This keto red cabbage slaw recipe is the perfect spring & summer side dish. It features purple cabbage, carrots, and a tangy apple cider vinaigrette that makes it light, crunchy, delicious salad.
keto purple coleslaw comes together easily and only uses a handful of ingredients. Plus, it’s a salad that keeps very well in the refrigerator and tastes just as good a couple of days later.
This makes it a great make-ahead keto salad option. Perfect for get-togethers, and potlucks since the prep work can be done in advance.
The first time I shared this keto-friendly slaw was at a family BBQ and it was well-received by all. The bright purple and orange colors in this salad accompanied our grilled kabobs amazingly.
It’s a beautiful combination of colors, textures, and flavors. A refreshing salad that packs a lot of nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional mayo-based salads too and have recipes like my Keto Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, and my make-ahead Keto 7 Layer Salad to prove it.
But sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little lighter, it’s why I also share recipes like my Keto Carrot Moroccan Salad.
Keto Red Cabbage And Carrot Slaw
I was craving a less traditional coleslaw when I created this Keto Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw.
What’s different about this keto coleslaw is that the fresh cilantro along with the kick of the added jalapeño makes it taste like something you would have while vacationing in Mexico.
It’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill coleslaw. Not a fan of heat? Don’t let that one jalapeño intimidate you. Because, for one, the jalapeño was seeded and deveined so the amount of spice is minimal. And two, you can swap the jalapeño for a 1/4 cup of chopped green bell pepper and leave the heat out completely.
Finding creative ways to add more nutrition to my family’s diet is a mission for this mama. And this colorful salad nailed that goal. Look I can’t tell you why it’s called red cabbage since it’s actually a deep purple so, not sure who named it red?
What I do know is that the deep color means it’s actually higher in vitamin A and iron. And that the use of apple cider means your gut will thank you for including this salad in your meal rotation.
It’s a delicious slaw that also happens to fight inflammation and boost your immunity. I mean what’s not to love? The simplicity of this salad makes it hard to believe that it packs so much flavor and health, but it’s nice to know it does.
Is Coleslaw Keto?
The answer is yes, absolutely. As long as you watch what goes into the dressing. You can most certainly have coleslaw on a keto diet, however, you will not be able to enjoy a traditional recipe since those are loaded with sugar.
A typical coleslaw almost always uses a sweet dressing and can have as many as 14 net carbs per 1/2 cup serving. It really depends on how much sugar they have added to their dressing. Since this is the case a store brought coleslaw is most assuredly not keto-friendly.
We however know that cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and that not only makes it low in carbs, but it’s also packed with nutrition. This means that when you toss cabbage with a dressing that is low in carbs and it makes the perfect side dish.
When you make your coleslaw at home, you have full control over the ingredients and makes it a great healthy option.
How To Make A Keto Red Cabbage And Carrot Slaw
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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 and grating a breeze.
You can of course also cut the cabbage with a sharp chef’s knife and grate the carrots with a box grater. But it’s so worth the little bit of effort for the explosion of flavors and colors this slaw rewards you with.
In our family, we like our vinaigrettes on the extra tangy side. This is why apple cider vinegar is the star of this dressing.
Please note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this page.
The Ingredients Needed For Keto Coleslaw:
- Red cabbage, medium
- Red onion, small
- Jalapeño, seeded, deveined
- Garlic cloves
- Apple cider vinegar
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Keto Red Cabbage & Carrot Slaw
- 1 medium head of red cabbage, shredded
- 3 small-medium sized carrots, shredded
- 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
- Shred your cabbage, with a chef knife or food processor with attachments.
- Grate your carrots using a box grater or food processor.
- Chop your cilantro.
- Finely chop the red onion.
- Seed and devein the jalapeño, and finely dice if adding it to your salad.
- Combine all the slaw ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Make the vinaigrette
- Pour the vinaigrette over the slaw and toss well to combine.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate the slaw.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Combine the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Add the minced garlic cloves.
- Stir in the sugar-substitute and allow to dissolve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 19.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 4.2gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 2gProtein: 0.6g