Ditch the mayonnaise-based coleslaw for good!
Not a fan of traditional, mayonnaise-based coleslaw? Or maybe you love it, but you’re trying to find a healthier, plant-based recipe? No matter the circumstances, you’ll absolutely love this Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw recipe. It’s a fun, delicious new take on the typical, boring coleslaw you’ve come across at every picnic and backyard barbecue.
In addition to the lack of mayo, this recipe also uses healthy ingredients to slash calories. Once you realize that potluck dishes don’t have to pack a calorie-heavy punch, you’ll be planning a cookout every weekend!
Healthy Ingredients, Bright Colors, and Flavors You’ll Adore
We created the perfect duo by joining colorful, nutrient-dense ingredients with sweet and tangy flavors. You simply won’t be able to pass them up! Luckily, with a recipe this low-calorie, you won’t have to.
Bring on the Nutritious, Vibrant Veggies!
Bright and colorful green cabbage, carrots, and red bell pepper make this recipe stand out from all of the other side dishes on the table. These eye-catching ingredients also happen to pack a hefty dose of nutrients, too!
Green cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C, promoting healthy bones and helping repair the body. We all know that carrots are good for your eyes, thanks to their concentration of vitamin A. Red bell pepper also happens to be beneficial to your eyesight, and offers a hefty dose of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Creating a Low-Calorie Coleslaw with a Sweet and Tangy Taste
We’re trading in creamy, mayo-based coleslaw for a lighter, sweet and tangy recipe. We accomplished this by using apple cider vinegar and a bit of pure maple syrup. The zesty flavor of the vinegar pairs magnificently with the sweet syrup, and the creamy Dijon mustard brings it all together. This side dish is sure to please both lovers and haters of traditional coleslaw varieties.
A Note On Apple Cider Vinegar
You’ll find that some of the most nutritious recipes out there include apple cider vinegar, and this is no coincidence. Aside from its low-calorie count (only 25 calories in ½ cup), it also offers a wide range of healthful properties.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is believed to be beneficial to weight loss. One study suggests that it can increase feelings of fullness, thus controlling appetite. Furthermore, ACV also contains antimicrobial properties, which may be able to help your body fight certain types of infections. Apple cider vinegar is also believed to be able to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Main Course, Anyone?
While we wouldn’t blame you if you just wanted to eat this delicious coleslaw right out of the mixing bowl, it’s even better when combined with your other summer favorites!
Coleslaw pairs perfectly with pretty much any protein you’d make on the grill (think skewers, burgers, or fresh fish). It also goes exceptionally well with barbecue. Try serving our skinny, sweet and tangy coleslaw with some of our other BBQ favorites, like:
- Carolina-Style BBQ Chicken Skewers
- Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Drumstick
- Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs
- 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork for Two
Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- kosher or sea salt to taste
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon)
- 6 cups green cabbage thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup carrots grated
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion grated (I used Vidalia)
- 1 teaspoon caraway or celery seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
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