Simple Healthy Coleslaw Recipe (No Mayo!)

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
4.3 — Votes 6 votes

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This is the very slaw I make in my own kitchen nearly every week. It’s easy, delicious, calls for ingredients I always have on hand, and is the perfect crunchy side dish next to any protein I’m cooking up.

A large dish of easy, healthy slaw.

Simple Healthy Coleslaw

This simple healthy slaw is just that: simple and healthy. My kids (5, 2, and 1) actually LOVE this slaw. I love it because it’s easy to make and keeps for a nice long time in the refrigerator. Like many of my recipes, consider this one a template! Use what you enjoy and what you have on hand. The goal is to end up with a crunchy side dish that checks the veggie box at the table.

Ingredients in Healthy Coleslaw

The ingredients for this homemade coleslaw are super simple – I bet you have several of them in your kitchen already! Here’s everything you’ll need: 

The ingredients needed for an easy slaw sitting on a marble surface.

For the Slaw

  • ½ head of purple cabbage, shredded
  • 10 ounces of Julienne carrots (or shredded)
  • 1 head of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onion, diced

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground pepper

Ingredient Variations and Modifications

  • Buy a shredded cabbage and carrot mix – save time by buying a shredded cabbage and carrot mix (usually sold in a bag as a coleslaw mix – just toss the dressing packet) instead of shredding your own.

How to Make Homemade Coleslaw

Ready for the simplest recipe ever? We’ve got you! Here’s the step-by-step:

A person chopping purple cabbage on a cutting board for easy slaw.
Green onion and cilantro chopped on a cutting board.
A top down view of a large glass bowl with purple cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, and green onions.
A top view of a small glass bowl of salt, pepper, grated garlic, olive oil, and coconut aminos.
A person using a whisk to stir together a brown colored dressing for an easy, healthy, slaw.
A person pouring a brown colored dressing over a bowl of easy, healthy slaw.
  1. Make the dressing – add the dressing ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the veggies – add the cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onion to the bowl with the dressing, and toss to combine.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for Making Healthy Homemade Coleslaw

  • Enjoy it right away OR store it separately – make your slaw as close to the date you’re serving it as possible so that it stays crisp and fresh! If you want to make it ahead, feel free to shred/chop the cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onion and store those together, and then make the dressing and store that in a separate jar or container. When you’re ready to serve, simply toss the two together!
  • Use a food processor – make this recipe even easier by shredding the cabbage and carrots in a food processor rather than by hand.

What Can I Serve with this Healthy Coleslaw Recipe?

A slaw like this is delicious on top of a rice bowl, taco, or sandwich. It’s also delicious on its own as a veggie component of a meal. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with how you enjoy this one! Here are some of our very favorite slaw-worthy recipes:

A large dish of easy, healthy slaw.

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

If you’re making this coleslaw ahead of time (so you aren’t storing *leftovers*), we recommend storing the shredded/chopped veggies separately from the homemade coleslaw dressing. 

What is the best cabbage to use?

This recipe calls for purple cabbage, but you can use either purple or green! There is a slight variation in flavor between the two but not enough to make a huge difference in this recipe. Choose whichever you can find! 

How long does coleslaw keep in the fridge?

Because the veggies in this slaw are nice and hearty, it will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge. You may need to give it a good stir or shake if the dressing collects at the bottom, but otherwise, it will be great!

Can you freeze coleslaw?

No, because coleslaw is something that you’ll want to enjoy raw (think: you aren’t cooking the cabbage at any point) we don’t recommend freezing coleslaw. The texture of the cabbage and carrots will be greatly compromised post freeze-and-thaw, so make this simple recipe fresh when you’re ready to enjoy it!

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Simple Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.3 — Votes 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6 Servings


For the Slaw

  • ½ head purple cabbage shredded
  • 10 ounces carrots Julienned or shredded
  • 1 head cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion diced

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  • Add the dressing ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onion to the bowl with the dressing, and toss to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Danielle says

    Danielle —  03/06/2023 At 13:48

    5 stars
    I ate this with your curried chicken salad for lunch (I think this was suggested in the weekly meal plan a week ago) and it is delicious! They pair so well together and are a new favorite of mine.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  03/07/2023 At 10:10

      Awesome! We’re so glad you hear that, Danielle! Thanks so much for sharing.