Healthy Creamy Coleslaw (with Greek Yogurt)

Crisp, crunchy, creamy coleslaw is the epitome of summer picnics and backyard barbecues as far as I’m concerned. It may not be the star like, say, a good burger or a grilled salad, but without the coleslaw you would miss out on that cool, creaminess that enhances so many different meals.

This super healthy creamy coleslaw is made with greek yogurt instead of mayo! It is delicious, soul satisfying and so much healthier and tastier than standard coleslaw.
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Is anyone else out there as excited as I am about the start of summer? We can finally shed the layers and the heavy foods in favor of fresh seasonal favorites that we’ve missed out all season long.

Not to mention copious amounts of time spent outside and away from the fluorescent lit hallways of our offices or houses that suddenly feel way too small for our weekends.

coleslaw ingredients

When summer rolls around, I spend about 80 percent of my time outside. I’m lucky enough to be able to work wherever there’s a WiFi connection, so beer gardens and coffee shop patios become my office. Forget spending the days cooped up inside; it’s time for sunshine and most importantly lazy afternoons spent around the grill with friends and family.

You probably haven’t realized it, but coleslaw is a vital part of the whole picnic and barbecue scene. You need that creamy, crunchy salad to cool off with when it gets hot and to balance out all those grilled foods that normally load up your plate. Of course, traditional coleslaw isn’t exactly on the healthy end of the spectrum.

coleslaw prep

Yes, it’s made up of vegetables, but all that mayonnaise can really bog down the traditional coleslaw. If you need a healthier version to either stay strong with your diet, or to offset all the other calorie-loaded foods you plan to eat, this recipe is your new best friend.

It isn’t as heavy as traditional coleslaw is because it uses healthy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or other equivalents (no one really likes Miracle Whip, do they?). It also doesn’t use quite as much yogurt to tie the whole dish together. The flavors are still very bright and clean, but there is an extra level of lightness to the dish that makes it perfect for eating on its own.

creamy coleslaw

It also is the perfect topping for burgers, sandwiches and, my personal favorite, pulled pork tacos. Plus if you shred the cabbages yourself, you can give the whole dish even more crunchiness rather than buying the premade coleslaw mix at the store. It’s cleaner and less processed!

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  • 3/4 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 3/4 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine, making sure all the ingredients are evenly coated.
  2. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Serve cold as a side or on your favorite tacos and sandwiches!

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