Garnish with sesame seeds for added texture
TIP: If you're in a rush, pre-packaged shredded cabbage and carrots would work as well. This can save you a few extra minutes.
WHAT KIND OF CABBAGE IS USED FOR COLESLAW
For this simple healthy coleslaw recipe, I combine both green and purple cabbage. These two types of cabbages are great when served alone or paired together. They add great texture, and I love how the vibrant color of the purple cabbage makes this such a beautiful and enticing side dish.
If you're looking for another type of cabbage to add to the mix, napa cabbage also known as Chinese cabbage would be a great choice.
IS COLESLAW HEALTHY TO EAT
Absolutely! This coleslaw recipe is definitely healthy to eat... hence this name. It's made without mayo that's typically found in traditional coleslaw. Instead, it's drizzled with tahini dressing for a nice sesame flavor and a modern twist.
When it comes to eating salad, it's important to choose your salad dressing wisely. Aim for dressings that are lighter such as vinaigrette or ones that are made with healthy fats such as avocado or tahini based or even a healthy ranch dressing would be delicious. Even then, it's important to use these types of dressings sparingly.
My point being, do not ruin the nutritiousness of eating salad with rich creamy salad based dressings that are loaded with unhealthy fats.
CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT EATING COLESLAW
It's no surprise that most vegetables are monumental when it comes to weight loss and this healthy coleslaw recipe is know exception. Again, it's really about being mindful when it comes to dressing your salads.
WHAT FOOD GOES GOOD WITH COLESLAW
Of course, BBQ quickly comes to mind when thinking about food that goes good with coleslaw. But, when it comes to protein, the options are limitless. Here, are a few protein options that would pair nicely with this healthy coleslaw recipe to round out your next dinner:
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREEN AND RED CABBAGE
Although green and purple cabbage both provide nutrients that our bodies need, purple cabbage also known as red cabbage offers more nutritional value. Purple cabbage is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fights inflammation, high in antioxidants, and promotes a healthy gut. To learn more about the differences between green and purple cabbage refer to this article.
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Healthy Coleslaw Recipe (No Mayo)
- 2 cups green cabbage finely shredded
- 2 cups purple cabbage finely shredded
- 1 cup carrots shredded, cut into matchsticks, or julienne style
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds optional
Tahini Salad Dressing
- 2 heaping tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1/2 cup water more or less for desired consistency
- 1 tsp garlic
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp fresh chives
- kosher salt to taste
- fresh lemon juice from half a lemon
Tahini Salad Dressing
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor except oil and water. Secure lid. Drizzle in avocado oil. Then drizzle in water. Season to taste. Pour into a jar with an airtight lid if necessary until ready to use. Set aside
- In a serving bowl, combine green and purple cabbage and carrots. Set aside.
- If serving immediately, drizzle tahini salad dressing over coleslaw making sure all is lightly coated. Sprinkle sesame seeds or seeds of your choice over the top (optional).
- NOTE: If making ahead, place coleslaw in a bowl with an air tight lid or place in a large zip loc bag and refrigerate until ready to use. Drizzle tahini dressing over coleslaw before serving.