One of the top sides to bring to any barbecue is coleslaw since it tastes great with meat, baked beans, and veggies. However, it is often filled with fat from all the mayonnaise and doesn’t contain a lot of nutrients aside from the cabbage. Here are some different ways to make coleslaw a little healthier.
Use Greek Yogurt
One of the things that makes coleslaw unhealthy is the mayonnaise and sour cream that is typically used. A much healthier option is to replace mayo and sour cream with some plain Greek yogurt. Don’t use vanilla, because it still has flavor. You really want to have just the planned yogurt. If you don’t like Greek yogurt, using regular yogurt will also work. All the other ingredients can still be the same, including your lettuce, cabbage and carrots, vinegar, mustard, and the seasonings you prefer to use.
If you don’t want to use yogurt, you can still get a lighter version of mayo and sour cream, either the low fat or fat-free varieties.
Add More Veggies to it
Another way to make it healthier than the traditional recipe is to use more veggies. Instead of just lettuce and carrots, get creative and start packing it full of chopped veggies. Go with smaller pieces so that you still have a nice slaw to work with. Veggies like onions, bell peppers, jalapeno for spice, and small pieces of tomato all work really well. You can also bulk up on the carrots for more nutrients if you know the guests aren’t big lettuce or cabbage fans. Remember the more variety of veggies you have, the healthier your coleslaw is going to be.
Try Cranberries and Almonds
This is a nice coleslaw if you want it to be on the sweeter side. It is amazing any time of year, but especially if your BBQ or potluck is closer to the fall season. You can start with the same basic ingredients, then use your Greek yogurt to mix it together. Instead of the hearty seasonings, make it sweeter by mixing in some cranberries and almonds. You can also choose other berry and nut combinations as long as they go good with the veggies you have in the coleslaw. Just make sure your berries are cut into small pieces. Some other nuts that are good are pecans and walnuts. These go great with this type of dish.