Keto coleslaw is the crunchy, creamy, healthy, slaw your low carb meals needs a little more of…
It’s got the right amount of sweet mixed with just enough tang, a crazy combo of cream and crunch, a breeze to throw together and even breezier to eat. Throw it on your bunless burgers, your keto fried chicken, your low carb tacos, or eat it on its own — because despite its dressing, keto coleslaw IS a vegetable
This American classic will be loved by all — low carb-ers and carbaholics alike! So let’s get to making this keto coleslaw!
Carbs in Coleslaw
To answer the looming question: can I eat coleslaw on keto diet…
Despite the fact that mayo and cabbage are both low carb shopping list ingredients, traditional coleslaw is made with a heaping serving of sugar or honey — which is why 1 cup has 28.4 grams of carbs in coleslaw.
Macronutrient wise, cabbage is a carbohydrate. But with only 4 grams of carbs per cup, it’s considered one of the low carb vegetables! Plus, cabbage is ridiculously good for you:
Not to worry friends, we’ll slash most of those carbs in this keto coleslaw recipe!
About this Keto Coleslaw Recipe
As you know, there are a million ways to whip up a batch of keto coleslaw — creamy keto coleslaw, keto coleslaw vinegar based, low carb coleslaw kfc style — so I wanted to try something a little different: adding pickles to the slaw.
Might sound crazy, but it’s addictingly delicious.
I got this keto coleslaw recipe idea from a fried chicken sandwich my foodie family friends used to make for us — the Epicurious recipe he used was full of pickle juice, pickles and even some jalapenos. It’s one of those recipes you try, and never forget! And ever though I’ve since ditched the bread and the flour crusted chicken, I still eat this slaw like there’s no tomorrow.
Low Carb Coleslaw Variations
I know pickles aren’t for everyone, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll find they’re one of the tastiest low carb foods! If you’re looking for a more traditional low carb coleslaw recipe, check out this creamy crunchy concoction.
Here are handful of keto coleslaw variations you can try using this recipe as your base:
- Apples: apples contain a decent amount of carbs, but using a small amount adds a nice sweetness and crunch to this keto coleslaw.
- Cilantro/Dill: chop up some fresh herbs and toss ‘em in!
- Throwing in chicken: I love adding shredded chicken to my coleslaw, as it adds some protein and turns this into a portable meal!
How do I Make Keto Coleslaw
Great news friends, this keto coleslaw comes together in a snap — it’s one of those chop, toss and eat kinda low carb recipes. Here are a few small tips that can make a big difference:
Every brand of pickle tastes slightly different. So make sure you like the taste of the pickles before tossing them into this keto coleslaw. They’re the foundation of this recipe! (Pst, although I LOVE everything else they make, I don’t love Trader Joe’s pickles)
Pickles can also be loaded in carbs, so read the labels before you buy. For example, bread and butter pickles have 33.8 grams of carbs per cup, while sour pickles have 3.5 grams per cup. One heck of a difference!
Be sure to buy cabbage, not iceberg lettuce as it’s significantly more flavorful and crunchy. If you grab pre-shredded cabbage, I find “angel hair” to be too thin for coleslaw.
If you don’t own a cheese grater, thinly slice your onion. I prefer to grate the onion so it becomes part of the dressing and every bite is coated in flavor. With sliced onion, you tend to get “chunks” of onion every few bites, not as appealing!
Mayonnaise isn’t for everyone, I get it. Make a keto coleslaw no mayo by swapping it with low carb Greek yogurt! Carefully read the labels before purchasing a yogurt, a lot of Greek yogurts are pretty high in carbs.
If you don’t love spice, leave it out! I find it adds a nice kick to this keto coleslaw, which is coming from someone who doesn’t like the kick!
I love adding some bacon crumbles to the top of this loaded keto coleslaw. If bacon isn’t your thing, leave it out.
Add some pepper, and you’ve got your very own keto coleslaw!
Most Important Keto Coleslaw Tip!
I suggest to low carb meal prep this keto coleslaw the night before (or at least a few hours before) you plan to serve it. This allows the flavors to meld together as the dressing absorbs — trust me, it’s signifigantly tastier!
Keto Coleslaw Recipe
There you have it friends, everything you need to know about this keto coleslaw recipe! Once you’ve licked the bowl clean, come back and let me know if you tried any variations in the comments below! Happy coleslaw making!
- 4 Cups Sliced Cabbage
- 1/4 Cup White Onion , grating
- 1/2 Cup Diced Pickles , no sugar added
- 2 Tablespoons Pickle Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Mayo , can replace with low carb greek yogurt
- 1/4 Jalapeño , minced, optional if you'd like it spicy
Using a cheese grater, grate the onion.
Dice the pickles.
In a small bowl, whisk together onion, pickle juice, mayonnaise, pepper, and jalapeño if using.
Add cabbage and diced pickles to a large bowl.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage and pickles and toss together.
Store in the fridge, it’s even tastier the next day!
- Tastes even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours!
- Using low carb greek yogurt rather than mayonnaise will increase the carb count.
Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.