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Light Raisin Coleslaw

Here’s my deal about coleslaw. I love coleslaw. Always have. At the same time, I really don’t care for it.

I realize I just made a very confusing statement. Let me explain myself.

Coleslaws are great because it’s a tangy, creamy, sweet, savory (lots of flavors!) concoction of cabbages and carrots. It is also one of the ways I truly enjoy eating cabbages . However, whenever I have coleslaws at diners, restaurants, fast food places, from grocery stores, anywhere really, it is often, OFTEN too heavy. It is drenched in mayo, and I find myself picking out the cabbages, shaking off most of the dressing, trying to detach those veggies from the heaviness of the cream.

Light Raisin Coleslaw

So I was a girl on a mission. I was going to make my own lighter version of coleslaw, without sacrificing taste. I incorporated a lot of  tanginess and sweetness, and went easier on the cream (a.k.a. mayo). The product is a gorgeously flavored, and not overly heavy, coleslaw.

Oh, I added raisin too. Because I love me some raisin. These tiny little dried fruits add sweetness and texture to the already delicious cabbage and carrot slaw.

SWEET!!! (No pun intended)

Light Raisin Coleslaw

It definitely does not take a rocket scientist to put this delicious side together. No-cook. 10 minutes. It is SO EASY. Skip the store-bought version and take 10 minutes to put this together.

YES…10 MINUTES!!! It is not a typo!

Cut up the vegetables. Or if you are lazy like I am, buy store-bought shredded cabbage and carrots 🙂 . Throw them into a large bowl. Toss those plum raisins into the bowl along with the veggies.

Light Raisin Coleslaw

The dressing is made out of mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar (white vinegar would work too), sugar and a tiny pinch of salt. Mix everything together, then pour into the bowl of cabbage and carrots.

Using a pair of tongs, give it a nice toss.

Light Raisin Coleslaw


Chop the veggies, make the dressing, pour the dressing, toss the coselaw.

You know it is the real deal when you can write the recipe in ONE SENTENCE, and have the dish turn out so SCRUMPTIOUSLY GOOD you cannot stop eating it. Some call this coincidentally easy, I would like to call it the BEST KIND OF FOOD.

Light Raisin Coleslaw

So ladies and gents, I hope you are as excited as I am right now, because my excitement is quite high. I am a sucker for easy recipes that taste like a million bucks. This happens to be one of them.

Whip this together (10 minutes!!) for your next meal! It saves well for a couple of days in the refrigerator, and tastes great as leftovers.

If you are generous and want to share the love, double (or triple) the recipe, and bring this fantastic party dish to your next cookout or picnic or party…your friends and family will thank you for it!

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Light Raisin Coleslaw

Light Raisin Coleslaw

A lighter and healthier version of coleslaw! Full of flavor and crunch – this is the perfect no-cook side for any meal. Takes only 10 minutes to make!
4.87 from 22 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 119kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 8 oz cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup carrots shredded
  • 1/4 cup raisin
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Finely chop up cabbage and carrot (if necessary) and add them, along with raisins, into a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix well mayo, sugar, apple cider vinegar and salt to create dressing.
  • Add dressing to large bowl with shredded cabbages and carrots, and toss to combine. 
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1825IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Love it! Thank you. I add a few generous pinches of dry mustard and celery seed. I’m a cowgirl. :+)

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for trying it!

  2. Jan Reuther says:

    5 stars
    Oh my! I subbed Splenda for the sugar, but I wasn’t sure about the amount, so I took a little taste of the dressing before adding it to the veggies and raisins. (My first guess was correct, 3 packets of Splenda.) The dressing was so good, I had a really hard time waiting two hours to eat the finished product. Every 15 minutes I tried some of it. I printed the recipe, and now I’m about to search google for somewhere nearby to get it laminated. It’s that good!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I love hearing that!! Thank you for trying and letting me know how it went! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    This was such a good summer side dish, I always seem to end up with a random 1/2 or 1/4 cabbage leftover from other recipes and I don’t want to waste. This coleslaw recipe was perfect for that!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes!! This is such a good way to use up leftover cabbage before they turn bad! Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  4. 4 stars
    Love the light dressing but too sweet for me. Cutting the sugar in half would be better. Love the dry mustard addition recommended.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jill!

  5. Melissa Kooyman says:

    5 stars
    This is my kind of cole slaw. Just perect. This is my recipe. Thank you forever more.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Melissa!!