Healthy Recipe: Creamy Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a great grilling side dish and starts off so well with a base of wholesome vegetables like cabbage and carrots—many might even consider this a healthy side! But as soon as you add the dressing, it deviously becomes much less nutritious than you might think. A traditional slaw is made with a mayo-based dressing and is typically loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats: ¼ cup of mayonnaise averages 375 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 350 milligrams of sodium. 

So, should you write off coleslaw completely? No! Simply give it a healthy upgrade by swapping the mayo for Greek yogurt, boosting the nutrients but hanging onto the creamy deliciousness. By removing the mayo, you have a slaw packed with more vitamins and minerals, plus a punch of protein. 

Good-for-you ingredients: Cabbage comes from the same cruciferous family as kale and is high in soluble fiber and vitamin C. The walnuts are rich in antioxidants and omega 3’s. And the Greek yogurt serves up a valuable dose of protein, calcium, and probiotics!

Try the recipe: Creamy Greek Yogurt Coleslaw.

This healthy mayo-less coleslaw is bright, fresh, and still incredibly creamy. Added bonus: The dish comes together in less than 10 minutes. Pop it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to serving to allow the flavors to meld. 


For the coleslaw:

1 green cabbage, cored and shredded

½ red cabbage, cored and shredded

1 cup shredded carrots

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

½ cup walnuts, chopped

For the dressing:

½ cup Greek yogurt, plain low-fat

1 tablespoon white vinegar

½ lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon salt

Dash pepper


Place slaw ingredients in a large mixing bowl and side aside. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl then add to the slaw, stirring well to combine all ingredients. 

Serve immediately for an extra crunchy slaw or make ahead and place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving. 

Makes four servings.


Calories 180

Protein 7 g

Total fat 10 g

Saturated fat 1.5 g

Cholesterol 5 mg

Carbs 19 g

Fiber 4 g

Total sugars 12 g

Added sugars 4 g

Sodium 350 mg

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