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.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

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.

Red pepper houmous
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.

Sticky chicken salad
Sticky chicken salad

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:

Tomato and mozzarella salad

Bruschetta pasta salad

5 homemade salad dressings

Homemade hash browns

Bruschetta pasta salad
Bruschetta pasta salad

This recipe is easily made and put into a tub for a Slimming World friendly picnic, just don’t forget to take cutlery so everyone can enjoy it!

Weight loss and Exercise Support

I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Healthy Coleslaw – Unofficial Slimming World Coleslaw recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Party
  • Diet: Low Calorie


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!



2 carrots, coarsely grated

150g white cabbage, finely shredded

5 tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/4 tsp sweetener


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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