This creamy, tangy, sweet keto coleslaw is delicious, easy, and makes a great side salad.
With only 3 net carbs, per serving it’s an easy keto coleslaw recipe that anyone doing a keto diet and missing regular coleslaw will embrace.
In fact, this low-carb diet, homemade coleslaw recipe is sure to fool tastebuds allowing you to serve a creamy coleslaw the whole family will enjoy.
The best part is that it’s made with simple ingredients, and can be made ahead. It’s what makes it a great option to add to your keto meal prep rotation.
I have another healthy coleslaw recipe that’s a keto red cabbage salad you should also check out if you’re looking for a quick side.
Best Keto Coleslaw
In our family, we prefer sweet and tangy coleslaw. And it’s why my traditional coleslaw was often requested.
However, I needed to transform my family’s sweet-tangy coleslaw recipe into a low-carb coleslaw whose carb count wouldn’t kick us out of ketosis.
Thankfully, cabbage is naturally a low-carb vegetable, and by swapping out regular sugar for a low-carb sweetener I was able to create a good coleslaw that could be enjoyed guilt-free on a ketogenic diet.
Is Coleslaw Keto?
Well, if it’s traditional coleslaw the answer is no since it uses white table sugar. This makes it very high in carbs. As an example, KFC coleslaw has 30 grams of carbs.
A typical coleslaw almost always uses a sweet dressing and can have as many as 20 net carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
It really depends on how much sugar they have added to their dressing. Since this is usually the case, a store brought coleslaw is most assuredly not keto-friendly.
However, you can certainly make a homemade dressing that uses a keto-friendly sweetener rather than table sugar. This easy swap will allow you to enjoy coleslaw on a keto diet.
After all, when you make your coleslaw at home, you have full control over the ingredients that go into it.
The fact that cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and it’s naturally low in carbs means that when you toss cabbage with a homemade sugar-free dressing you can have the perfect keto side dish salad.
Ingredients Needed To Make A Keto-Friendly Coleslaw Recipe
The following are the ingredients you’ll need to make a sugar-free coleslaw recipe. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page.
- Cabbage finely chopped ( or packaged coleslaw mix)
- White onion
- Carrot finely chopped
- Store brought mayonnaise or your own mayo
- Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- Celery seed
- Black pepper
- Favorite keto sweetener
How To Make Keto Coleslaw
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In the case, of this creamy keto coleslaw recipe, I use regular mayonnaise, sugar-free sweetener, and tangy apple cider vinegar for what we consider to be the best keto coleslaw dressing.
I make my keto slaw with green cabbage but you can also use a bag of coleslaw mix which is easily found in your local grocery store if you want to save some time.
This recipe is pretty straightforward, what will take the longest is the shredding of the cabbage and carrots if you are doing it by hand.
If you have access to a food processor with attachments then it will make the shredding a breeze.
Best Sugar Substitute Options For Sugar-Free Coleslaw
When it comes to choosing your sweetener, I have several low-carb options that work well with this low-carb recipe.
I really like Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener because the texture is spot on and because there is barely any aftertaste.
This is a great one, especially if you are new to sugar substitutes, because it mimics sugar the most, in my book.
I’m also partial to Swerve and erythritol blend, although you should keep in mind that it does have a bit more of a cooling aftertaste that some people dislike.
Alternatively, you could also use a stevia and erythritol-based brand like Pyure. This is if you prefer to use stevia in your baked goods. If you go this route, you need to reduce the amount by half since it is twice as sweet.
Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute, you can also use Splenda with great success. I know not everyone would agree with me here, and I respect that, but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar.
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- 5 cups of cabbage finely shredded or packaged slaw mix equivalent
- 1 white medium onion finely chopped
- 1 cup of full-fat mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar substitute
- 1 tablespoon of celery seed
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 large carrot finely chopped ( I used a peeler and then sliced it)
- Shred the cabbage finely and place it in a large bowl. To the bowl add the finely chopped onion.
- In a medium-sized combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar substitute, celery seed, salt, and black pepper to make the dressing.
- Add the coleslaw dressing to the cabbage and chopped onions and toss well until fully combined.
- Serve the salad immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 20.3gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 4.5gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 2gProtein: 0.9g