no mayo healthy cole slaw recipe

No Mayo Healthy Cole Slaw Recipe for One

I like cabbage, and cole slaw, but most of the recipes are too heavy and have too much mayo. I feel as if I’m eating mayo, rather than cabbage. This cole slaw recipe is different. It’s healthy and has no mayo at all.

I was at The Second Avenue Deli, which is a restaurant that specializes in food that is definitely not healthy:  fried pierogies, chopped liver, and enormous pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.  But, before you get your main dish, they plop down a big bowl of pickles and another of their “health salad.”  The salad is delicious! And no mayo.

The next day, I found a recipe, which I have adapted. I reduced the servings and made a few substitutions and changes.

Delicious! And it’s easy too.  It’s great as a side dish with a turkey sandwich (or on top of one), or along with a hot dog.  Or, pastrami, of course.


No Mayo Healthy Slaw for One

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Category: side dish

Cuisine: American

one serving

no mayo healthy cole slaw recipe

Easy, healthy cole slaw recipe without mayo


  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the cabbage in half with a sharp knife. Then cut it in half again. Shred with a knife. Or, if you have one, put it in a food processor, and put that in a bowl.
  2. Cut the carrot into small chunks (the original recipe said to shred it with a cheese grater, but I like it better this way, plus it's easier). Add the carrot to the cabbage.
  3. Cut the onion into small dice and add to the cabbage mixture
  4. Make the dressing, whisking together the vinegar, oil sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture.
  6. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight to let the flavors blend together.
  7. This will keep for a week or so in the fridge if you don't eat it all at once.

Substitutions and Variations for No Mayo Healthy Cole Slaw Recipe

  • Use green cabbage (which is what the original recipe said)
  • Make it with green pepper (again the original recipe)
  • Add some cucumber
  • Try apple cider vinegar
  • Make it Asian with rice vinegar, soy sauce. and sesame oil

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