Keto Coleslaw Recipe- Basic, Creamy, Healthy!

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A basic coleslaw recipe is a must have for any home cook. Forget the store bought salads and make your own with this healthy, clean, and creamy keto coleslaw recipe! This healthy coleslaw is dairy free, sugar free, and gluten free. Serve with your grilled chicken, sandwiches, nuggets, meatloaf, or at cookouts in the summer! 

Keto coleslaw recipe


Why Should You Make Your Own Coleslaw

Prepared coleslaw sold in most grocery stores have a laundry list of ingredients, most of them unfavorable. Preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are common so that they have a longer shelf life. Most will also have “natural flavors” listed. This is a generic term that is unregulated by the FDA so we don’t really know what it means or what is in it. Unhealthy oils, sugar, and fillers are also common.

If cleaning up your diet, ingredients, and lifestyle are important to you, then making food from scratch where you can control the ingredients is the best route to follow! For about $2 you can buy a head (or bag) of organic cabbage and fix yourself this clean and creamy keto coleslaw recipe.

Keto coleslaw recipe. Basic and creamy coleslaw recipe

This keto coleslaw recipe originally appeared in April 2019 and has been updated as of 2021.


Health Benefits of Cabbage

Aside from eating cleaner, eliminating preservatives, and ditching sugar, this basic coleslaw recipe is packed full of health benefits. Did you know that cabbage is rich in antioxidants, is naturally anti-inflammatory, helps maintain a clean digestive tract, and may even be a big cancer fighter. Cabbage is also high in fiber (digestion), calcium (bones), magnesium (sleep), potassium (muscles), and beta carotene (eye health). It is an often overlooked superfood, and one of the most affordable ones at that!

Basic and creamy keto coleslaw recipe with fresh and natural ingredients.


How To Make This Keto Coleslaw Recipe

This basic keto coleslaw recipe is incredibly easy to prepare. Chances are you already have all the ingredients you need to make this healthy coleslaw at home. Mayonnaise is the main wet ingredient. Buying a high quality mayo, or making your own, will keep this keto coleslaw clean and healthy. This is my favorite avocado oil mayonnaise. You will also need lemon juicedill, garlic powder, and a small amount of granulated sweetener of your choosing. I prefer to use this in my coleslaw. You can choose to shred your own cabbage or buy a bag that is pre-shredded.

Everything will get combined in a large mixing bowl and chilled until ready to serve. I like to use this chopper tool to make my cabbage slightly smaller. 

The health benefits of cabbage are excellent for eating clean. Cabbage is naturally lower in carbs making it great for a keto diet.


What Type of Cabbage is Best for this Basic Coleslaw Recipe

If choosing to shred your own cabbage, green cabbage works best for this recipe. In a pinch, you could also shred brussels sprouts. Red cabbage can also work but it is slightly higher in carbs, if that matters to you.

Creamy keto coleslaw is healthy, clean, and easy to prepare with only 6 ingredients.


What Does This Keto Coleslaw Taste Like

This keto coleslaw recipe is fresh, light, and clean tasting. The fresh lemon juice and herbs make this creamy coleslaw taste much cleaner than a prepared one from a store. There is a hint of sweetness to balance the savoriness of the herbs too. I think this healthy coleslaw tastes quite a bit like the (now removed) Chick-Fil-A coleslaw! 

Healthy keto coleslaw is a great low carb, zero sugar, and gluten free side dish.


Try One of these Keto Recipes with Your Keto Coleslaw


Keto coleslaw recipe. Basic and creamy coleslaw recipe

Easy Keto Coleslaw

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This easy keto coleslaw is perfect for your summer bar-b-que and cookouts! It takes just 10 minutes to whip up this sugar free coleslaw. Only 2.3 net carbs per serving.


  • 1 16 ounce package coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1.25 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons erythritol


  1. Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl. Use a handheld chopper to finely chop the cabbage into small pieces, if desired.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and toss to combine.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


If you have time, let this coleslaw sit in the fridge 1 hour, up to over night, before serving. If you're pressed for time, you can serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 22gCarbohydrates: 3.6gFiber: 1.3gProtein: 0.7g
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4 thoughts on “Keto Coleslaw Recipe- Basic, Creamy, Healthy!”

  • Cole slaw, when it’s good, is just the best side salad. I’ve traveled a lot and eaten a lot on the road, and a lot of places have good slaw. I could eat bowls-full right now!

    But when it’s not so good, it’s nasty. I feel sorry for those places.

    Love your website.

  • I just started this diet 3 months ago and I have been a Chef for over 45 years. I’m having quite difficulty on cooking certain foods that taste good to my palate. It seems like you are an excellent cook and I’m going to try to use some of your recipes this weekend to see how they turn out. I will let you know personally as I too have written three cookbooks from my past from churches to personal family cookbooks. All fattening all delicious in five star approved. I’m 70 years old now and have Crohn’s disease which inhibits me to eat many foods. So I will have to be careful I’m which ingredients to mix things with. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and recipes with others it’s enjoyable to know there are other people out there that aren’t professionally chefs but our excellent Cooks!

  • Now I just need to put some celery seed in there to make my brain think it is the full sugar version.

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