Monday, August 31, 2015

Skinny Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a most widely known and a commonly made salad in the world and esp. in this region, everyone has their own recipe/method of making it. It won't be an exaggeration if I'd state that you'd find this continental salad in every 'distorted' way possible to suit the local taste buds! 
What exactly it is? Basically its a salad made with shredded cabbage and grated carrots dressed with a mayonnaise and vinegar dressing and seasonings. Some people do add more vegetables to it and sometimes I do too but we have given a different name to it locally and call it "Russian Salad" that I shall share the recipe of in my future posts, In Sha Allah (God Willing)

As a kid, I remember there was one Kebab place in Jeddah, K.S.A that made very nice Seekh Kebabs (Barbecued Skewered Kebabs) and over the weekends, my dad used to get Kebabs from that shop when he'd crave for some good Pakistani Kebabs and they served this Coleslaw with them which was dressed with mayonnaise and cream mixed together. We siblings used to be more interested in it as the spicy food didn't attract us and maybe for the spiciness of the kebabs, they paired this cooling salad with them which was a bit sweet too. My Mom then started making it at home by keeping this fact in view that how much we liked it. 
Over our vacations to Pakistan, there was one burger joint close to my Paternal Granddad's house,  which was famous for their 'Cream Salad' they served with all of their sandwiches and burgers and we were often treated with those because as kids, we really wanted all that stuff that we ate in Jeddah and those burgers were the only solace we got at the time and it was also able to lure us into to eating our dinner happily :) That salad was cream based Coleslaw which was nice but not something that we loved.
As I grew up and got more health conscious, I am always on the look out for the healthier and tastier alternatives of the classic sweet, tangy and fattening Coleslaw dressing. The idea I came up, after various experimentation, was to use one part light mayonnaise mixed with one part of thick curd, some apple cider vinegar, a touch of regular mustard and just a tiny bit of honey all mixed together and Voila, you got the best tasting Coleslaw ready in no time which is kind to your waistline too! Shall we read the steps in detail now?

Lets get some salad-making Unleashed today! :D



Cabbage: 1 small head (shredded)
Carrots: 2 large (grated)
Light Mayonnaise: 4 tbsp. 
Thick Curd/Greek Yogurt: 4 tbsp.
Mustard: 1 tsp.
Honey: 1 tsp.
Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 tsp.
Salt: 1/2 tsp.
Black Pepper Powder: 1/4 tsp.


  1. Put both the shredded cabbage and grated carrots into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In another small mixing bowl, put the mayonnaise, curd/yogurt, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and mix everything together with the help of a whisk.
  3. Add this dressing to the vegetables and toss everything well. 
  4. Take out into a serving bowl and refrigerate till ready to serve.
  5. Ideally make it 4-6 hours prior to serving and keep it refrigerated.
  6. Serve chilled as an appetizer, main salad or as a side dish. Goes great with Pizza, Burgers and Sandwiches too. 

Serves 4-6  

  1. Light mayonnaise and yogurt can be replaced with the vegetarian/vegan version of them.
  2. You can omit adding mayonnaise altogether and double the quantity of the Greek yogurt if you do not wish to add it for any reason. 
  3. If you wish to make Coleslaw a day ahead, just prepare the vegetables and store them in an airtight box. Mix the ingredients for the dressing and store it in another airtight jar. Keep both refrigerated and just mix about 30 minutes before serving. Keep it refrigerated.  
  4. Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight box and stays well up to a day if kept well in the fridge.
  5. In the countries where the Coleslaw mix is easily available in the cold salad section of the stores, the fresh vegetables can be replaced with that.

That's all folks! :) The quantity of the ingredients can be always be adjusted according to your need and desire. I hope you enjoy making and eating it. Until next time, keep sharing the goodness of this greatest blessing, that has been bestowed in abundance upon us the lucky ones, with the less fortunate ones. Jazak'Allah Khair! (May Allah reward you) 

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  1. Healthy one.. I like to have this salad in summer.

    1. Yes, its really very refreshing.
      Thank you! :)

  2. Wow it looks so easy and delish..Thanks for sharing !!

    1. I'm glad you liked, Jolly!
      Thanks so much! :)

  3. Skinny Coleslaw - This is perfect for salad and sandwiches. Great recipe.

  4. Sounds delicious. I love apple cider vinegar in everything. I feel like it's the miracle ingredient!

  5. This looks so light and delicious! I am not a fan of coleslaw with tons of mayo in it and you have lightened this up beautifully:)

  6. I've never been a coleslaw fan simply because it's usually loaded with mayo, and I don't like mayo. Love seeing an alternative to all those heavily mayoed recipes!

  7. The perfect side dish! I love coleslaw!

  8. I always like reading your stories Madiha, thanks for sharing! Plus this coleslaw really looks great. Probably some people have to adapt their go to recipes to enhance flavour to this one ;-)

    1. Glad to hear that, Fox! Thanks so much!
      Much appreciated :)

  9. This is perfect for a Labor Day picnic. Of course I'd have to use a vegan mayo and yogurt. :)

  10. Beautiful childhood memories followed by a delicious and nicely modified coleslaw. I too try not to eat a large portion of the salad because of loads of Mayo. Your recipe has it not only lighter but with honey and mustard I am sure I would love to try this one.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!
      Much appreciated! :)

  11. I haven't had coleslaw in a while so this is an absolute delight!!