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Healthy Greek Coleslaw

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This Healthy Greek Coleslaw is chock full of all the things I love about a Greek salad and nothing like the classic coleslaw you’re accustomed to having at Summer barbecues and cookouts. Skip the heavy mayonnaise dressing, this style coleslaw gets tossed with a light and fresh lemony Greek dressing.

As my grandmother would say, this coleslaw is made with a whole passel of veggies and could be eaten as a meal all by itself!

Green cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, and bell pepper get tossed together with chickpeas, kalamata olives, and peperoncini for a big bowl of deliciousness. Healthy Greek Coleslaw is a tasty side dish for this Turkey Stack with Feta Spread, too!

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Freaky Friday blog hop

Today is FREAKY FRIDAY, y’all! That may not mean a thing to you, but it’s pretty exciting for me. Freaky Friday is a fun blog project (the brainchild of Michaela from An Affair From the Heart) where a group of food bloggers secretly cook or bake a recipe from another blog they were assigned and then reveal the recipes at the same time on one Freaky Friday morning — that’s TODAY!

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Meet Debra from Bowl Me Over

I’m so happy to introduce you to Debra from Bowl Me Over. Debra specializes in creating simple, tasty dishes that won’t have your spending all day in the kitchen — that’s right up my alley! 

I met Debra in 2018 at a photography workshop we both attended in Salt Lake City. Debra lives in Fresno, California, and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. We arrived at the SLC airport about the same time and shared a shuttle to our hotel. Debra was friendly and charming, and I immediately liked her a lot!

Since then, our paths have crossed a few times through blogging. She’s always a joy and willing to help you out if she can. That’s evident by all the birthday cakes she makes for children in foster care through Cake4Kids.

Her blog is loaded with helpful tips, too. If you own an Instant Pot, be sure to check out Debra’s complete guide to cooking in your Instant Pot and try her Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef or Instant Pot Meatloaf.

There are so, so many delicious recipes at Bowl Me Over. There’s even an entire section of homemade jam and jelly recipes like Christmas Cookie Fig Jam and Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Don’t you think either of those be a special treat in a gift basket?!

Debra even shares short cut tips for this decadent Better Than Sex Cake that starts with a boxed cake mix. I’m waiting for just the right occasion to bake Debra’s Pink Lemonade Cupcakes — they look so good!

Be sure to give Debra some love and browse around Bowl Me Over. I know you’ll find something delicious you can’t wait to cook!

healthy greek coleslaw ingredients

Healthy Greek Coleslaw ingredients

  • green cabbage
  • English cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • bell pepper
  • kalamata olives
  • peperoncini
  • chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • Greek dressing (bottled or homemade)
tossing healthy greek coleslaw with salad spoons

How to make Greek Coleslaw

Making this Greek coleslaw is as easy as chopping vegetables, literally! To make that task a little easier, I used my box grater for the cabbage and favorite chef’s knife to quickly dice up the cucumber, red onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes.

  1. Shred the cabbage and place in a large bowl with plenty of room for tossing the ingredients
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas and toss into the bowl with the cabbage.
  3. Dice the remaining veggies, slice the olives, and coarsely chop the peperoncini and add to the bowl.
  4. Give it a quick toss to combine, then pour on the Greek dressing and combine.
pouring dressing on healthy greek coleslaw

Choosing the dressing

There are a lot of varieties of Greek dressing on the shelf in the condiment aisle, from creamy to vinaigrette I opted for a light Greek vinaigrette that wasn’t so oil-heavy. If you are not a fan of Greek dressing, an Italian salad dressing would also be a delicious choice with this recipe.

You could also mix up my easy Homemade Greek Salad Dressing recipe made with dried herbs and a good quality extra-virgin olive oil. All it takes is 5 minutes!

healthy greek coleslaw in a blue bowl
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  • Asian Chicken Salad — Lots of color and crunch combine to create a beautiful and delicious, not to mention healthy, version of Asian Chicken Salad that you can make at home.
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healthy greek coleslaw in a blue bowl garnished with feta cheese

Let’s eat!

Top this Healthy Greek Coleslaw with Feta cheese and a twist of freshly ground black pepper just before serving.

Another tip from Debra is serving her coleslaw in pita pockets. I love this idea! Not only is it a great lunch idea, it’s healthy and delicious!

healthy greek coleslaw in pita pockets on a white plate with kalamata olives

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Yield: 10 servings

Healthy Greek Coleslaw

healthy greek coleslaw in a blue bowl

Skip the heavy mayonnaise dressing, this style coleslaw is tossed with a lemony Greek dressing.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 14.5 oz can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup peperoncini, chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Greek salad dressing (bottled or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Add shredded cabbage and drained and rinsed chick peas to a large bowl.
  2. Dice the English cucumber and red onions and add to the bowl with the cabbage along with sliced kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and chopped peperoncini. Toss gently until mixed well.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup Greek vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss again, adding more vinaigrette if needed.
  4. Top with crumbled feta cheese and serve.

Notes

Original recipe by Bowl Me Over

Store leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 251mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Brandi Burgess

Friday 24th of July 2020

You just combined 2 of my favorite Summer sides: Greek salad and coleslaw. This is so healthy and looks amazing!!!!

Jennifer Stewart

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Holy cow I love a Greek salad and I really love a tangy coleslaw and this is the perfect union of both! SO many flavors and textures I can't stop eating it!!

Deb Clark

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Hey my friend! I'm so excited you chose this recipe to share. You gave it so much love and it looks fabulous!! I also appreciate the kind words and review of the blog. Sheila you are such an amazing person and colleague. I'm proud to call you my friend!!

Sheila Thigpen

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Awww...thanks, Deb! You're pretty amazing, too!

Nicole Johnson

Friday 17th of July 2020

Love this so much! It looks so fresh and amazing!

MICHAELA KENKEL

Friday 17th of July 2020

Oh my word!! I love Greek salads so much - if they are on the menu, you can bet that is what I am ordering! I love the slaw version of this, how incredibly genius! Can't wait to make it with our grilled chicken this weekend!

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