Red Cabbage Slaw With Creamy Avocado Dressing

This nutritious,fibre-rich red cabbage slaw is a rainbow salad made with creamy, dairy-free, egg-free avocado dressing. It’s paleo, low-carb and vegan-friendly dish that can be served as a side or on its own.

Red Cabbage Slaw With Creamy Avocado Dressing & Cilantro

I make a red cabbage slaw on a weekly basis, and I especially love using this cabbage both for its pretty colour and its nutritional profile (very high in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre!). Most of the time I use a mayonnaise-based dressing for my slaw salads but today I am trying out a dairy-free and egg-free creamy avocado dressing.

You can find the recipe for my Creamy Avocado Dressing here. It’s super versatile and works really well in a slaw-type salad. Seriously, you would think it contains double cream or mayo because it’s so thick and creamy. The flavours of lemon and a touch of garlic really compliment the nuttiness of the avocado fruit. Coriander is an amazing herb to serve with this dressing, but you can also use basil or parsley.


I often make a variation of this slaw salad as a side dish with chicken nuggets or baked fish and sweet potato chips. It’s a fantastic side with anything Tex Mex. I love them with all tacos (especially with these shrimp taco from iFoodReal) or in a naked burrito bowl. It’s satiating enough to be the main side with burgers or chicken patties, roast chicken or my slow-cooked brisket. 

Plus, it can be served as a main dish by adding a little protein to make it more substantial. You can do shredded chicken or beef, chickpeas or lentils, grilled tofu, prawns, canned tuna or salmon and so on. Even just a few boiled eggs will do. 

And, it’s one of my go-to salad for barbecue gatherings. 


Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Dairy-free, Vegan)


This recipe is for a small batch of the slaw that you can enjoy as a simple salad meal, or you can add some grilled chicken, meat or seafood on top.  

You can make a larger batch of the red cabbage slaw salad and store it undressed in a large Ziplock bag. You can use a variety of crunchy vegetables in this salad. I like to add a few different colours for a full rainbow effect. 

Having a food processor is really handy if you’re making a lot of this salad as shredding the cabbage and all other vegetables require a little bit of time and effort. It’s all worth it, of course, especially as it will keep for a few days in the fridge (without the dressing). I store the dressing separately and mix it with the salad just before serving.

Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe


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Red cabbage slaw

Red Cabbage Slaw With Creamy Avocado & Coriander

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Slaw
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make a simple yet delicious and nutritious red cabbage slaw with plenty of rainbow veggies and creamy avocado dressing. This recipe is dairy-free, vegan, raw, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30-friendly.


  • 1/2 red cabbage, cut into quarters and finely shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 yellow or red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stick, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Creamy Avocado Dressing (see link above in the post)
  • A large handful of fresh coriander / cilantro leaves
  • 2 lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Combine salad ingredients with most of the dressing in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl or divide between bowls and drizzle with a little more dressing and scatter the coriander leaves over the top. Serve with a couple of extra lime wedges.


Nutrient boosts: for extra zinc and vitamin E, add some pumpkin seeds; for extra selenium, add 2 chopped Brazil nuts; for extra calcium, add sesame seeds and baby spinach or shaved Parmesan cheese of feta; for extra protein, add any cooked protein of choice.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups slaw + 2 tablespoons dressing
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 13.4 g
  • Sodium: 503 mg
  • Fat: 17.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.6 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Red Cabbage Slaw With Creamy Avocado Dressing & Cilantro

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  1. Thank you for the recipe! It was easy to make and very delicious as your recipes always are. I didn’t have coriander so I was using fresh parsley that I always in my fridge. I love your recipes!!!

    Have a nice day

    1. Hey Marion, simply lack of time on my behalf. Running this blog (which is a bit of a huge machine) takes a lot of time and I often don’t have the time to calculate all the calories etc. But you are welcome to do so yourself using something like MyFitnessPal calculator.

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