Avocado coleslaw in a bowl and next to a lemon, sprig of parsley, and fork.

Avocado Coleslaw – 5 Ingredient Basic Recipe [no mayo]

Nutritious, light, and simple, this avocado coleslaw no-mayo recipe uses only 5 basic and wholesome ingredients and is easily customizable. It is the perfect versatile, make-ahead salad that can be eaten in a variety of ways.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

  • Only requires 5 easy-to-find, wholesome ingredients: heart-healthy avocado, vitamin C and K-rich coleslaw, nutrient-rich Greek yogurt, freshly squeezed lemon, and everything but the bagel seasoning.
  • Takes less than 10 minutes to make
  • No special equipment needed
  • No need to chop cabbage and carrots
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning takes care of the flavor in one step
  • Customizable to suit your taste
  • Versatile: can be eaten as a side, entree, or topper in a variety of ways
  • Can be made ahead of time

INGREDIENTS & NUTRITION FOR AVOCADO COLESLAW

Ingredients for avocado coleslaw: coleslaw, 2 avocados, half a lemon, half a cup of Greek yogurt, and everything but the bagel seasoning.

Coleslaw

Make prepping a snap and buy the bagged coleslaw. In this recipe, I use a coleslaw that has a mix of shredded cabbage and a little carrot.

If you want to add more carrots to this, look out for shredded carrots at your grocery store.

Cabbage has an impressive amount of nutrients. Notably, just 1 cup contains over 50% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for vitamin C and 85% of the RDI for vitamin K.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps the body heal and repair and helps absorb iron. It is also needed to form blood vessels, collagen in the bone, and muscles.

Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting–which helps prevent excessive bleeding. Additionally, it supports bone health.

Avocados

Also known as butter fruit, avocados are nutritious and widely known for their substantial amount of monounsaturated fat–a healthy type of fat that can help reduce bad cholesterol which can lower the risk for heart disease and stroke.

Avocados also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, types of carotenoids that help protect the eyes. What’s more, they contain folate, an essential nutrient for a healthy pregnancy.

Lemon

In small quantities, the acidity of lemon helps enhance the other flavors in a meal. One lemon contains about 50% of the RDI for vitamin C.

Plain Greek yogurt

I use plain Greek yogurt made with whole milk as it lends a creamier texture and better flavor. However, you can use low-fat or non-fat yogurt.

Like regular yogurt, you can find Greek yogurt in single-serving sizes or larger containers. Greek yogurt is nutrient packed with about 15-20 grams of protein in 1 cup.

Protein is our body’s building blocks for our bones, muscles, and tissues.

Greek yogurt is also rich in calcium, an essential nutrient for bone and muscle health. In addition, calcium supports blood circulation, the nervous system, and heart function.

Everything but the bagel seasoning

EBTB seasoning is a blend of dried garlic, dried onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and salt that can be added to any dish.

STEPS

Firstly, start with scooping the avocados out of their skin. If you need a quick lesson on cutting an avocado and scooping it out of the skin, click on this wikiHow article. Another easy way to cut avocados is to cut in quarters lengthwise, going around the seed, then scooping out the slices.

Secondly, in a medium-sized bowl, mash the avocados with a fork, then add the Greek yogurt and combine.

You may use a food processor or a blender if you have those appliances. I prefer to use a fork and bowl because it’s less clean up and takes less space in my dishwasher. Do whatever works for you!

Thirdly, add the everything but the bagel seasoning and lemon to the avocado yogurt mixture. Stir to combine.

Lastly, place the coleslaw in a food storage container or in a serving bowl if you’re planning to serve immediately. Then add the avocado and yogurt mixture into the container of coleslaw and stir gently to combine.

Gently stir in optional ingredients if you’d like.

Taste and adjust the seasoning and flavors as needed (see notes on the recipe card). Enjoy as a side dish or added into other dishes…read on in FAQ for ideas!

Bowl of no mayo avocado coleslaw made with Greek yogurt next to a fork, parsley sprig, and lemon,

FAQ

What can I serve avocado coleslaw with?

Serve as a side salad
– Add to a salad entree bowl with other veggies and protein – chicken, shredded pork, beans or chickpeas, or whole cuts.
Use as a filling for sandwiches, sliders, and wraps.
Add to tacos along with chopped cilantro, chopped avocado and other fixings of your choice.
– Use as a topping on burritos bowls and enchiladas.

Can I substitute the ingredients?

Customize this basic recipe to suit your taste. You can swap out the ingredients for other variations.

The recipe uses classic cabbage and carrots combo. Nonetheless, you can make this recipe with broccoli slaw or radicchio slaw. As another option, add more carrots–look out for pre-shredded or matchstick carrots.

Everything but the bagel seasoning is a great all-purpose blend, but you could use other seasonings you have on hand, too. Start with basic salt and pepper and add other seasonings to your taste. Consider taco seasoning with coleslaw in tacos or enchiladas. Alternatively, 5 spice blend with green onions and cilantro would also work great with a coleslaw and noodle bowl.

Swap out plain Greek yogurt for dairy free yogurt if you have a dairy allergy or intolerance.

Use lime in place of lemon. If you don’t have lemon or lime, add a little splash of vinegar for acidity.

How to store?

Store avocado coleslaw in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. Cabbage and carrots are pretty sturdy. However, to prevent the slaw from wilting as much as possible, you may keep the avocado and yogurt mixture separate from the vegetables.

Bowl of no mayo avocado coleslaw made with Greek yogurt next to a fork, parsley sprig, and lemon.

Avocado Coleslaw with 5 Ingredients

Johna Burdeos, RD
A simple, nutritious, creamy, no-mayo coleslaw recipe made with only 5 wholesome ingredients. This basic recipe is easily customizable. Try it as a side. Or as a salad entree with your choice of protein and other vegetables mixed in. Or as a filling for sandwiches, tacos, and wraps.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 140 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 fork
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 food storage container

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounce bag of coleslaw
  • 2 small avocados
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon – juice of
  • 1 1/2 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning
  • optional: 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro; 1/4 cup chopped green onions; 1/2 chopped seeded jalapeno

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, mash the avocados with a fork.
  • Add the Greek yogurt to the bowl and mix with avocado.
  • Add everything but the bagel seasoning to the bowl and combine with the avocado and yogurt mixture.
  • Squeeze half a lemon into the mixture and combine.
  • Place coleslaw in a food storage container or in a serving bowl if you are serving immediately. Add the avocado mixture to the coleslaw and stir gently to combine.
  • Gently stir in optional ingredients if you'd like.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning and flavors as needed (see notes).

Notes

  • To add more flavor overall, add more everything but the bagel seasoning or salt and pepper. 
  • For more acidity, add more lemon juice.
  • To make the avocado yogurt mixture more of a dressing texture, add about a 1/4 cup olive oil and whisk, adding more olive oil as needed. Consider keeping the dressing separate from the coleslaw if you’re planning to store it in the fridge for leftovers. This will prevent wilting as much as possible. 
*Nutrition information is an estimate based on the ingredients used. 
 
Keyword 5 ingredient, avocado, coleslaw, no mayo

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