There is nothing better than homemade healthy coleslaw. The tubs you buy in the supermarket never live up to your own version of this tasty salad dish. That is why you should try this coleslaw!
Of course, a classic coleslaw recipe is high in both fat and calories, given that it contains a substantial amount of mayonnaise. However, you can still enjoy a delicious creamy version of coleslaw with a slight twist knowing that you are sticking to your healthy eating plan.
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The History of Coleslaw
A recipe similar to coleslaw is said to have been traced back to Roman times, with people enjoying a mixture of cabbage, vinegar, eggs and a variety of spices.
However, the term coleslaw is thought to have come about because it sounds very similar to ‘koosla’ – kool is Dutch for cabbage and salade means salad. Koolsalade was shortened to koosla. The term ‘coleslaw’ was mentioned in print for the first time in the late 1700s.
How Healthy is This Coleslaw?
My coleslaw recipe could be syn free if you are following the Slimming World lifestyle. A bonus is that it contains both cabbage and carrots, which are classified as ‘speed’ foods. Slimming World advises that at least 1/3 of your plate be filled with speed foods to ensure that your weight loss is relatively quick.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
How Can I Enjoy This Coleslaw?
Coleslaw is a very versatile dish. It can be enjoyed alongside your favourite meals, whether that be a KFC fakeaway or a bowl of pasta, or as a topping for a jacket potato (along with my favourite Red Leicester cheese too, of course) if you are in search of a filling lunch option.
During the summer months, I love hosting BBQs, inviting close friends and family members over to enjoy a bite to eat, share a few drinks and watch the sunset.
As a vegetarian, I have veggie options, but secretly I most enjoy tucking into the side dishes. Give me coleslaw, potato salad and couscous any time!
I love having leftovers of these things too. You could grab a few, put them into a plastic container, and that’s a quick and easy lunch to take to work the following day.
My Coleslaw Recipe
I have to say that my recipe for this healthy coleslaw is pretty simple. For me, the most challenging aspect is shredding the cabbage finely. If you have a food processor, you’ll have no bother whatsoever. With very few ingredients, there is little that can go wrong.
I prefer not to have onion in my coleslaw as I find it overpowers the rest of the dish. However, if you would like to add some, I would recommend using half of a small brown onion. If you want a bit of extra colour in this dish, try using half white and half red cabbage, perhaps a little red onion, too.
Other recipes you might enjoy
If you like dips then be sure to check out my dip directory full of all my tasty dip recipes perfect for any BBQ or party! The selection includes a vegan red pepper dip, spicy lentil dip, red pepper houmous, and red pepper houmous.
You might also like to check my BBQ guide and see if there are any new BBQ foods you might not have considered before like falafel burgers, pork burgers, cajun chicken and sticky chicken. I also have a guide to healthy meat choices if that helps too.
If you go to a Slimming World group and need ideas for foods for a taster session or perhaps you are organising a healthy party then this article has lots of good ideas you may find helpful!
A few other recipes I think you will love are:
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This easy healthier version of coleslaw is perfect for all the family and a great option to add to a BBQ or a buffet table for those looking for a healthier alternative. There is no reason everyone will know you have made this healthily and I am sure they will enjoy it all the same!
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly then place in the fridge where it can be kept for up to 3 days.
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