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 you won’t be able to get enough of this keto coleslaw recipe!
This American classic will be loved by all — low carb-ers and carbaholics alike! So let’s get to making this keto coleslaw!
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 (thanks Craig and Kelly!) — It’s one of those recipes you try, and never forget! And even though I’ve since ditched the bread and flour crusted chicken, I still eat this slaw like there’s no tomorrow…
How to 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’s what you need to know:
Psst – Keto coleslaw ingredient swaps below this section!
Grate the onion.
Use a cheese grater to grate the onion — this will allow the onion to become part of the dressing, so every bite of keto slaw is coating in a little onion-y flavor.
If you don’t own a grater, you can use a sharp knife to thinly slice the onion instead.
Dice up the pickles.
Every brand of pickle tastes slightly different, so make sure you like the taste of the pickles you use before tossing them into this keto coleslaw. (They’re the foundation of this recipe!)
Read the label before you buy a product, as some pickles contain added sugar. To give you an idea — 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!
Combine the keto coleslaw dressing.
Whisk together the grated onion, pickle juice, mayonnaise, pepper, and jalapeño (if using).
Combine the veggies.
Add keto vegetables to a bowl — I added shredded carrots to the mix for a pop of color, however this will add some carbs to the keto coleslaw.
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Mix it all together.
Pour your keto coleslaw dressing over the low carb vegetables and mix everything together!
It’s that easy…
Sugar Free Coleslaw Tips
Here are a few small tips that can make a big difference in this sugar free coleslaw recipe:
Although it’ll take an extra 5 minutes, I prefer chopping my own cabbage for this recipe — pre-shredded cabbage tends to be too thin, which will make this slaw less “crunchy”.
Plus, cutting your own allows your to mix and match cabbage colors. Use green, red, or whatever combo you fancy.
Make it the night before!
As delicious as keto coleslaw is, it only gets better after a few hours in the fridge — this allows the flavors to marry together into a harmonious masterpiece!
Make it for low carb meal prep, the night before your dinner party, or throw it in the fridge a few hours before your BBQ.
Low Carb Coleslaw Variations + Swaps
Before we delve into the low carb coleslaw swaps and variations, I wanted to acknowledge the fact that pickles aren’t for everything — if that sounds like you, grab my traditional, creamy and super crunchy low carb coleslaw recipe!
Now back to this tangy keto coleslaw variation. Here are some adjustments you may consider to better suit your cravings:
Keto Coleslaw Ingredient Swaps
Make a keto coleslaw no mayo without compromising the creamy consistency and flavor, by simply swapping it with low carb Greek yogurt!
Using low carb yogurt will add a few carbs and grams of protein to this keto coleslaw recipe, while removing some of the fat.
If jalapenos are too spicy for you, leave them out! I find it adds a nice kick to this keto coleslaw (which is coming from someone who doesn’t like “kick”).
Keto Coleslaw Add Ons
Apples contain a decent amount of carbs (they’re certainly not low carb fruits), but using a small amount adds some sweetness and a nice crunch to this keto coleslaw.
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 portable low carb lunches and low carb snack ideas! Consider doubling the dressing if you plan to add a lot of chicken to the mix.
Bacon crumbles make everything better, and this loaded keto coleslaw is certainly no exception to that rule!
Paleo Coleslaw Serving Suggestions
As delicious and this paleo coleslaw is on its own, it tastes even better mixed together with some tasty low carb dinners. Here are a few ideas to get your mouth watering:
- Low carb fried chicken
- The slaw for your burger + keto hamburger buns
- Instant pot BBQ chicken, instant pot ribs, or whatever you’re grilling!
Are There carbs in coleslaw From Restaurants?
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.
Stick with this keto coleslaw recipe and you’ll be good to go…
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 what you think, and 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!