Southwestern-Inspired Coleslaw

by | Jul 16, 2019 | Easy To Prepare, Gluten Free, Healthy, No Added Sugar, Recipe, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Southwestern-Inspired Coleslaw


Southwestern flavors and additional veggies put a new spin on an old summer classic!  The yin and yang of the citrus and balsamic combined with earthy cumin give a balanced yet tantalizing burst of flavor. Pair this slaw with grilled or roasted meat, fish or seafood as a side dish, or add it to tacos, wraps, and sandwiches.

As an added bonus, the dressing is prepared with good quality fats and has no added sugar, unlike most pre-made dressing and deli slaw available.


Makes approximately 6 cups of coleslaw


6 cups cabbage, shredded (about ½ of a regular, Napa or Savoy cabbage)
1 cup shredded carrots (about 1 large or 2 small)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/3 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb
1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet or red onion

1/4 cup mayonnaise (regular or vegan; with no added sugar)
1/4 cup Greek, regular or plant-based yogurt
1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice (suggest navel or blood orange)
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (no added sugar)
1 teaspoon dried cilantro (or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Garnish

  • 1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans, almonds, toasted pumpkin, or sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro



  1. Add the cabbage, carrot, zucchini, fennel, and onion to a large mixing bowl. Toss gently to combine well.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the mayo, yogurt, oil, orange juice, balsamic, mustard, cilantro, cumin, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Whisk together until very smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour the creamy dressing over the cabbage mixture. Toss well to coat.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to chill and allow flavors to develop.

NOTE: Slaw may look a bit dry when mixing but will soften, condense and become more coated after refrigeration.

  1. When ready to serve, stir, transfer to a serving bowl or platter and garnish as desired.



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