Keto coleslaw has the tangy sweetness of the classic version without all the carbs. Easy to make and super delicious, this slaw is the perfect companion to your next barbeque.
Keto coleslaw is a low carb version of a classic recipe that doesn’t skimp at all when it comes to taste. This side dish has a tasty sweet and sour flavor.
In my recipe, I use Swerve to add sweetness and vinegar for the sour taste. Full fat mayo rounds out the dressing and gives it the signature creaminess good coleslaw has.
This version of the side is perfect to round out a summer barbecue or even as a unique base for different salads. You might also like scooping some on top of your burger for some added crunch and flavor.
Is coleslaw keto friendly?
Traditional coleslaw often has lots of added sugar and is not keto friendly. My version of classic slaw uses a keto-friendly sweetener, so you can enjoy this without going out of ketosis.
Unfortunately, store bought coleslaw is usually not keto friendly, so you can’t skip making homemade slaw. But lucky of you, this keto version is super easy to make and will taste just as good (actually better) as any slaw you might find in the store!
How to sweeten Keto coleslaw
I recommend using Swerve, which is erythritol. It measures almost cup for cup like real sugar and tastes almost identical too.
Monkfruit sweetener is another great option and a pretty standard keto sweetener.
Keto Coleslaw Ingredients
You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already to make a great tasting slaw. Here’s what you’ll need to get:
- Coleslaw Mix - You can usually find this near the bagged salad and greens section. Some stores offer more than one type using different ingredients. I go for the classic cabbage and carrots, but you can use a different kind if you like.
- Mayo - The base of the dressing because it is low in carbs and high in fat. Just make sure to use real mayo, not a light or low fat version since they use added sugars.
- Keto-friendly Sweetener - I used Swerve, but Monkfruit and other low carb options can work well too.
- Vinegar - I use regular vinegar, but white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar can work too. You may notice slight flavor variations if you use different kinds of vinegar though.
- Lemon Juice - For the freshest, best flavor, I recommend using freshly squeezed lemons, but bottled juice can also work.
- Seasonings - Nothing too fancy here, just salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
How to make Keto Coleslaw
Follow these super easy steps to get the recipe ready in no time!
1. Pour the coleslaw mix into a large bowl.
Pretty easy step, cut open the bag and pour it into a large bowl. This will help with mixing it up and not making a big mess.
2. Make the dressing
In a separate, small mixing bowl, mix together all of the remaining ingredients. You will want to create a smooth consistency.
3. Pour and toss
Next, pour the dressing into the bowl with the coleslaw mix. Toss the coleslaw mix with the dressing until the coleslaw is evenly coated.
4. Chill and serve
Before serving, you need to let the slaw rest so the flavors come together. Cover the bowl or scoop it into an airtight container before chilling in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled with your favorite entrees and sandwiches.
How to Store Coleslaw
Coleslaw may be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. You will want to make sure it is tightly covered to keep it fresh.
And slaw is like a good soup: it tastes best the next day. So definitely make this ahead of your next get together.
What to serve with
Coleslaw is to barbeque what peas are to carrots. Some things just go great together. I love to whip up this slaw when I serve things like:
- The Best Baked Chicken Drumsticks
- Best Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Wings
- Best Air Fryer Brats
- Easy Oven Brats (Ready in 20 minutes!)
- Juicy Keto Ribs
You may also want to serve the slaw with your favorite sandwiches or wraps.
It can also make a crunchy base for a big salad with shrimp or chicken on top.
- 16 ounce bag of coleslaw mix
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sweetener, (I used Swerve)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Pour the coleslaw mix into a large bowl.
- Make the dressing. In a separate small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients until they are creamy.
- Pour the dressing in the bowl with the coleslaw mix. Toss the coleslaw with the dressing ensuring the coleslaw is evenly coated.
- Cover the coleslaw, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information and calculations are provided as a courtesy. Nutritional values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product, and brand selection. You should not rely on this information for medical advice.
Kay is passionate about living a healthy low carb lifestyle. She loves low carb comfort foods that are also family-friendly!