Recipe: Simple Healthy ‘Slaw

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I was inspired to come up with this because I’m really rather partial to coleslaw, but the shop-bought kind is often packed with unhealthy mayonnaise, oil and cream, and I prefer to keep my vegetables on the healthier side. This recipe is pretty much fat-free, full of veg and really tasty without being gloppy and heavy. This makes quite a lot, so would be perfect for a big barbeque, and stores well in the fridge for a few days.

Ingredients (serves 6-8 as a side)

  • ½ red onion
  • 1 carrot
  • ¼ red cabbage
  • 3 beetroots, cooked
  • 80ml (13 cup) vinegar
  • 80ml (13 cup) water
  • 4 tbsp 0% fat natural yoghurt
  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Finely slice the onion, add to a dish with the vinegar and water, and allow to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Shred the carrot, cabbage and beetroot into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Drain the onions and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix thoroughly and serve.

Red Onions

Soaking the onions in water helps to get rid of their harsh flavour when raw, and adding vinegar adds just a bit of tang (I love pickled onions). This was a revelation as I don’t mind raw onions but can’t bear that harsh taste that hangs around – blergh!

Simple Healthy Slaw
Finally, I absolutely love the bright and practical Joseph Joseph Nest 9 set and the Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler for its julienne peeler blade – it makes shredding the carrot into cute little sticks SO much easier! (90% of the kitchenware in this house is JJ and it is ridiculous <3). x