18 Creative and Healthy Slaw Recipes

Cole slaw is, in its most basic form, a combination of shredded cabbage and mayonnaise. It comes to us from Germany and is often a complement to those other popular German imports: hot dogs and hamburgers. Cole slaw is a wonderfully cooling dish and is perfect for a cookout. It’s also a great complement to rich meat dishes that can be a bit too much on their own, which is why it so often accompanies barbecue. But slaw is more versatile than that. You can sub all kinds of vegetables for cabbage, tinker with the flavor by using other condiments beside mayo, and add new ingredients to the mix.

Here are 18 creative and healthy slaw recipes to go with whatever you’re cooking!

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    At your next cookout, bid summer (foods) a fond farewell with one of these unique and healthy veggie slaw recipes!

  • Vegan Deli-Style Coleslaw 2 of 19
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    Making a vegan sandwich? Then you'll definitely want this vegan coleslaw. You'll hardly believe there's no mayo.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Cilantro Jicama Slaw 3 of 19
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    Made from jicama, also known as Mexican turnip, this slaw is a perfect side for a taco dinner night.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Carrot Tahini Slaw 4 of 19
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    Tahini gives this carrot slaw a delightful nutty flavor.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Southwestern Coleslaw 5 of 19
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    Southwestern coleslaw is a twist on the classic recipe that adds bell peppers, corn, cilantro, and a little heat, making it a unique slaw, perfect for company.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Aggie Goodman

  • Pear and Cabbage Slaw 6 of 19
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    Pear and cabbage are two ingredients that scream "autumn," making this slaw a perfect side for cool fall day.

    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Broccoli Chickpea Slaw 7 of 19
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    This broccoli slaw is so hearty, it can serve as a meal all by itself.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Aggie Goodman

  • Classic Coleslaw 8 of 19
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    Of course, if you're making slaw, there's nothing wrong with making an old classic. After all, it became a classic for a reason.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Macki West

  • Broccoli Slaw with Caramelized Grapefruit and Avocado 9 of 19
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    Caramelized grapefruit is one of those special ingredients whose mere presence turns something like a simple broccoli slaw into an event.

    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Rainbow Chard Slaw 10 of 19
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    This rainbow chard slaw not only tastes great, it also looks great. Use it to add a little color to a meal.

    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe

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  • Brussels Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese 11 of 19
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    Try a unique approach with this offbeat, but totally flavorful, Brussels sprout slaw featuring blue cheese and bacon!

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Broccoli Stem Slaw 12 of 19
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    We all love broccoli florets, but did you know the stem is also delicious? This simple slaw uses them to great effect.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Curried Carrot Tahini Slaw 13 of 19
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    Curry and tahini transform the humble carrot into a flavor adventure incorporating tastes from around the globe. Not bad for a side dish!

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Three-Day Coleslaw 14 of 19
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    Make ahead dishes are always great when you're planning a cook-out, but a slaw you can make three days ahead of time? That's a lifesaver!

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Caroline Champion

  • Fennel and Kohlrabi Slaw 15 of 19
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    Kohlrabi is the root of a plant very closely related to cabbage; in this slaw it lends satisfying crunch with lemony undertones.

    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Fennel and Apple Slaw 16 of 19
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    Sweet apple counterbalances fennel's unique flavor in this exciting slaw.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Stacie Billis

  • Lunchbox-Friendly Broccoli Slaw 17 of 19
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    Here's a broccoli slaw that can stand up to being in a lunchbox for a few hours and still taste great!

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Stacie Billis

  • Red Slaw 18 of 19
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    Slaw has an important role as a complement to fried foods. This red slaw not only cuts the richness of a deep fried treat, it also adds a little color to your plate.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Slaw Salad with Tempeh and Avocado 19 of 19
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    Slaw's great as a side dish, but a few hearty ingredients like tempeh and avocado can turn it into a main dish.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kathy Patalsky

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