This Keto Cole Slaw recipe is crunchy and tangy with just 2 net carbs per serving thanks to the delicious sugar-free cole slaw dressing.
Summer barbecues and potlucks don’t have to be laden with sugary sides and high carb nightmares. This keto cole slaw tastes exactly the same as you’re used to, but it utilizes sugar substitute to cut the calories and carbs. You, and your guests, won’t even know it.
Ingredients in Keto Cole Slaw
All you need to make this delicious low-carb cole slaw is seven simple ingredients:
- A bag of cole slaw mix (or fresh cabbage and carrot)
- Green onion
- Sugar substitute
- White vinegar
For the cabbage, if you want to make this salad super simple, you can purchase a bag of cole slaw mix. You’ll need a 14 oz bag. Generally these come with white and red cabbage plus carrot. Even though the carrot isn’t technically keto approved, the little bit that’s in mix isn’t enough to add more than 1 extra gram of carbs.
However, if you want to avoid the carrot, you can shred your own cabbage. I use a mix of white and red cabbage, depending on what I have on hand. You can use either. Just be sure to finely shred it. I prefer to use a mandolin to shred the cabbage.
What Sugar Substitute to Use
I use allulose as a sugar substitute. You can use Swerve, monkfruit, Erythritol or Xylitol. It’s really up to you. The reason I use allulose is because it’s a no calorie no carb sweetener like erythritol, but it doesn’t have the cooling effect. I get allulose directly through Wholesome Yum. I think you’ll really like it, especially if you also don’t like the cooling effect.
Learn more about low-carb sweeteners and conversion here.
How to Make Keto Cole Slaw
In a large mixing bowl, add the cole slaw mix or shredded cabbage, chopped green onion, and cilantro.
In a smaller bowl, combine the In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, sugar substitute, white vinegar, and salt. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. You can taste the sauce and see if it suits you for sweetness and saltiness.
Add the dressing to the salad mix and stir to coat. Taste the salad and season with salt and pepper to suit your tastes. This salad is best served chilled, so cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
Can I Make It Ahead of Time
Yes, you can make this coleslaw ahead of time, but keep in mind that the coleslaw will become more watery the longer it sits. To combat this, I like to store the dressing separate from the salad until 15 minutes before serving it.
If you want to store a large batch in the fridge to eat over several sittings, you can just add the dressing each time you take a serving. This will keep it at its freshest.
How Many Carbs in Keto Cole Slaw?
A serving of keto cole slaw is about 1/2 to 3/4 cup and it contains just 2 net grams of carbs and 146 calories per serving.
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Keto Cole Slaw
- 14 oz shredded cabbage mix or 4 cups freshly shredded cabbage
- 2 green onions chopped
- 4 sprigs cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tbsp allulose or erythritol powdered blends better
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt & ground black pepper to taste
- In a large mixing bowl, add shredded cabbage mix, chopped green onion, and cilantro. Toss to mix.
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar substitute, white vinegar and salt/pepper. Stir until sugar substitute is dissolved.
- Pour the dressing onto the salad and stir to incorporate. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is an avid home cook and recipe creator. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.