Creamy Keto Coleslaw is one of my favorite healthy side dishes that pair so well with any packed with protein main dishes. This totally simple and tasty recipe is quick and easy to prepare.
Coleslaw is one of the most popular side dishes. You can often find it in any supermarket and restaurant, but you definitely should learn how to prepare it right at home!
The steps for the best Coleslaw salad are very simple! It is often served next to some grilled meat but it also goes great in sandwiches.
The secret of a delicious Coleslaw salad is the cabbage that should be shredded as thin and fine as possible. If chilling the cabbage – this process will soften and at the same time will keep a crisp and pleasant cabbage crunchiness. Coleslaw is even tastier the next day after chilling in the fridge, so do not be afraid to prepare a big batch of this tasty side dish.
What is Coleslaw?
Coleslaw, also known as slaw or cole slaw, comes from the Dutch that actually means “cabbage salad”. The classic coleslaw is just a shredded cabbage salad coated with a sweet based on mayonnaise or sour cream dressing.
Is coleslaw OK on keto?
Most classic coleslaw recipes, especially those commercials, go with a sweet dressing that includes some added sugar. As a result, these recipes are not keto-friendly.
But once skipping sugar, you can easily adapt this best coleslaw recipe to a Ketogenic diet. Being low carb and loaded with healthy nutrients cabbage is an absolutely keto-friendly vegetable. It is among the most nutrient-dense vegetables. Also, mayo-based dressing is a good fat source.
The coleslaw recipe contains just 3 grams of net carbs per serving, so feel free and try this healthy creamy coleslaw side dish even on a keto diet.
What type of cabbage is best for Coleslaw?
For the best coleslaw recipe, I prefer to use white cabbage. Also, a good alternative is green cabbage, red cabbage, or Napa cabbage. If you prefer a colorful salad than you can opt for a combination of two varieties. For today’s recipe, I choose cabbage which is specific to the current season – white and red cabbage.
What is the difference between coleslaw and salad?
As for me, I consider coleslaw also a kind of salad, although it is often used as a side dish. Some sources say that the small difference between these two lays in the dressing and the ingredients. An ordinary cabbage salad is always made of a bigger variety of vegetables, if speaking about coleslaw then we try to add just carrots, onion, and rarely celery.
This keto coleslaw recipe takes just a couple of minutes to prepare and needs a handful of ingredients. Nothing can be more pleasant preparing some easy dishes when you are tired and out of ideas. A hearty and healthy salad is always a good option. See below the list of ingredients:
- white cabbage
- red cabbage
- spring onion
- mustard or white vinegar (optional)
- seasoning to taste.
Make the Coleslaw Dressing:
Keto coleslaw dressing enhances, even more, the flavors of this best side dish after being chilled. So I think the secret of this popular side dish is hiding in a delicious dressing. Making keto coleslaw dressing is almost similar to regular coleslaw dressing. The main difference consists of no sugar added. Anyway, if you still crave sweetened dressing you can add some sugar substitute, for example, stevia.
In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tsp yellow mustard, and a little seasoning. For seasoning, you can use any you like. A good choice is garlic powder, black pepper, and a little bit of salt. Whisk well until smooth.
How to make Coleslaw from scratch?
This staple side dish requires no more than 5 minutes to be made. Homemade dishes are always tastier and better than commercial ones. When preparing a salad I try to avoid buying from the market selves any kind of salad mixture. So I can be sure of the quality and freshness of ingredients used in my dishes. Always choose fresh vegetables and green leaves for your salad. Once you will get used to this habit you will never go back to store-ready salad mixture.
Now, it is time for the best keto coleslaw!
Shred the cabbage by chopping it thinly with a sharp knife or mandoline. A good alternative with less messing is a food processor with a shredding function. Transfer cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Then shred the carrot and add it to the cabbage. Toss some chopped spring onion to the same bowl. Prepare the dressing according to the instruction described above.
Here we are, the last step – add half of the dressing over the vegetables. Combine gently everything. Now is up to your taste, if you desire the coleslaw creamier then add the remaining dressing.
Send the best coleslaw to chill at least 40-60 minutes. Before serving sprinkle some pine nuts or fresh parsley.
What to serve with Keto Coleslaw?
Creamy keto coleslaw will complete any protein-packed main dish. Here are some delicious and healthy recipes to inspire:
- Keto Sausage Balls
- Cheesy Chicken Fritters
- Keto Pizza
- Keto Chicken Breasts with Bacon
- Grilled Turkey Kabobs
- Keto Meatloaf
Since I adore making keto recipes, I am truly addicted to healthy dishes and delicious recipes. This salad is simply mouth-watering and super colorful. Enjoy.
Healthy and Creamy Keto Coleslaw Recipe
- 4 cups shredded white cabbage
- 3 cups shredded red cabbage
- 2 cups shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup spring onion
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of salt
- In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tsp yellow mustard, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder, black pepper, and a little bit of salt. Whisk well until smooth.
- Shred the cabbage by chopping it thinly with a sharp knife or mandoline. Transfer cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Then shred the carrot and add it to the cabbage. Toss some chopped spring onion to the same bowl.
- Add half of the dressing over the vegetables. Combine gently everything. Now is up to your taste, if you desire the coleslaw creamier then add the remaining dressing.