Healthy Kale Cabbage Slaw – 5 Ingredients, No Mayo

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This is the best Kale Cabbage Slaw you’ll ever try! It’s healthy, just 5 minutes of prep and goes well with everything!

Kale cabbage slaw being mixed in a silver bowl.

This Healthy Kale Cabbage Slaw is THAT slaw. The slaw that goes well with everything: your Crispy Cauliflower Tacos, your Quinoa Cauliflower Burgers, your spring rolls, and even with your enchiladas. I’ve made this so many times and I’m actually resisting the temptation to make it again right now since the ingredients are in my fridge and it takes just 5 minutes. Best part? NO mayo, no unrefined ingredients, no complicated process. You have to make this.

Side shot of kale cabbage slaw in a white bowl with a wood spoon.

I’ve never really been a huge coleslaw fan. It’s too creamy, too clawing, and I just feel like every bite is a million calories. Not the worth-it calories like amazing brownies, but the kind that you’re regretting with each bite. So, I’ve kind of avoided it, until now. I first made this healthy kale cabbage slaw when I made my Crispy Cauliflower Tacos (please go make this tonight) and the Mr. and I knew that it would continue to be a staple in our household.

I had kale, purple cabbage and carrots in my fridge (so many carrots) and chose them mainly because of the gorgeous bright colours. What I didn’t know is how delicious it would taste. It’s the perfect amount of tang balanced with the little bit of cane sugar. The right amount of crunch and depth of flavour and has no mayo, unlike your regular slaw. Personally, I love this way more than regular coleslaw, especially the vinaigrette-ness of it.

Put it on ALL the things, then EAT all the things.


Close up of kale cabbage slaw being mixed in a silver bowl.

Fun nutritional facts?

Lots of beta carotene from the carrots, incredible amounts of Vitamin A and K from the kale, and endless amounts of benefit from the apple cider vinegar (heart healthy, weight loss promoting, blood sugar levels stabilizing). You can enjoy all your favourite slaw meals in a new, healthy way without losing ANY of the flavours. Win, win.

Your Questions Answered

Q: I’m making this kale cabbage slaw for a party. Can I make it ahead of time?

A: This slaw tastes amazing on day one, and takes only 5 minutes to prep. I would recommend making it the same day of your party.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



This is the best Kale Cabbage Slaw you'll ever try! It's healthy, just 5 minutes of prep and goes well with everything! via
Kale cabbage slaw being mixed in a bowl.

The Best Kale Cabbage Slaw

This is the best Kale Cabbage Slaw you’ll ever try! It’s healthy, just 5 minutes of prep and goes well with everything!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Salads
Cuisine American
  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded purple/red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon raw cane sugar
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Mix all the ingredients for the slaw together. Use immediately, or ideally place in fridge or on counter up to an hour so all the flavours can marry together.
  1. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
  2. You can store this slaw in an airtight tupperware container in the fridge.
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Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 9690IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. Yeah!! That’s how I love my winter salad! Gorgeous colour and flavour, Jessica.

  2. Oooo I love a good slaw!! Although, only the ones without mayo! haha This version looks delicious!!

  3. Okay, first of all, the colors in your cabbage slaw are just amazing. There’s just something about eating the colors of the rainbow that just feel good, ya know? I totally get what you mean on not liking how creamy coleslaw is… always put me off for sure. So cool that you created this for the crispy cauliflower tacos (Oh WOW) and was able to put it into so many other recipes. It looks so refreshing and tasty!

  4. Kelly says:

    Kale slaw is one of my favorites and I’m with you and LOVE that this has no mayo! It looks delicious and I could seriously have this every day!

  5. I only recently tried coleslaw, but I can tell that this version is soo much better! Can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  6. OMG.. this looks amazing Jessica. I love all the colors.. such a neat idea. People eat with their eyes.

  7. Balvinder says:

    I am a coleslaw fan and I *love* slaw like this, It looks fab with with a better taste and health benefits to top it off!

  8. Sonia says:

    Oh my god this slaw is gorgeous! Absolutely love all those colours!

  9. Rigitte says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious !!!!

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Rigitte! We are so happy to hear that!! Thank you so much for reading ?

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