Sugar-Free, Low-Calorie Coleslaw

edited 2/17/23

Remember the coleslaw at Chick-fil-A? It was sooo good. They’ve since replaced it with an equally delicious kale salad, but I’ll never forget the awesomeness of their coleslaw. In fact, I liked it so much, I made my own sugar-free low-calorie coleslaw masterpiece.

sugar-free coleslaw

I’m pretty picky about my coleslaw. In fact, there are only a couple of places I choose to get it from — one is my mom’s. She makes an amazingly fresh, crunchy, and sweet coleslaw. The other place is Publix, a grocery store here in the south. They really have perfected a delicious, mayo-rich coleslaw recipe.

“What makes a good coleslaw?” you might ask.

Well, this is what I asked myself when I went searching for a coleslaw recipe that would go well with my BBQ and baked beans but also wouldn’t thwart my new healthy lifestyle. It has to be sweet. It has to be crunchy. It has to have the right tanginess from the mayo. It has to look pretty. It has to be healthy.

Sugar-free low-calorie coleslaw: A Healthy Alternative

This can be hard to achieve while staying within a caloric budget, so I developed this recipe in an attempt to consume my veggies, maintain my weight, and enjoy the sweet and tangy side dish that goes so well with just about anything. And since my hubby is a diabetic, I chose monk fruit as the perfect sweetener that doesn’t elevate his blood sugar. I’m surprised to learn how many people haven’t heard of monk fruit! To learn more, keep reading.

I don’t like a whole lot of other things competing for attention in my coleslaw, so it only takes a few ingredients for me to have an amazing coleslaw experience. The most important is mayonnaise.

I choose light mayonnaise in my recipes. I know, I know: Duke’s makes the best regular mayonnaise, and in the South, we are crazy about our mayo. It is my favorite condiment. However, I can’t justify the calories for full-fat mayo, and once you get used to light mayo, there really isn’t much difference in the taste when it’s all said and done. For comparison,

in 1 Tablespoon —–Calories Fat
Duke’s Real Mayonnaise10012g
Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise353.5g
White Sugar50
Monk fruit0
Comparison of Real and Light Mayo, White Sugar and Monk Fruit

This recipe has 47 calories per serving. 47!!! You could eat the entire bowl and only consume 235 calories, but I wouldn’t recommend it because you may not like yourself afterwards. Instead, use the extra calories on dessert. That’s what I do. (FYI, the full-fat mayo and real sugar version of this recipe would total 850 calories: 170 kcal/serving.)

Maybe Chick-fil-A should bring back a new, healthier version? What do you think?

Sweet and Crunchy Low-calorie Coleslaw

A low-calorie version of the Chick-fil-A coleslaw.
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 47kcal


  • Large serving bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • strainer
  • mixing/serving spoon
  • Whisk


  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons monk fruit no-calorie sweetener, like Lakanto
  • 2 tsp dill pickle juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • tsp ground mustard
  • tsp salt
  • 16 oz bag of coleslaw mix (I like the Walmart tri-colored slaw mix. It's pretty.)


  • Whisk the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl until creamy.
  • Add the coleslaw mix to a large serving bowl, and pour the mayonnaise mixture over the coleslaw mix.
  • Stir until combined and eat immediately or chill for 30 minutes.


Monk fruit is a natural, no-calorie sweetener and perfect for those watching their weight or have diabetes.  I’ve included a link to it below.
Keep in mind, the longer coleslaw sits, whether in the fridge or not, the juicier and softer it becomes.  Therefore, it may not seem that there are enough wet ingredients for the slaw mixture when first mixing.  If you want your slaw to be super crunchy be sure to mix it right before serving/eating.
You don’t have to use a pre-made slaw mix!  Feel free to use different colored cabbages, sliced broccoli stalks, and carrots in your own slaw.  


  • What is monk fruit? Did you know that the Chinese government doesn’t allow monk fruit cultivation outside of the country? Here’s a terrific article written by The Diabetes Council about this amazing sweetener.
  • You can buy monk fruit online. A disclaimer: if you purchase online I may receive a small (very small) compensation for recommending the product. I only recommend products I actually use.

Want other healthy options? Give these a whirl!

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