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Coleslaw doesn’t have to be drenched in creamy, fatty dressing you can make a vibrant healthy coleslaw packed with goodness and tossed in a sweet and zesty dressing.

The lovely people over at Riverford sent over a delicious organic vegetable box and tucked inside were some brilliant purple carrots.

I kinda think purple carrots are just a whole lot more exciting than orange carrots and so I wanted to make something with them that would keep the bright colour and fresh crunch.

I couldn’t wait to get making some delicious purple food – starting with our version of a healthy coleslaw – I mean, who wouldn’t want purple slaw?

healthy coleslaw recipe with red cabbage, carrots, onions and mayo free dressing

Our healthy coleslaw recipe switches the fatty mayonnaise dressing for a healthier flavour packed zingy orange-y olive oil dressing. Keeping the coleslaw light, fresh and delicious.

Healthy coleslaw recipe ingredients

For the coleslaw salad

  • 2 purple carrots – peeled and cut into matchsticks, if you can’t find purple carrots you can just use the regular orange ones, they taste the same.
  • 1/2 small red cabbage – shredded
  • 1/4 red onion – finely sliced

For the healthy coleslaw dressing –

  • 1 tbs olive oil this is also gorgeous made with sesame oil it gives it a really nutty flavour, and is great alongside Chinese style chicken, salmon or tofu.
  • juice 1/2 orange
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch sea salt

To serve

1tbs sunflower seeds – you can switch this for any other seeds you like or even pine nuts.

glass jar filled with homemade purple coleslaw dressed with olive oil and vinegar dressing

How to make healthy coleslaw

  • In a large bowl toss together the shredded vegetables.
  • Put the dressing ingredients into a small bottle and shake well to combine.
  • To serve – take out the amount of slaw you want and toss with a little dressing, again to suit your taste, as much or as little as you like.
  • Toss over sunflower seeds just before you serve.

Make heathy purple coleslaw your way

  • Add in some more vegetables – shredded fennel or apple would work well here.
  • If you prefer a more traditional coleslaw dressing then go creamy with the dressing and skip our salad dressing in favour of more traditional mayonnaise, creme fraiche or a mixture of the two.

How to serve healthy purple coleslaw

  • Keeping with the healthy theme – this would be great served alongside vegetarian kebabs.
  • Serve as a side to bean burgers or grilled chicken, fish or toasted sandwiches.

How to make healthy vinaigrette coleslaw recipe?

If you like your coleslaw with a vinaigrette dressing then we’d recommend using a classic French vinaigrette dressing with 3 parts olive oil to 1 part apple cider vinegar with some added freshly chopped herbs or wholegrain mustard to flavour it up.

Can coleslaw be healthy?

Yes! Of course it can, the coleslaw dressed in the high fat dressings it what gives it the whole “unhealthy” vibe but if you love coleslaw and want to eat healthier versions then making it at home is one of the best ways to do that.

You get to control exactly what goes into it – so you can swap the high fat and sugar/salt ingredients for healthy choices.

One of my favourite low fat coleslaw dressings is made using fat free yogurt mixed with mustard and seasoned with salt and pepper. Super tasty and easy.

Plus… don’t forget all the healthy benefits of the vegetables that are in the coleslaw.

Purple cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals – especially vitamin C, K and folate and is a good source of fibre. Whilst purple carrots are a great source of antioxidants.

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How can I make my coleslaw better?

If you like your coleslaw to be a little bit extra special then there’s lots of ways you can add flavour and interest.

  • Try adding in fruit – like apples, pears or even citrus fruits or dried fruits like sultanas. Coleslaw with sliced avocado in it rocks just a bit too!
  • Try adding in nuts like walnuts, almonds or pine nuts.
  • In my opinion coleslaw always tastes best freshly dressed – so when making it and storing it keep the dressing separate and add just before you serve so the vegetables stay crunchy.

Get lots of fresh and healthy salad recipes here

Love coleslaw? Try these delicious slaw recipes…

  • Ranch coleslaw – super tasty coleslaw in a rich and creamy ranch dressing, the perfect summery slaw.
  • Spicy Coleslaw – delicious spiced coleslaw with chopped jalapeños for a kick of heat.
  • Autumn Apple Coleslaw – the perfect autumn slaw with apples, great alongside sausage rolls, pies or toasted sandwiches.
Yield: Serves 4

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

healthy coleslaw recipe with red cabbage, carrots, onions and mayo free dressing

Healthy coleslaw recipe with no mayo so it's naturally vegetarian and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 purple carrots (if you can't get purple orange are just fine) 
  • 1/2 small red cabbage - shredded 
  • 1/4 red onion - finely sliced 
  • 1 tbs sunflower seeds 

For the dressing

  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • juice of half an orange 
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch sea salt 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl toss together the shredded vegetables.
  2. Put the dressing ingredients into a small bottle and shake well to combine.
  3. To serve - take out the amount of slaw you want and toss with a little dressing, again to suit your taste, as much or as little as you like.
  4. Toss over sunflower seeds just before you serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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