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Rainbow Winter Slaw


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Eat a Crunchy Rainbow With Our Rainbow Winter Slaw

Hankering for fresh veggies mid-winter? Let me tell you that as I was developing this recipe for Rainbow Winter Slaw we were in the midst of a cold snap that had negative Fahrenheit temperatures on the thermometer with minus 30°F/-1°C and colder with the wind-chill factor.

rainbow winter slaw- Vegetarian, Gluten Free and low FODMAP

A Little Sun in a Bowl

Making this colorful salad was like a burst if sunshine brought inside and piled into a bowl. It is crunchy and super colorful. Talk about eating the rainbow! We’ve got pale green cabbage and dark green kale.

Purple/red cabbage, shreds of bright orange carrots and glistening ruby colored pomegranate seeds, sprinkled about like little jewels, bursting with juice and flavor.

low FODMAP rainbow winter slaw, in a white bowl, closeup

The dressing is made creamy with yogurt and has a bit if tang from the vinegar and a dab of mustard and comes together in a flash. Just shake it up in a jar or whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.

There is just enough dressing to lightly coat the salad.

You could double the dressing, use what you like and save more for later if you like. Store it in the refrigerator and shake or whisk again before using.

low FODMAP rainbow winter slaw, in a white bowl

This recipe is packed with color and nutrition. Check out our article, Eat The Rainbow! 35 Gorgeous and Healthy Recipes To Put In Rotation, for more enticing dishes.

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rainbow winter slaw
5 from 4 votes

Rainbow Winter Slaw

This slaw takes advantage of vegetables that are available and delicious even during the winter months.

Makes: 20 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson



  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil or other neutral flavored oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (123 g) lactose-free yogurt, preferably whole milk, such as Green Valley Organics


  • 8 ounces (225 g) green cabbage, cored, outer leaves removed and finely shredded
  • 4 ounces (115 g) red cabbage, cored, outer leaves removed and finely shredded
  • 3 ounces (85 g) Lacinato kale, about 6 large leaves, large ribs removed and finely shredded
  • 3 medium carrots, scrubbed or peeled, tops discarded, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (87 g) pomegranate seeds (arils)


  1. For the Dressing: Shake all the ingredients together in a covered jar, or whisk well together in a bowl.
  2. For the Slaw: Toss together the green cabbage, red cabbage, kale and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with dressing, tossing as you go, using only enough to just moisten the slaw. Salad is ready to serve or may be refrigerated covered in an airtight container for up to 6 hours. Toss in pomegranate seeds right before serving.



  • Some folks do well with cabbage and some do not. If you are in the latter category, don’t fret. Try re-Challenging yourself in 6 months or so. Our GI tracts change, sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse, but it is not unusual to have different results down the line.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.