A Homemade Deli-Style Coleslaw Recipe with Yogurt

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Homemade Coleslaw Recipe Yogurt

Summer Cookouts Call For Homemade Coleslaw

If your summers are anything like ours, deli coleslaw is nearly always on the table at cookouts.

Everyone loves it. And for good reason: it’s guiltily tasty.

But, you definitely don’t want to read the list of ingredients on the label.

At best case, it’s loaded with mayonnaise. At worst case, it’s full of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and food coloring. (Yes food coloring. That one surprised me!)

Why Ruin Healthful Cabbage?

Coleslaw doesn’t have to be the guilty pleasure you know you should avoid at summer cookouts.

After all, cabbage is super healthy.

It is high in vitamins C and K, magnesium, and folate. It also has an impressive list of antioxidants. And in its natural state, cabbage is low in calories and high in fiber, so it keeps you full on just a few calories.

Furthermore, it’s cheap.

It’s one of the most inexpensive ways to get a huge bang for your buck as far as nutrients are concerned.

So really, cabbage should be a go-to food, not something you shy away from at cookouts.

A Healthful Coleslaw Recipe With Yogurt

Today, we’re taking back coleslaw and making it healthful again.

While you could make your own creamy coleslaw with homemade mayonnaise to stay a bit more true to the original, lets face it, mayo (even homemade), while good in small doses, still isn’t the healthiest ingredient to be loading up on.

To stay true to the healthy nature of cabbage, this creamy deli-style coleslaw is made with plain yogurt, rather than mayonnaise. Yogurt gives the coleslaw a nice creaminess and tang, while eliminating much of the fat that mayo would add.

So your coleslaw gets all those great, gut-healthy benefits of yogurt!

Coleslaw Ingredients

One fun thing about making homemade coleslaw is that you have more control over which veggies go into the dish.

The most classic veggie combo is cabbage, onions, and carrots. But, you can switch things up with red cabbage or red onions to add an extra pop of color. Or add in some chopped broccoli, cauliflower, or peppers if you really want to mix things up.

I like to shred my own cabbage when I make coleslaw. I find it strangely satisfying to watch the tiny shreds fall away from the cabbage head as my knife slices through. But if you wanted to make this healthy yogurt coleslaw even easier, you could grab a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix and just toss in your homemade dressing.

Healthy Deli-Style Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

This coleslaw recipe hits all the flavor marks of your classic deli-style coleslaw. It’s sweet (but not too sweet), and slightly tangy, with a nice balance of celery and other seasonings.

Prep: 15 min | Yield: 6 cups


For The Dressing:

For The Veggies:

  • 5 cups shredded cabbage (green, or a mixture of green and red)
  • 1 carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup sweet onion, minced


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together until evenly combined.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, carrots, and onions together.
  3. Pour the dressing over the veggies and mix until well-coated.
  4. For best flavor, refrigerate the homemade coleslaw, covered, for 1 hour before serving.
  5. Stir your coleslaw well before serving to re-distribute the dressing.


About Sarah Ozimek

Sarah is a writer, recipe developer, traveler, gardener, and lover of (almost) all things outdoors. Together with her husband Tim, she writes the blog Curious Cuisiniere where they explore world cuisines and cooking using real ingredients and tried and true methods, the way our ancestors have done for ages. Connect with Sarah on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. Laura says

    I really wanted to like this, but I think the ACV smell turned us all off. I would like to try again, but with White Vinegar. Thanks for sharing; I do appreciate that it is all “real”! 🙂