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Keto Coleslaw

This keto coleslaw is the perfect side to any BBQ or family dinner! It’s beyond easy to prepare and only takes a couple minutes. 

low carb coleslaw in yellow dish

My mama has been making coleslaw to bring to every family get together for as long as I can remember.

It’s a totally simple recipe, but she does one special thing that takes it over the top and makes it SO GOOD. Everyone raves about it!

We use it to top pulled pork or serve on the side alongside any grilled meat.

My mama’s secret is all in her food processor. She buys a bag of coleslaw mix and then pulses it in the food processor to grind it down.

It looks super similar to KFC coleslaw – little chunks of cabbage instead of big shreds.

Of course, this healthy coleslaw doesn’t have any sugar. It really doesn’t need it and I don’t think you’ll miss it at all!

You can certainly sweeten it up with the sweetener of your choice if you like your coleslaw on the sweet side. Promise me you’ll try it without first and see what you think!

This low carb coleslaw recipe needs just a handful of ingredients.

For the slaw itself, you’ll just need a bag of shredded coleslaw mix. Easy!

coleslaw dressing on cabbage in yellow bowl

Coleslaw dressing:

For the coleslaw dressing, you’re going to use mayonnaise, a little bit of prepared yellow mustard, some heavy cream, and a little seasoning.

You can use a little garlic salt and black pepper or you can use Nature’s Seasons blend. My mama always uses Nature’s Seasons, but it’s good with garlic salt and pepper if you don’t have that on hand.

Isn’t that coleslaw dressing so simple?

If you like sweet coleslaw: you can handle this one of two ways – add a tablespoon of the sweetener of your choice.

Alternately, and this is my preferred method, you can dice up a large tomato and it to the mix. If you’ve never had tomato in coleslaw, you should definitely give this a try. It adds a touch of sweetness and it’s seriously SO GOOD. Give it a try!!

keto coleslaw in yellow dish

This homemade coleslaw recipe is so delicious!

You’ll just stir together the coleslaw dressing and then pour it into your cabbage and stir it up.

As the mixture sits, the cabbage releases a bit of water and the mixture will be a bit wetter, but this seems to be the perfect amount of dressing – it’s good right away and it’s still good after it’s been chilling the fridge for a few days.

There’s just 3 grams of carbs per serving in this recipe. I think you’re going to love it!
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coleslaw dressing on cabbage in yellow bowl

Keto Coleslaw

This low carb coleslaw takes just a handful of ingredients and it's so simple! The coleslaw dressing works perfectly every time.

Yield 8 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 14 ounce bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chives


  1. Add the coleslaw mix to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and pulse until you have small chunks of coleslaw. Remove from the food processor and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, heavy cream, mustard, garlic salt, pepper, and chives to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Pour the coleslaw dressing over the coleslaw mix and stir to combine. 
  4. Serve immediately or cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Serve as a side dish or over my low carb pulled pork!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 490mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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120 thoughts on “Keto Coleslaw”

  1. Mary Samson

    I made this tonight with a couple of changes. I used hot honey mustard, sour cream instead of heavy cream, added 1t apple cider vinegar and about a cup of halved grape tomatoes. It was great!
    I didn’t add any sweetener – never have in any coleslaw I’ve made.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hello! We didn’t measure the serving size by volume. The nutrition is based on 8 servings, so 1/8 of the dish would be a serving.

      1. Oh okay that makes sense. Since I didn’t add the heavy cream the only carb I had was the cabbage since I just used a big head of cabbage. So I took a cup as a serving with two carbs in it since that’s what a cup of cabbage has in it. This coleslaw was also absolutely amazing!! It’s my new favorite. I gave some to my friend who’s also on keto and he said it’s the best coleslaw he’s ever had!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  2. This is a great recipe which I’ve made many times. The only addition I make is apple cider vinegar to taste, which gives it some tang. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Katherine A.

    This was really, really good. I’ve never had coke slaw that wasn’t sweet, and wasn’t sure I would like it, it this is perfect. I used 1 whole head of cabbage because I had it in the fridge. Finely shredded it with a knife, and then doubled everything else. I did add a whole red onion finely sliced, but that was my only change. This will be my go-to recipe for coke slaw from now on. Amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Katherine! I’m sure it was great with the onion, too!

  4. Michael Mallett

    Your website is utterly unusable on mobile. i
    It bounces around, loads slowly, clicking things brings up a different link, then pop up videos and ads. Terrible

    1. Karly Campbell

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. May I ask what browser you’re using? We haven’t experienced that on our end and there shouldn’t be any pop ups on mobile regardless.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Sherry! The nutrition is based on 8 servings, but I didn’t measure by volume.

  5. Omg I found this recipe a few days ago & have already made it twice! I added a little chopped grape tomatoes and radishes. I used Miracle Whip instead of mayo and fresh chives. We even used it for slaw burgers. It’s the most amazing coleslaw I’ve ever had in my life!!

  6. Jennings.Luther

    A long way, you can finish step by step, and then you can’t reach without a foot

  7. I added a tablespoon of dried buttermilk powder and one of acv and a 1/2 tsp of pyrur (erthyritol/stevia blend) Made it very much like KFC’s.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could try using your choice of milk, but the colelsaw will be more liquid-y.

  8. So delicious! I’m completely ou of garlic powder and never even buy garlic salt, but I had celery salt and used that. It’s so good like that, I’ll probably just continue to use celery salt.

  9. Philip Davenport

    I love this recipe! I add 1 tsp of celery seed and 1 packet of Stevia. Deli6! However, exactly how much is one serving? Half cup, 3/4 cup, whole cup?

  10. I actually found this to be a little bland. I added some celery seed and ACV. I do live in New England, maybe I just have a specific taste for cole slaw. We do love your pulled pork and mustard bbq .

    1. Karly Campbell

      Coleslaw can definitely be a personal thing…I know I hate the sweet ones myself. This is pretty easy to doctor up though! Glad you enjoyed the pork and mustard sauce. 🙂

      1. Hi! I cannot wait to make this coleslaw, but unfortunately I no longer have a good processor. What you recommend? Thank you!

        1. Karly Campbell

          Hi Anna! You can just keep buy a bag of the alredy shredded coleslaw. The dressing will still be the same, the slaw just won’t be as finely chopped. If you want, you could chop by hand. 🙂

  11. Made this with a hint of horseradish for that wee bite… is that just a Canadian thing?

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’ve never had horseradish in coleslaw, but now I want to try it! I bet it’s amazing.

      1. I’m intrigued too; however, I imagine it would be similar to using Dijon mustard like many recipes do.

  12. Annick Mizel

    As this is posted on a multinational site perhaps you can explain what you have in these bag mixes. Just as easy to cut so I will use my head. Red and white cabbage, onions,carrots(if you want), then the dressing as above. I also use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 yoghurt, mustard salt and pepper.

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