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Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

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Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Morningstar Farms.

As an adult, there are a handful of foods that I keep willing myself to like.

I’ve made baby steps of progress with things like mustard, ground beef, cauliflower, and pickles, and will at least eat them (and somewhat enjoy them) when served to me. But there is one condiment that — no matter how many times I force myself to dip a fry or toss a salad or slather a sandwich with a spoonful to sample — I just can’t seem to do it. I appreciate it, and even like the ingredients used to make it, but just cannot seem to actually enjoy the taste of it for the life of me.

Sorry, mayo. I think I’m officially giving up on you.

Thankfully, Greek yogurt — which I love — has come to the rescue with countless recipes that are traditionally mayo-based over the years. And one of my recent substitution successes was with the ultimate potluck side that happens to be especially popular in my bbq-loving hometown of Kansas City — coleslaw! That’s right, mayo-free coleslaw is possible!  Plus, it’s significantly healthier than its traditional counterpart, it only takes about 5 minutes to make, and it’s super delicious.

Shall we make some?

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

I actually made a batch this past Friday to kick off the 3-day weekend, and am making a second batch tomorrow to take to a Memorial Day party with some friends out in Lawrence. Many of my friends and I are observing “Meatless Mondays” lately, so I’m bringing along some of my favorite Morningstar Farms veggie burgers to grill out along with the coleslaw. As I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts, I’m partnering with Morningstar Farms this spring to create some new plant-based meatless recipes to share with you, as part of my own commitment to eat less meat for health and environmental reasons this year.

But with a veggie burger loaded with coleslaw like this, I’m pretty sure no one will miss the meat for a second.
Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

To make them, simply begin by mixing up a simple Greek yogurt creamy dressing to go on top of the salad. (And then if you’re making burgers, cook one up at the same time either on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill.)
Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

Then pour the dressing over a bowl filled with shredded cabbage (green or red or a combo), shredded carrots, and some green onions.

I used up a package of some green cabbage that I had on hand, and then added in some extra carrots. But you can also buy the premixed bag of cabbage+carrots at the store.Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

Give them a good toss, and season with some salt and pepper.

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

Then serve it up!

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

I grilled up some of Morningstar Farm’s Roasted Garlic and Quinoa veggie burgers for this batch, but this classic coleslaw would go well with any of their veggie burgers.

Quick, easy, delicious, and marvelously mayo-free. :)

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Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This Greek Yogurt Coleslaw recipe is mayo-free, lighter, quick and easy to prepare, and perfectly creamy and delicious!


  • 1 (10-ounce) bag shredded cabbage (about 4 cups)*
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 2/3 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • pinch of salt and freshly-cracked black pepper


  1. Combine the cabbage, carrot and green onions in a large bow, and toss to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, mustard celery salt, and a pinch of salt and pepper until combine.  Taste, and season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Pour the Greek yogurt mixture into the cabbage mixture, and toss until evenly combined.
  4. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Morningstar Farms. I am partnering with them to bring you some delicious new meatless recipes this spring, and all opinions are 100% my own as always. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible!Greek Yogurt Coleslaw -- the classic coleslaw we all love, lightened up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and ready to go in 5 minutes! |

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76 comments on “Greek Yogurt Coleslaw”

  1. Hooray for coleslaw, my favorite summer food! I can’t wait to try this recipe out! My favorite way to jazz up coleslaw is to add finely chopped green apples. So delish.

  2. What a refreshing change from a mayo base! I like both, but definitely like to change things up sometimes. Love this!

  3. I agree with you re mayo. My father-in-law LOVES cole slaw — I will now make it with greek yogurt. It is such a wonderful product!

  4. Coleslaw is of my favorite salads! Healthier version without mayo is even better!

  5. I am so happy I found this recipe! I love, love, love coleslaw but am always worried about the double cream + mayo combo, which is just so rich. This is perfect! x

  6. I am SO with you on the I-hate-mayo train. Blech! I use Greek yogurt as a substitute in everything that calls for mayo, too! I 

  7. This slaw sounds wonderful.  Unlike my husband, who believes that mayo is a food group unto itself, which should be eaten in large quantities, I’m more like you.  I frequently sub Greek yogurt for mayo – and for other things.  The most recent thing I’ve discovered is that full fat Greek yogurt is a perfect sub for sour cream (you can do it with fat free Greek yogurt, but then you need to add a little sugar – about 1t per cup).

    I would probably leave the onions out of this because we wouldn’t eat it all at once and at least for my taste buds, onions don’t keep well in the fridge when cut.  Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day!

  8. Even I am not a great fan of mayo! The greek yogurt sounds so good .. Am all set to try this out!

  9. This is wonderful! I give up on Mayo too!… btw those burgers looks delicius too! :)

    • Thanks, Natalia! : D

    • can’t wait to make this. I usually make coleslaw with a vinegarette but was looking for normal healthy coleslaw. I like mayo but too unhealthy and coleslaw requires alot. gonna have it tonite with burgers.

  10. An avid Greek yogurt lover over here! I use it on almost everything. Love that you use it on coleslaw instead of mayo. Appreciate Morningstar Farms, great brand. 

  11. Sounds delicious! I used to not be a fan of cole-slaw, but my aunts ramen noodle cole-slaw won me over a few years ago. Now it sounds like I need to give this one a try. 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

    • Thank you! And that ramen noodle cole slaw sounds a little similar to my Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad!

  12. Greek yogurt really does make everything better. I was never a lover of coleslaw, except on sandwiches. These look lovely!

  13. I had no idea you didn’t like pickles? Uh oh, they’re my fave! And I do like mayo but can totally be down with a good greek yogurt as an alternative–I use it in my tuna salad all the time. Great idea for jazzing up a veggie burger. 

  14. Love the use of greek yogurt in this Coleslaw, Ali! Anything mayo-free is made for me :) I’m so trying it soon! thanks for sharing! 

  15. This looks delicious! I’m usually a vinegar based coleslaw girl, as I too DESPISE mayo. Yuck. Thank you for an easy and healthy alternative!!

    • Agreed!!!! Hallelujah for Greek yogurt as an alternative. ;)

    • I, too ,have always made coleslaw with a vinaigrette dressing. But I am definitely trying Greek yoghurt! We have lots of Turkish shops near us. I presume they are much the same? I will just leave out the honey as hubby has diabetes. Many thanks

  16. I have this in the fridge, melding for dinner. It was delicious even before it got to sit so I can only assume it’s going to be even more delicious. The only thing I did to your recipe was add a tablespoon of dill to the dressing. Nice brightener, although yours was probably spot on without my addition!!

  17. Meredith – I second the dill! I thought the sauce was delicious, but when I mixed all the veggies in & did a taste test, I decided to add some dill & boy did it kick it up a notch! Ali thanks for sharing such a great recipe!!! Your blog is my FAVOURITE and I share it with everyone!

  18. Thank you, I’m relieved to find somebody else that doesn’t like mayo  (though Japanese mayo isn’t too bad). I will definitely try this recipe. Potato salad is another that is usually made with mayo but my husband makes his with cream and sour cream, yum! Thanks again. Xo 

  19. This recipe sounds great and would love to do it for a BBQ we are hosting at our place. Could the dressing be made in advance and still be as amazing?

    • Thanks Sabrina — we hope you enjoy it! Yes, the dressing could definitely be made in advance. Just give it a good whisking before you use it. :)

  20. I used to be a big mayo fan but use it sparingly these days but this is BETTER than mayo. I am a bigger yoghurt fan, so this is right up my alley. I didn’t have celery salt on hand when I made this coleslaw but it was still delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  21. For some reason I cannot see the directions on this recipe. I am sure it’s super easy.

  22. Very good, family liked it very much. Red and green cabbage; used a food processor.

  23. Would it make a difference if you use ACV “with the mother” or just regular ACV? I just made this tonight and the ACV was really strong. I added more Greek yogurt and seasonings, but it was still overpowering. I used ACV with the mother, I didn’t know if that would make a difference or not?

    • We would think either one would be fine since they both have the same acidic level, but that’s good to know the one with the mother was a bit too strong, thanks for sharing with us!

  24. My husband and I really enjoyed this cole slaw with our smoked pork last night. I followed the recipe almost exactly – GREAT JOB, Ali. I used crushed celery seed because I didn’t have celery salt, but otherwise stuck with your recipe. Thank you. Now I will print it for my recipe box!

  25. Absolutely delicious! The whole family loves this coleslaw – thank you!

  26. I made this and I LOOOOOOVED it! Delicious!!

  27. None of the men folk knew the difference and my sister-in-law demanded a copy of the recipe! I will definitely make it again!

    Do you have a no mayo potato salad recipe?

  28. Do you know how many calories are in the recipe ?

  29. Made the dressing or a dinner with 1 guest who is wheat intolerant. I used a pre- bought kale coleslaw mix and added roast pumpkin cubes. super yummy and healthy dressing, thanks!

  30. Just made this as I was out of mayo, and I do like using greek yogurt in its stead when it works. This dressing really turned out great. I highly recommend this recipe and will use it again. And it’s wonderful that it’s healthier. I did make one change I added about 2 tbsp. of lemon juice, which I love. It gives a more lemony flavor, but the choice is yours. (Plus, I have lemon juice frozen in 2 tbsp. cubes. So just easier to add this way.)

  31. Love the meatless Monday idea. Looking forward to making this coleslaw for a BBQ this afternoon… thank you!

  32. I am allergic to eggs and soy so mayo is out for me. My husband loves mayo. This is the first dressing that he and I both love! The only substitution was 2 TB of sugar instead of honey. Great recipe!~

  33. Summer staple I’ve been making for a couple of years now. My family prefers this to mayo!

  34. Your dressing is our favorite. I added a tiny bit of grated lemon peel. Thanks for sharing it!

  35. I’m going to add this to my recipe section on It’s a great one that people could easily adapt for CBD. Getting that into our daily food is so good for us and the omega 3’s in the oil will make this an even healthier dish. Thanks for the great recipe!

  36. Perfect tangy, hint of sweetness, coleslaw! No more mayo based dressing for me!!!

  37. This is fantastic and fresh! I’m going to refer it to For me the key is temperature as serve chilled and fresh black pepper create such a great battle on your taste buds! Thanks!

  38. This is a fabulous recipe…I’m adding this to my blog on CBD Food recipes on I love that you an easily ad this to any dish to give it a wow factor! Thanks for the great recipe and inspiration.

  39. Fabulous alternative to all that heavy mayo and what a deliciously fresh taste ! Definitely a winner for this summers Barbecue s ?

  40. Mayo coleslaw last 3-5 days in the fridge. Does yogurt coleslaw last longer?
    By the way I tried this recipe in its fabulous never going back to mayo.?

  41. Love this recipe of Greek yogurt coleslaw! I only ever use this dressing now on my coleslaw ??

  42. Amazing alternative to mayonnaise! Thank you:)

  43. This is sitting in my fridge awaiting dinner. Can’t wait to try it. I used to buy a yogurt based brand name coleslaw dressing but can no longer find it. I AM a mayo fan but always looking for healthier alternatives for daily meals. Can’t eat like it’s thanksgiving every day! I made it to your exact specifications including the Dijon which I like to do the first time I try a recipe if I have all the ingredients.

  44. I’m happy to have found a healthy version of a dressing. I too have given up mayonnaise. This was very good—a little tangy but next time I’ll reduce the vinegar or juice.
    Thank you!

  45. Very glad to find this recipe! Tried a different version of coleslaw yesterday and knew that it was no Mayo and was searching for an alternative. This is what I can eat and not feel sick afterwards because of all the fat from mayonnaise in it. I agree that apple’s added sounds really nice as well!! Thanks for the recipe, I enjoyed Morningstar Farms chicken patties.

  46. Hmm. I like all the ingredients, but mine came out tasting like sweet lemon yogurt. Way too much honey for my taste. Kind of reminiscent of breakfast coleslaw parfait or something. :) It was pleasant, but not really what I was aiming for. I added double the vinegar, some onion powder, lemon pepper, fresh dill and cilantro to make it more savory. I am happy with how fresh and healthy the existing recipe is! I’ll make again, just with half (or maybe less) of the honey.

  47. I have done your recipe many times and slowly it has evolved…
    – red onions instead of green ones
    – omit lemon juice and honey
    – add garlic granules

  48. I followed this recipe and at the end, it tasted like cabbage mixed with greek yogurt. The dressing never ended up tasting like coleslaw dressing. I understand wanting to eliminate mayonnaise, but it just wasn’t as tasty without it.

  49. This tastes great. I thought the vinegar, lemon juice, and yogurt might be too much acid, but it was fine. Didn’t have green onions on hand for this batch, will try them out in the next batch (or use chives). Can’t have honey (too much fructose), so I used a stevia cup-for-cup product instead.