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A Homemade Coleslaw Recipe (Lahana Salatası)

This healthy recipe for coleslaw is slightly different to others in that it mainly uses natural yoghurt rather than mayonnaise for its creaminess. We often use red cabbage (as in this recipe) rather than white cabbage just for a bit of colour.
Course Meze
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 140kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 1 small red cabbage thin outer leaves removed
  • 2 large carrots washed, peeled & grated
  • 1 medium-sized onion peeled & thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 medium-sized sweet green apple washed
  • 3 tbsp süzme yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dessert spoonful mayonnaise
  • 1 dessert spoonful dijon mustard or mild mustard
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 orange juiced (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes


  • Cut your red cabbage into quarters, lengthways
  • Remove the thick stem from the bottom of each quarter
  • Now slice each quarter, thinly across the heart so that you end up with lots of shredded cabbage
  • Add to a large bowl
  • Add your grated carrot to the bowl along with the sliced onion
  • Slice your apple into quarters, lengthways and remove the core from each quarter
  • Grate the flesh into the bowl and discard the skin that will be leftover in your hand
  • Now add your lemon juice (this will help prevent your grated apple from going brown)
  • Add your mayonnaise, mustard and yoghurt
  • Stir your mixture together and do a taste test
  • If you like a sweeter coleslaw, add the orange juice
  • Loosen your mixture with a drizzle of olive oil and add your cumin and chilli (if using)
  • Mix everything together and do another taste test
  • Add more of whatever you think is necessary


  • As with all of our recipes, the calorie count is just a rough guide, depending on how much or how little of each of the coleslaw ingredients you use.
  • The calories in our coleslaw recipe are per serving, based on 6 servings.
  • Coleslaw is really versatile and can be used as a side dish, a sandwich filling and, as we like to do, a baked potato filling.