Simply, Skinny Crunchy Slaw


There are probably as many ways to make coleslaw as there are cooks. In San Luis Obispo, I discovered the most delicious coleslaw at a barbecue joint called Mo’s.  Not only do they have the best ribs ever (definitely not skinny), they make a fantastic, crunchy slaw.  It’s not at all soggy like the typical coleslaw.  The secret to Mo’s keeping it ‘crunchy’, tossing in the dressing, just before serving.  They say they were on the quest for the best slaw and got their recipe from The Original Pantry in downtown Los Angeles.  I decided to recreate this fabulous slaw but a whole lot skinnier.  Instead of using regular mayo, I’ve tossed the slaw in my skinny ranch dressing.  Now each serving has 66 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 3 Blue WW FreestyleSmartPoints, and 3 GreenYou might just become a true slaw lover!

Prep Time: 10 minutes


6 cups shredded green cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

½ cup The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients) or reduced-fat mayonnaise

2½ tablespoons sugar

1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar


1. In a large bowl add shredded cabbage and carrots.

2. in a small bowl whisk together the ranch dressing or reduced-fat mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar.

3. Refrigerate the cabbage, carrots, and dressing until ready to serve.  Do not toss together until ready to eat.

Makes 6 servings (~1 cup each)

Food Fact
The word coleslaw comes from the Dutch koosla, which means “cabbage salad.”  Coleslaw is a salad usually of green or red cabbage mixed with mayonnaise, vinaigrette, or other types of dressing.  Sometimes other ingredients are added such as carrots, red pepper, onions, or celery.

Cabbage is an honored member of the cruciferous family which includes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

Healthy Benefits
Cabbage is a nutrient-dense, low-calorie, food that provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, B6, biotin, calcium, and a respectable amount of fiber.  In addition, studies have shown that cabbage has anticancer benefits.

Carrots have been renowned for their health benefits. They’re just about the best source of vitamin A.

Cider vinegar adds zip to food with practically no sodium, fat, cholesterol, or calories.

Prep Tip
To save time, you can buy shredded cabbage and shredded carrots in bags.  Most supermarkets carry both.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (~1 cup, based on using Best Skinny Ranch)
66 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 2g protein, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 164mg sodium, 7g sugar


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