Creamy Skinny Coleslaw Recipe

Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing great creamy coleslaw.  You’ll love the tangy, slightly sweet flavor, and all the amazing crunchy textures.  And at just 1 smart point per serving, you can enjoy one of your favorite warm weather side dishes without guilt!

Tangy and sweet with plenty of crunch, this creamy coleslaw is lightened up to just 1 smart point per serving, and is the perfect side dish for your BBQ or potluck! | #coleslaw #potluck #cookout #summerbbq #skinnyrecipe #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints

Earlier this year, when I shared my easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork, I had a few of you email me asking about a healthy coleslaw to pile on top of it.  I already had this recipe developed, so I’m happy to share it with you here today!

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Here in the Midwest, it’s an unspoken thing that most people put coleslaw on top of their pulled pork/chicken/beef sandwiches.  There’s something about the combination of temperatures, textures and flavors that’s just SO mouthwatering!!

HOW DO YOU MAKE COLESLAW

Traditionally, coleslaw is mayo based, and it uses a lot of it.  Shredded cabbage, carrots, onion, mayo, vinegar/lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper and ground celery seed are the usual ingredients in a coleslaw recipe.  All of my regular, non-skinny coleslaw recipes use at least 1/2 cup of mayo, which adds up to a lot of points!  They usually use a good bit of sugar, which also racks up the points.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE COLESLAW HEALTHIER

The first major swap was to switch out the mayo in favor of a zero point food, non-fat plain greek yogurt.  It’s more tangy than mayo, but still gives it a nice creamy consistency.  I also reduced the amount of sugar.

Creamy coleslaw in white bowl

HOW LONG DOES COLESLAW KEEP IN THE REFRIGERATOR

The beauty of a great coleslaw is that it actually needs to sit in the fridge in order for the flavors to really combine and mellow.  But coleslaw can be made in advance and kept refrigerated (in an airtight container) for 2-3 days.

CAN YOU FREEZE COLESLAW

Certain kinds, yes, but with reservations.  Oil and vinegar based coleslaws can be frozen, but they will lose their crunch.  Any coleslaw that’s mayo or yogurt based will not freeze well, as the dressing can separate.

Spoonful of skinny coleslaw recipe

The inspiration for this recipe comes from three sources.  My sweet and tangy coleslaw, a Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe I’m working on for my other website, and this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.  Ali has some fantastic recipes there, and she really got the proportion of greek yogurt right.

To make it easy and really cut down the prep time, I used a bag of shredded coleslaw mix and just chopped it up a little bit.  I chose not to add purple cabbage here, to keep that classic coleslaw color, but it would be a great addition.  If you’re feeling ambitious, go ahead and grab a head of green cabbage and a few carrots and grate them on your box grater.

As we head into summer bbq and potluck season, give this skinny coleslaw recipe a try, and don’t forget to have some on top of this pulled pork or shredded beef barbecue!

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Tangy and sweet with plenty of crunch, this creamy coleslaw is lightened up to just 1 smart point per serving, and is the perfect side dish for your BBQ or potluck! | #coleslaw #potluck #cookout #summerbbq #skinnyrecipe #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints
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5 from 4 votes
8 servings
Creamy Skinny Coleslaw Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This ultra creamy coleslaw is tangy with a hint of sweetness and plenty of crunch.

Calories: 34 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice , fresh is best
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground celery seed
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste (I like mine peppery)
  • 10 oz bag of shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup red onion or shallots , finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, celery seed, salt and pepper. Whisk until a dressing forms.

  2. Add coleslaw mix, red onion, and green onions. Toss to combine, making sure all the coleslaw is coated.

  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Taste and adjust salt and pepper seasoning.

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Calories: 34 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium 93mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 17.1% | Calcium: 3.4% | Iron: 1.1%

I’m not a nutritionist, and nutritional values here on my recipes should be used for general information purposes only.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new diet and fitness regimen.

Tangy and sweet with plenty of crunch, this creamy coleslaw is lightened up to just 1 smart point per serving, and is the perfect side dish for your BBQ or potluck! | #coleslaw #potluck #cookout #summerbbq #skinnyrecipe #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints

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9 comments on “Creamy Skinny Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. Serves 8; how many ounces in one serving for 1 smart point? 

  2. Looks delicious! Perfect for BBQs this Summer!

  3. This will be such a perfect side dish this summer! Love the lighter dressing made with greek yogurt!

  4. We love pulled pork and coleslaw, and I love that you found a way to lighten it up!

  5. This sounds fantastic!! I love that you made a lighter version!!

  6. Healthy and yummy! Love this for summer! Healthy means I can eat more, right?

  7. I would come home with an empty bowl from every potluck I bring this to. Fabulous!

  8. This is perfect for our Summer BBQ’s!