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Quick & Healthy Vinegar-Based Cabbage Slaw

Crunchy shredded carrot and cabbage tossed with a tangy dressing, all without the mayo! Learn how to make cabbage slaw and deliciously creative ways to enjoy it!

Quick & Healthy Vinegar-Based Cabbage Slaw

Drab, heavy, soggy… These words may be sadly describing your basic cabbage slaw.

Until now!

Whereas mayo-based slaws can be overall heavy, our vinegar-based coleslaw recipe is just how coleslaw should be:

Full of color, crunch, flavor, and nutrients while being light and refreshing.

Learn how to make a delicious vinegar coleslaw recipe, along with 5 tasty ways to enjoy this great recipe!

Cabbage Slaw with Vinegar

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition per serving: 50 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g protein, 3 g total carb, 1 g fiber

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes


• 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• 2 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced (can also use pre-shredded cabbage and red cabbage as desired)
• 1 cup carrots, shredded


1. In a large bowl, whisk the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the cabbage and carrots and toss to combine.

2. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. This allows the ingredients to marinate and become even more flavorful!

5 Tasty Ways to Serve Cabbage Slaw

This cabbage slaw is much more than a simple recipe. It functions as a complimentary side or topper to Sloppy Joes, pulled pork, tacos, and other favorites!

Sloppy Joes

Being slightly tangy and slightly sweet, it is hard not to love Sloppy Joes that pack major flavor and satisfaction!

Our Sloppy Joe recipe is a healthier take on the traditional sandwich without all the added calories. And the crunch and tang of the slaw is a nice balance to the "Manwich!"


Burgers and coleslaw are BBQ essentials and just so happen to taste great together!

Serve the coleslaw alongside the burger or get creative! Use the slaw to top one of these healthy homemade burger recipes, including a jalapeno turkey, black bean, or Mediterranean burgers.

Pulled Pork

Speaking of BBQ… This pulled pork recipe calls for smoked pork loin, which is smothered in a sweet and delicious homemade barbecue sauce.

It is recommended to be served alongside a tangy purple cabbage apple slaw using red cabbage. However, the healthy vinegar-based cabbage slaw detailed above also pairs nicely!

Like sloppy joes and burgers, it can be topped onto a pulled pork sandwich or enjoyed on the side.


Coleslaw is one of the best taco toppings you may have not known you needed!

Whereas shredded lettuce can become soggy, the shredded carrot and cabbage offer that crunch you crave.

Feel free to mix up seasonings for the coleslaw, too. A touch of chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, whathaveyou gives the recipe a kick!

Fried Rice

The crunch of coleslaw pairs perfectly with this simple and healthy vegetable fried rice recipe!

Bulk up the fried rice itself or use it as a crunchy topping. Napa cabbage, which is a type of Chinese cabbage, can also be used in place of the green cabbage.