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Keto Tangy Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Louise | May 8
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Picnic and cookout season is upon us! Get ready for it with this Keto tangy red cabbage coleslaw recipe.

History of Coleslaw

The name of this popular summer side dish was derived from a Dutch term meaning cabbage salad. That pretty much describes it.

Coleslaw can be creamy, with a mayonnaise base, or thinner, with a vinaigrette base. The creamy version is popular in America, while many international coleslaws skip the mayo.

A recipe collection from the 1770s contains a version of coleslaw with thin strips of cabbage, oil, butter, and vinegar.

Mayo showed up on the scene in the 18th century, forever changing how people made coleslaw — at least in the U.S.

Variations on Coleslaw

If you look around, particularly outside the U.S., there doesn’t seem to be a mandatory ingredient in coleslaw. In fact, some people make it without cabbage, substituting other vegetables in its place.

Onions, carrots, and apples are popular add-ins for coleslaw. A pinch of sugar is sometimes added for sweetness.

In America, you may find mustard, buttermilk, and even ketchup appearing in coleslaw. The ketchup version is called red slaw and does not contain mayonnaise.

Here, coleslaw is most commonly eaten with barbeque foods. You may also enjoy it at a nice picnic or outdoor gathering.

Cauliflower, raisins, and arugula might be found in a North African coleslaw. In Sweden, you’ll typically eat coleslaw alongside pizza.

Russian coleslaw tends to have cabbage, cranberries, carrots, and apples.

As you can see, there are more differences than similarities in the global consumption of coleslaw. Some prefer it to be tangy; others sweet. Some make it creamy, while others want it lighter.

Feel free to experiment with Keto ingredients if you have been inspired by any of the regional differences! This recipe follows the American tradition of mayo and mustard, with a twist in the form of walnuts.

More Keto Recipes

You’re probably not going to eat this red cabbage coleslaw as a meal, which means you now have to figure out the main course. Ugh.

Now to play the game of what to make, is it Keto, and will everyone enjoy it?

Make your decision a whole lot easier by checking out this page full of delicious Keto grilling recipes.

All of the options rate high on deliciousness and cost you very few carbs. Coleslaw pairs perfectly with just about anything on the page, from apple dijon pork chops to spicy beef skewers.

Keto Tangy Red Cabbage Coleslaw #keto

Keto Tangy Red Cabbage Coleslaw #keto

Keto Tangy Red Cabbage Coleslaw

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Salad, Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: American


This tangy coleslaw is a whole new take on the classic.


  • 2 cups of shredded red cabbage (approx 1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of mayo
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of mustard


  1. Toss all the ingredients together.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs:  3 g


  • Calories: 164
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.