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Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever (no mayo!)

The BEST healthy coleslaw made with fresh purple cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and a kick of heat from jalapeño. There's no mayo or sugar, just a naturally sweet and slightly tangy dressing with a hint of pure maple syrup. This simple, healthy coleslaw recipe is vegan, paleo & dairy free and perfect serving with your favorite grilling recipes all summer!

Course Appetizer, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free coleslaw, healthy coleslaw, healthy coleslaw recipe, vegan coleslaw
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 140 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the slaw:
  • 1/2 medium head of purple cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 1/2 medium head of green cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 2 heaping cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion (green part only)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, depending how sweet you like your slaw
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Add all the ingredients for the slaw except for the almonds and pepitas to a large bowl.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing. Pour all over the slaw and toss well to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Cover and place in fridge for at least an hour to allow flavors to marinate together.

  3. Before serving, sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds and pepitas; toss again and serve.

Recipe Notes

How to store coleslaw: store this coleslaw covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. This is an amazing make-ahead recipe for picnics and BBQ's because the flavors deepen as the coleslaw marinates!

Nutrition Facts
Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever (no mayo!)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.8g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Carbohydrates 14.5g5%
Fiber 4.6g19%
Sugar 8.4g9%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.