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No-Mayo Coleslaw

This no-mayo coleslaw is still creamy and delicious thanks to a protein-packed ingredient: cottage cheese! Serve up this healthier version at your next summer barbecue. 

This no-mayo coleslaw is still creamy and delicious thanks to a protein-packed ingredient: coleslaw! Serve up his healthier version at your next summer barbecue. | @karalydon know when you’re out to eat and you order something that comes with fries and you ask for a side salad instead? You know, to be healthier and what not? Well, I’m the girl who asks can I have a side of coleslaw instead of fries? And then I proceed to douse the coleslaw with black pepper. Because really what other way is there to eat it?

As you can see I’m a big fan of coleslaw. Buuuuut I have some serious slaw guidelines: 1. it has to be homemade (otherwise, yuck). 2. it canNOT be covered in mayo. I think they’re pretty reasonable requests, don’t you?

Mayo traditionally dominates summer cookout and barbecue sides: potato salad, pasta salad, broccoli salad (all the salads), coleslaw, etc. And one can only take so much mayo.

Enter mayo-free coleslaw that’s still creamy as ever. What makes it so creamy you ask? The secret ingredient: cottage cheese. Most people substitute yogurt for mayo in their cookout sides but cottage cheese actually works really well too. If the lumpy texture turns you off, simply puree it in the blender or food processor first. Creamy Cottage Cheese Coleslaw -3The cottage cheese packs in an extra protein punch to this slaw, making it a surely satisfying side dish. To make this recipe easier and faster, I used bagged coleslaw mix (pre-sliced cabbage and carrots). But if you’re feeling ambitious or have an overflow of cabbage and carrots from your CSA or farmer’s market, bust out that mandolin slicer!

Option to douse in pepper but I highly recommend it 🙂


No-Mayo Coleslaw

  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups shredded coleslaw mix (green and red cabbage and carrots)
  • ½ cup sliced scallions (approx. 3 scallions)


  1. In small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, cottage cheese, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, add coleslaw mix and scallions. Pour dressing over coleslaw mix and toss to evenly coat.
Creamy Cottage Cheese Coleslaw -1

Tell me, have you ever tried a no-mayo coleslaw? Ever try cottage cheese to replace mayo in a recipe?

Check out these recipes fore more summer salad ideas:

Smoky Corn and Pepper Salad

Smoky Corn and Pepper Salad

Kale and Strawberry Salad with Kefir Dressing

Kale and Strawberry Salad with Kefir Dressing

Caprese Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad |

Caprese Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Michael Wajda

    This looks great. Can you supply the nutritional info too please? I don’t keep any recipes these days without the nutritional info to keep me where I want to be.

  2. Sara

    Oh Kara, the way to my heart is coleslaw! 🙂 This one looks lovely!!!!

  3. This is genius! I am going to make this immediately.

  4. Great idea! I like your cole slaw requirements and while I’d never pass up fries for it I certainly would eat this version 🙂

  5. I totally agree with your coleslaw requirements! And I LOVE black pepper on any type of creamier salad like this!

  6. I love coleslaw! Love that you used cottage cheese to replace the mayo, so clever!!! Pinning this to make for later 🙂

  7. I love the addition of dijon mustard and honey…sounds way better than traditional cole slaw! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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