This lighter creamy coleslaw recipe has both mayo and yoghurt for a slightly lighter take on the classic recipe. The essential side dish for BBQ’s, parties and much more!
ingredient list for lighter creamy coleslaw
- 1 small white cabbage – you could use red if you prefer
- 3-4 carrots
- red onion
- FOR THE DRESSING
- Plain yoghurt
- salt and pepper
- cider or white wine vinegar
- dijon or wholegrain mustard
- apricot jam or maple syrup. Apricot jam might sound strange in coleslaw, but it really adds a subtle sweetness. I tried it one day when I was out of maple syrup and it worked perfectly. But if the idea is appalling to you, feel free to use maple syrup instead!
- If you have no apricot jam or maple syrup, add 1/2 teaspoon of white caster sugar when adding the salt and pepper to the shredded cabbage.
making the coleslaw
- Shred the cabbage as finely as you can.
- Coarsely grate the carrots and chop the red onion into small dice. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and a generous grinding of black pepper.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together until smooth. Pour over the vegetables.
- toss everything together well to combine. Season to taste. Top with sliced spring onions or freshly chopped chives.
For a slightly richer coleslaw, swap the natural yoghurt for sour cream.
Feel free to swap the red onion for spring onions if you prefer. I like to sprinkle the finished coleslaw with chopped spring onions or chives, but it’s not essential.
For extra crunch, stir in some chopped walnuts. You could also add some diced celery.
Stir in a chopped apple for a delicious fruity twist.
how long will this homemade coleslaw keep for?
The coleslaw will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.
can you freeze coleslaw?
I wouldn’t recommend freezing this coleslaw. Mayo tends to separate after being frozen, so you would end up with a rather unappetizing, watery coleslaw.
what to serve with this lighter creamy coleslaw
- 1 small white cabbage, cored and finely shredded
- 4 carrots, peeled and grated
- 1 red onion, peeled and finely diced OR 3-4 spring onions, finely sliced
- Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 200g mayonnaise
- 100g plain (natural) yoghurt
- 2 tsp white wine or cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp apricot jam OR maple syrup (if you don't have either, add 1/2 tsp caster sugar when you add the salt and pepper)
- 100g chopped walnuts (optional)
- Finely sliced spring onions to garnish, optional
- Place the shredded cabbage, grated carrots and red onion in a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Whisk together the mayo, yoghurt, vinegar, apricot jam or maple syrup. Pour this over the shredded vegetables and toss coat.
- Season and stir through the chopped walnuts, if using. Top with finely sliced spring onions, if using.
This coleslaw is best made a few hours ahead of time if possible.
It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
For a slightly richer coleslaw, swap the plain yoghurt for sour cream.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 9mgSodium 179mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 3g