• 15MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 80KCAL

Coleslaw is a classic side dish to accompany salads, jacket potatoes and barbecues, but, as with many of our favourite things it’s pretty high in calories. So why not make your own slimming version?

  • Everyday Light
  • Gluten Free
  • Snacks and Sides

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories80
  • Carbs12g
  • Protein3.6g
  • Fat0.8g
  • Saturates0g
  • Sugars11g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Coleslaw is a classic side dish but, as with many of our favourite things, it’s pretty high in calories and the shop bought versions often use full fat mayonnaise. Our version promises all of the crunch of fresh vegetables and a creamy sauce that you can pull together in only 15 minutes, with no need to scrimp on the serving size!

So why not make your own slimming version? Perfect for salads, jacket potatoes and barbecues: let us know your favourite Coleslaw combo!

What diets is this Coleslaw recipe suitable for?

This is suitable for those following a gluten free diet, however, please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Hints & Tips

Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

Easy with a food processor !
There's only 2 of us but I make for 6 so we have extra for lunches. I add in 2 apples for extra natural sweetness.
Add a chopped apple and a few raisins for extra sweetness.
This recipe makes absolutely loads. Unless you're serving hungry hoards or you love coleslaw, make half the recipe. Adding a small squeeze of light mayo makes it taste creamy and more like shop-bought coleslaw.
I decided not to use Quark, making it with a thick yogurt instead and it is delicious.

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How many calories are in this Coleslaw?

There are 80 calories per portion in this Coleslaw, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Coleslaw is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. 

Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Chop all of the veg into thin strips.

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Step 2

Mix all of the sauce ingredients together.

Step 2

Step 3

Pour the sauce over the chopped vegetables.

Step 3

Step 4

Check the seasoning and add some more if required.

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What can I serve with this Coleslaw?

If you’re looking for some more sides to accompany this Coleslaw or a barbecue or similar, why not try;

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How long can I keep this Coleslaw in the fridge?

You can keep this in the fridge for 2 days.

This recipe makes a big batch of coleslaw, perfect for buffets and barbecues. If you want to make less you can alter the number of servings on the recipe card at the bottom of the page. Just change the number of portions and it will recalculate the ingredient amounts for you!

It is not suitable for freezing.

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Coleslaw is a classic side dish to accompany salads, jacket potatoes and barbecues, but, as with many of our favourite things it's pretty high in calories. So why not make your own slimming version?
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 80
  • Carbs 12G


  • 100 grams fat free natural yogurt
  • 32 grams quark
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 white cabbage shredded
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • 1 medium onion or 1 small red onion and 1 small brown onion - sliced
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Mix the cabbage, onion and carrots together.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the yogurt, quark, mustard powder, lemon juice. Beat well to remove any lumps.
  3. Combine the veg mix and the yogurt mix, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Elaine de BoeckSunday 28th May 2023

Can I use lighter than light mayo instead of quark


    SharonWednesday 18th October 2023

    Hi Elaine, yes, you could use Lighter Than Light Mayonnaise if you prefer but you will have to adjust the calories if they are important to you.


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