Low-Calorie Creamy Coleslaw

Cole Slaw
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Total Time 15 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 0 min
Yield About 7 cups (74 calories each)

We know an easy way to cut down on calories and fat in coleslaw is to swap the creamy dressing for a vinegar-based one. But there is still hope for those of us who crave the creamy version. Since the mayonnaise is the culprit, that's the ingredient to replace. By combining a reduced-fat mayo with Greek nonfat yogurt, you maintain the coleslaw's creamy texture and a bit of the mayonnaise flavor. If the end result is too tangy, however, add a little sugar to balance it out.

To make this coleslaw dressing even quicker, use a seasoning mix such as Penzey's buttermilk ranch seasoning. This coleslaw is great with barbecue or any grilled food. The cold creaminess is great up against hot BBQ spices.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar to taste, optional
  • 1 pound cabbage, shredded, or 1 bag coleslaw mix

Preparation

  1. Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, and seasonings together in a liquid measuring cup. 
  2. Taste and balance the lemon juice, salt, and sugar to your own taste.
  3. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and pour over the dressing. You may want to mix half of the cabbage and dressing at a time to make it easier.

Other Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

A backyard barbecue isn't complete without a variety of side dishes.

But many of them can be loaded with fat and calories. Here are a few healthy versions of summertime favorites.

  • Healthier BBQ beans - Bring these along with the coleslaw to your next picnic or cookout. They are perfect together!
  • Broccoli turkey bacon salad - Usually this traditional salad has a fair amount of sugar, but this recipe keeps the same flavors while reducing the sugar.
  • Cauliflower "potato" salad - No potatoes needed for this low-carb copy of a classic summer side dish.  You will definitely get compliments if you bring this to a picnic!
  • Low-carb four bean salad - Filled with beans with low amounts of starch, and a dressing that's been "de-sugared," this four bean salad gets a healthy makeover.

And if you feel like your cookouts are a carb-fest, learn some tips and get inspired with these summer holiday ideas that cut down on the carbohydrates.  

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