Spring is on the way, and with the turn of the season daydreams of barbecues and beaches start wisping through our minds. Thick slabs of brisket, creamy potato salad and a side of coleslaw piled high on our plates are all enjoyed on a sunny beach, with the sea breeze providing some refreshing respite from the heat.

While dutifully salivating over our spring break wishes, an unwelcome reminder crashes through our consciousness — all that delicious summer fare is going to do a number on that beach-ready body. While there's no way to make brisket into a slimming snack, I've got a healthy coleslaw recipe that'll help keep you trim and fit while chowing down. 

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Nadia Doris

Coleslaw is a delicious addition to just about anything — pulled pork tacos, your drunken quesadilla, and literally everything that's been barbecued. The tragedy is that with all the mayonnaise your faux-healthy salad becomes less of a light side dish to more of an artery-clogging nightmare. 

Coleslaw can be a quick and easy venture, but making it healthy is a different story. This recipe takes out the cholesterol-inducing mayo and simple sugars, and takes on a south-of-the-border approach to everyone's favorite summer side dish. This healthy coleslaw recipe uses lime and cilantro to up the flavor, without upping the calories.

Healthy Coleslaw

  • Prep Time:1 hr 15 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 20 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 6 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 cup peeled and grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated radish
  • 1/3 cup finely cut cilantro
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • Juice 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 thinly sliced jalapeños optional
  • Step 1

    In a bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot, radish, and jalapeños (if using).

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  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the cilantro, rice vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, and salt.

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  • Step 3

    Pour the dressing mixture over the vegetable mix and toss to combine.

  • Step 4

    Cover your coleslaw and place it in the fridge for at least an hour and up to one day.

  • Step 5

    Remove your coleslaw from the fridge and toss again to thoroughly combine. Your healthy coleslaw is all ready to go, eat up!

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#SpoonTip: Add some bell peppers or thinly sliced fennel for a little more variety, or add some diced red onion for more flavorful fare.