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Keto Low-Carb Coleslaw

This Keto Low-Carb Coleslaw is a lot like my classic recipe but sugar-free and without the carrots. This the best healthy, low-calorie recipe to pair with your BBQ and summer salad. This dish is made with a creamy dressing everyone will love!

keto low carb coleslaw in a white bowl alongside pulled pork and pickles

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Coleslaw is super popular during the spring and summer months, but I can probably eat it all year long! The store-bought and restaurant versions are usually loaded with sugar. They are also sprinkled with carrots, which have carbs.

What Type of Slaw and Cabbage to Use

You can purchase angel hair coleslaw (which is shredded cabbage without the carrots) at any grocery store. I purchased it along with red cabbage to make this dish. You can choose to use the version with carrots if you wish. Adjust the macros as necessary.

Dressing Ingredients

ingredients for keto low carb coleslaw

How to Make Keto Coleslaw

  1. Gather your ingredients. You will need coleslaw mix (which is shredded cabbage), apple cider vinegar, zero-calorie sweetener, mayo, celery salt, and onion.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
mayo and onions, mixed mayo onions, and seasoning, keto colelslaw in a glass bowl
keto low carb coleslaw in a glass bowl with liquid mixture on top
keto low carb coleslaw in a glass bowl

How Many Carbs

My recipe for keto coleslaw has 2 net carbs per serving.

keto low carb coleslaw in a white bowl alongside pulled pork and pickles

What is More Keto Friendly, Mayo Coleslaw or Vinegar Coleslaw?

Both mayo coleslaw and vinegar coleslaw are both equally keto friendly because full-fat mayo and vinegar have zero carbs.

I use both mayo and vinegar in this recipe. The mayo helps add fat to the dish, which is necessary for flavor and the creamy texture. The apple cider vinegar helps add acidity which aids in flavor.

keto low carb coleslaw in a white bowl

What to Pair with the Dish

Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Air Fryer Ribs
Instant Pot Ribs
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Sprinkle in blue cheese when you add the mayo and seasonings. This is a great way to add zest to standard coleslaw.

Is Mayo Good or Bad For Keto?

Mayo is great for a keto low carb diet, because it is rich in fat, which works great for keto macros. It’s also carb free if you stay away from the fat-free brands. You can also snag mayo made with avocado oil for a healthy fat option. I like the Avocado Oil Mayo from Thrive Market.

Calories in Standard Coleslaw

Typical homemade coleslaw has about 200 calories and 14 grams of net carbs. This can vary widely depending on how much sugar is used in the recipe. I’ve seen recipes that call for 1-2 cups of refined sugar. That’s definitely a carbs overload!

Can You Make it Ahead? How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

Although you can safely make coleslaw three to four days ahead of serving it, you may not be happy with the quality. Coleslaw should be made ahead and refrigerated to meld the flavors, but if you make it more than 24 hours ahead, it becomes watery and limp.

keto low carb coleslaw in a white bowl alongside pulled pork and pickles

Recipe Tips

The key to the perfect coleslaw is to taste repeatedly as necessary.

  • Decide how you prefer your coleslaw. Some prefer a really creamy coleslaw. If you like the KFC coleslaw, you may prefer yours to be really creamy. If so, add additional mayo as needed.
  • If you prefer yours to be somewhat dry, start with 1/4 cup of mayo and adjust as needed.
  • If you like sweet coleslaw, adjust and add more sweetener.
  • If you prefer a very vinegar based slaw, add more vinegar and start with a teaspoon of sweetener and adjust as necessary.

More Salad Recipes

Keto Zucchini Noodle Pasta Salad
Keto Cauliflower Potato Salad
Green Goddess Cobb Salad
Keto Chicken Salad
Homemade Keto Ranch Salad Dressing

keto low carb coleslaw in a white bowl
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Keto Low-Carb Coleslaw

This Keto Low-Carb Coleslaw is a lot like my classic recipe but sugar-free and without the carrots. This the best healthy, low-calorie recipe to pair with your BBQ and summer salad. This dish is made with a creamy dressing everyone will love!
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Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword keto bbq recipes, keto bbq side dishes, keto coleslaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 133kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar I like for my coleslaw to have a taste of both vinegar and sweetness. To make the perfect slaw to fit your taste, I suggest you start with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sweetener. Taste repeatedly and adjust as needed.
  • 2 tablespoons zero-calorie sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded coleslaw mix I purchased the kind that is cabbage is only without carrots.
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage

Instructions

  • Add the mayo, finely chopped onion, apple cider vinegar, sweetener, celery salt, salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the coleslaw mix and red cabbage to a large serving bowl. Drizzle the mayo mixture throughout. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to serve chilled.

Video

Notes

  • You can purchase angel hair coleslaw (which is shredded cabbage without the carrots) at any grocery store. I purchased it along with red cabbage to make this dish. You can choose to use the version with carrots if you wish. Adjust the macros as necessary.
  • Decide how you prefer your coleslaw. Some prefer a really creamy coleslaw. If you like the KFC coleslaw, you may prefer yours to be really creamy. If so, add additional mayo as needed.
  • If you prefer yours to be somewhat dry, start with 1/4 cup of mayo and adjust as needed.
  • If you like sweet coleslaw, adjust and add more sweetener.
  • If you prefer a very vinegar based slaw, add more vinegar and start with a teaspoon of sweetener and adjust as necessary.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g
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Recipe Rating




Patti

Saturday 20th of March 2021

This recipe looks like it has green onions, but doesn’t show to add it in the video or in the recipe. 🤔

staysnatched

Monday 22nd of March 2021

It's not green onions it's garnish. Most recipes are garnished.

Leah

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Huge fan of this delicious coleslaw! Very easy to throw together and the perfect side for so many dishes! Will definitely make again (:

staysnatched

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Brandi Keller

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Another win for Brandi, and another to go-to recipe for this Brandi! The sauce for the is coleslaw is the perfect blend of creamy, sweet, and vinegar-y. The recipe is so, so, so easy and cheap! I made it to pair with some battered fish, and it hit the spot. Even my husband loved it, and he has a pretty picky palette. Said it was the best coleslaw he had ever had!

staysnatched

Monday 26th of October 2020

I love that! So glad it worked out.

Eunice

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Perfection. I’ve been searching for the perfect coleslaw recipe and I finally found it.

staysnatched

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Yay! I’m so glad you liked it!

Trista

Thursday 14th of May 2020

This right here is the BOMB. I first made it to eat with INSTANT POT BBQ PULLED PORK, but now I make it as a quick side for nearly any meal. It's quick and keeps well in the fridge.

staysnatched

Friday 15th of May 2020

I love to pair this with pulled pork!