Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw (Paleo, GF)
Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw recipe. A healthy creamy version of traditional coleslaw made with a dairy-free delicious dressing.
The key to this naturally Paleo and clean Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw is the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Shredded purple cabbage, white cabbage, and carrots are the main base of the salad here.
Then it is tossed in a dressing made of all-natural Paleo mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard and honey. Lastly, chia seeds and fresh summer blueberries are folded in.
The result is a creamy, crunchy, and refreshing coleslaw that is irresistible! It is just bursting with flavor and perfect for the summer.
I made this recipe for a summer barbeque-esque dinner that I was having with my family recently and everyone loved it.
This NEVER happens when it comes to coleslaw!
You see, not all of us are coleslaw lovers… (How this is possible?! I do not know!)
I have always loved coleslaw… A LOT.
I love the crunchiness of raw cabbage and how it is lightly sweet and yet lightly bitter. I don’t know if bitter is the right word, but cabbage has a bit of a bite to it.
I also love mayo. I love creamy mayo dressings. I love anything and everything mayo!
When the worlds of raw cabbage and mayo combine, I am a very very happy camper. 🙂
However, I have noticed that not everyone feels like me when it comes to coleslaw, and I’m often given everyone’s coleslaw sides at BBQs or restaurants.
So I used to just think that you were either a coleslaw person or not…. until I made this Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw.
Everyone in my family loved it!
Seriously, my father said, “normally I don’t like coleslaw, but this is really really good!”
I asked him why he felt this way and he said that it is because this Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw wasn’t loaded with sugar and unhealthy processed mayo, which normally tastes gross and makes him feel bad. He kept saying how “refreshing” this Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw was.
Which, it really really is.
My mother had the same response. Except she does like coleslaw, she just hates how unhealthy the recipes tend to be. Her favorite part was the blueberries… She seemed surprised with how well the blueberries tasted here and how much they added to the coleslaw.
My mom thinks adding some lemon juice, which I didn’t do would be good here.
I personally love this recipe as is, buuuuut I felt like it was worth noting just in case.
There is one important thing worth noting about when to eat this Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw recipe.
It can be eaten as soon as it is made… it is crunchier this way and super yummy.
However, if you leave it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight… all of the flavors really seep into the cabbage and it’s just delicious.
I personally make a double batch of it so I can have half for the meal at hand and half for later.
Oh, and the leftovers of this Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw are wonderful in other salads! I recently added it to a salad with beets, tomatoes, and egg salad and it really brought the salad to life.
It seriously is the perfect refreshing summer salad. I foresee bringing this coleslaw to many a BBQ this summer!
I know I have been going on and on about how delicious this coleslaw is (because it is), but I feel like it is also worth mentioning how healthy it is as well!
Seriously, cabbage, which is a cruciferous vegetable, is uber healthy for you.
It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse and has been said to be considered a cancer prevention food. (Source: World’s Healthiest Foods) It’s also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and folate.
If that wasn’t enough, there are lots of carrots in here, which we all know is a great source of vitamins and beta-carotene.
Blueberries and chia seeds are sources of antioxidants and fiber.
I could go on and on about all the health benefits in this salad, but you get the healthy gist 🙂
Blueberry Chia Seed Coleslaw (Paleo, GF)
- Put the shredded/ thinly sliced white cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots into a large bowl and mix.
- In another smaller bowl, mix the Paleo mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper together with a fork. Mix until the dressing is smooth. (note: taste it at this point and add more honey if you want it to be sweeter or more vinegar if you want more of a vinegar taste)
- Pour the dressing on top of the shredded cabbage and carrots and mix. Then, put the chia seeds on top and mix. Fold in the blueberries.
- You can serve this coleslaw immediately ( it will be nice and crunchy). However, if you leave it in the fridge for a few hours- to overnight, all of the flavors seep into the cabbage and the cabbage becomes a bit less crunchy and a bit more flavorful.
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