Easiest Crunchy Coleslaw | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jul. 23. 2019

Easiest Crunchy Coleslaw

Jul. 23. 2019
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This Easiest Crunchy Coleslaw is quick to make and the perfect side for lunch or dinner.

Whipping up a quick salad one of my fortes. Salads are my go-to lunch and a staple for every dinner. In all honesty, I have eaten salad for breakfast on some occasions, needless to say, everyone here at Nutrition Stripped loves a big salad!

That being said, salads come in many forms. From this protein-rich Lemony Chickpea Salad to the Classic Kale Caesar Salad. Whatever form salads take, one of our personal favorites is this delicious Easiest Crunchy Coleslaw!

What’s In Your Coleslaw?

Coleslaw is one of those staple side dishes that most everyone has tried at some point in their life. It can range widely different, depending on where you find yourself in the world. That being said, we have tried many different types of coleslaw over the years, and this version is by far our favorite on the list.

Full transparency, this was a collaboration recipe with my husband, who grew up in North Carolina. For those of you who aren’t familiar with North Carolina coleslaw, it relies primarily on vinegar and olive oil as it’s base, instead of mayonnaise, which in turn sets the stage for a much healthier version of coleslaw.

We added our own personal twists to this classic recipe by adding local honey, dijon mustard parsley from the garden, and a little purple cabbage and for a fun pop of color.

Perfect on the go

Because this Easiest Crunchy Coleslaw is made without quickly perishable ingredients like mayonnaise, it’s perfect to pack up for potlucks, picknicks, whatever the occasion!

Whether you are packing it up to take with you, or just whipping it up for a crunchy delicious side with lunch, this coleslaw is a super easy option that everyone will love!



Cabbage might look like lettuce, but it’s actually part of the same cruciferous vegetable family as kale, broccoli, and cauliflower (1). These vegetables contain antioxidants that may help in the reduction of inflammation (2) and polyphenols that help protect the body against damage caused by free radicals.

Cabbage is also rich in vitamin B6 and folate, which support several of our body’s vital systems with cell growth and development, it has vitamin C which boosts immunity, and it’s rich in fiber which we know is great for our digestion, keeping our blood sugars stable, and keeps us feeling fuller longer.


Cabbage contains antioxidants, polyphenols, that help reduce inflammation in the body and protect the body against free radical damage. It’s also a great source of vitamin C and plays a huge part in our immune system, plays a vital role in wound healing and collagen production, and it may have a role in preventing certain cancers.

Another interesting fact about cabbage is that it contains glucosinolates which can be converted into isothiocyanate (ITC) compounds which have been shown to prevent certain types of cancers including bladder, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. (3)

The Recipe

Serves 4-6



1/4 large head green cabbage, core removed and finely diced

1/4 large head purple cabbage, core removed and finely diced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 large carrot, grated

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

salt and pepper to taste




Step 1

In a large bowl combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and celery seeds and stir to combine.

Add cabbage, parsley, and carrot and toss until well combined.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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