Keto coleslaw is a traditional cabbage salad without added sugar. The creamy sugar free dressing is sweetened with stevia to make it low carb friendly.
It’s the middle of July and I was looking for a quick and easy summer low carb salad to enjoy. So, I picked up a bag of pre-shredded cabbage during my last grocery store trip.
To save time, I used the bagged cabbage that already shredded. You can always pick up a head of cabbage and do that yourself. I like the pre-shredded kind for making a simple Thai chicken salad too.
I prefer making this quick and easy low carb coleslaw recipe without carrots. As most of us know, carrots contain quite a bit of natural sugar. Leaving them out lowers the carb count.
To save even more carbs, I use stevia liquid extract which has zero carbs. Unfortunately, most coleslaw dressings add sugar.
How to make coleslaw keto friendly
You’ll need about 4 cups of shredded cabbage for the recipe. This is equivalent to a 1 pound bag of pre-shredded cabbage. But I like to shred my own using the grating blade of my food processor.
Making the salad dressing
To keep carbs at a minimum, it’s always best to make your own low carb dressings at home. That way you also know there’s no unnecessary added sugar.
For the cole slaw dressing, I just use a mix of mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, stevia, and ground celery seeds. And I always use the raw apple cider vinegar instead of the filtered kind.
When making the dressing, be sure to use a zero carb mayonnaise without any added sugar. My favorite is avocado oil based mayo. And it’s super easy to make your own mayo at home.
For homemade mayonnaise, you can see my coconut oil mayonnaise. Coconut oil does make the mayo a little hard from the refrigerator so if that bothers you, use avocado or olive oil instead.
Completing the salad
To finish the salad, simply pour the prepared dressing over the shredded cabbage. Then toss to evenly coat.
If you like the more traditional coleslaw, you can certainly add in a few grated carrots. It won’t add too many carbs as long as you use them sparingly.
Although you can eat it right away, it’s best served chilled. So place it in the refrigerator for a couple hours before serving.
Carbs in Coleslaw
Most of the carbs in this keto coleslaw are from the cabbage. However, there’s no need to worry because they are mostly fiber.
There is some natural sugar contained in cabbage. Each leaf has about 1.3 grams of carbs of which 0.6 grams are fiber and 0.7 grams are sugar. But that’s not enough to knock you out of ketosis.
Serving Ideas for Keto Coleslaw
I like to make a big batch of this low carb coleslaw salad on the weekend. That way, I can eat it throughout the week. It’s a great little side item with lunch or dinner.
And, it’s easy to toss into the lunch bag for work. I could eat it just about every week in the summer.
Coleslaw is also a perfect low carb salad to take along for an outdoor party or picnic. It goes great with hamburgers and hot dogs (without the bun, of course).
Other Low Carb Cabbage Recipes
A lot of people forget about cabbage as a delicious low carb vegetable. It seems that cauliflower always gets the attention.
Cabbage is good for more than just a low carb coleslaw recipe. It can even be used as a wrap for sandwiches.
Not sure what else to do with cabbage? You can check out this collection of low carb cabbage recipes. I really enjoy making crack slaw (aka egg roll in a bowl) as well with cabbage. It’s basically just shredded cabbage fried with bacon and hamburger. Another great thing to make is grilled cabbage steaks.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with cabbage. You don’t have to limit yourself to a low carb coleslaw when buying a bag of pre-shredded cabbage.
Although cauliflower seems like the top low carb vegetable due to it’s versatility, don’t forget cabbage. I’ve seen many people use it like noodles in cabbage lasagna and in skillet dishes. And, it’s a stable ingredient in egg roll bowl recipes.
What’s your favorite way to eat cabbage?
Quick Low Carb Coleslaw Recipe
Ready to make the recipe? Here’s some kitchen items you may want to have on hand before getting started:
- Food processor with grating blade installed
- Large and small mixing bowls
- Hand whisk
- Large serving spoons
Don’t forget to leave a comment if you give the recipe a try. We’d love to know how it turned out for you!
- Mix cider vinegar with stevia (or other low carb sweetener) packets.
- Whisk in mayonnaise and celery seed until smooth dressing forms.
- Pour dressing over shredded cabbage. Toss to coat cabbage with dressing.
- Net Carbs 3.9g
- % Carbs: 32.4%
- % Protein: 5.8%
- % Fat: 61.7%
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.