You are going to love this dairy free paleo coleslaw! It’s a simple side dish that is guaranteed to fill you up without taking a ton of time to prepare! Perfect for busy weeknights or family get gatherings! Vegan, dairy free, grain free, gluten free, paleo and Whole30 complaint.
I spent a good part of my weekend in the car, listening to podcasts as I drove solo between Wilmington to Charlotte. I love having a few hours uninterrupted to listen to some of my favorite podcasts, and I always feel like this is such a great use of my otherwise unproductive time.
One of the podcast episodes I listened to On Air with Ella Episode 124: Dr. John Berardi on the Perfect Diet. Dr. Berardi is the founder of Precision Nutrition. I am a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach so I was of course super interested in hearing about the underlying theories in the founder of the program. One of the big takeaways was that no matter what diet you choose – vegan, paleo, whole30, South Beach, intermittent fasting, Keto, etc., there were some common threads that seem to lead to people feeling amazing and getting results.
First the focus on the quality of the food. If you have ever done a Whole30, gone paleo or vegan, you automatically start reading ingredients like it’s your job. Most people also start cooking more and eating more whole foods – vegetables, fruits, less processed starches and removing or reducing their sugar intake. Instead of focusing on the differences in these diets/lifestyles, focusing on what they have in common causes us to see the commonalities that make them all so effective.
One of my goals with Bites of Wellness is helping you find ways to eat more vegetables without hating it! I know how hard it can be to be the only vegetable eater at the table, but I also know how incredibly amazing you feel when you fill your plate first with vegetables. Vegetables are full of water, fiber, phytonutrients and micronutrients. They are also pretty darn tasty if you know what you are doing!
So this dairy free paleo coleslaw is a simple way to get in more veggies. I think coleslaw is like an entry level dish for anyone who doesn’t love vegetables. The cabbage is covered in a creamy Italian dressing, it pairs well with fun foods like burgers or salmon, and can be made in big batches so you can enjoy it for a few days in a row if meal prep is something you are focused on!
The creamy Italian dressing is what makes this coleslaw so irresistible. The base of this dressing is a dairy free yogurt. My favorites are plain unsweetened Kite Hill Greek style yogurt (which is Whole30 compliant) and Forager Project Cashewgurt Unsweetened Plain Yogurt. If you are not dairy free, you could also use a good quality grass fed organic greek yogurt as well.
PS: This recipe calls for a tablespoon of maple syrup which really helps balance out the tart of the vinegar and yogurt. If you are currently doing a whole30, add 1 date and be sure to blend the dressing well before adding it to the paleo coleslaw!
How to Quickly Shred Cabbage
Here is a great tip for you on shredding your cabbage (which admittedly is the hardest part of this paleo coleslaw recipe). Use your spiralizer (affiliate) or buy it already shredded (but the spiralizer is the way to go in my opinion). All you have to do is remove the outer leaves, place the core opposite of the blade and shred shred shred. I can now shred an entire cabbage head in about 1 minute flat!
Other Paleo Coleslaw Recipes:
Crunchy Paleo Cabbage Salad by Tessa the Domestic Diva
Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples by A Mindful Mom
Dairy Free Paleo Coleslaw
- 6 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 packet broccoli slaw
- Shred the cabbage using a sharp knife or a spiralizer.
- Add 1 bag of broccoli slaw to the shredded cabbage and stir to combine
Creamy Italian Dressing
- Combine the ingredients for the Creamy Italian Dressing in a small blender, food processor or with an immersion blender in a large jar. If you are not using a date, you can also mix this by hand.
- Pour the dressing over the cabbage and broccoli slaw mixture. Stir well and serve cold.