This crunchy Paleo Broccoli Slaw is just the healthy side dish that you’ve been looking for. It has a tangy homemade dressing and comes together in just minutes.
One thing I’ve struggled with in my quest to eat healthier is side dishes. Our meals mostly consist of meat and veggies. I’ve got the meat down. But sides? They can get a little boring. Baked Potatoes. Grilled veggies. Fried potatoes. Steamed veggies. Salad. Although they taste delicious, they can get a little old when eaten day after day.
An even bigger problem comes in when we have to take a side dish to a picnic. I think every picnic I went to last summer, I took along a veggie tray. Again…boring. Yes, I could have taken one of our yummy pasta salads or macaroni salads, but those don’t quite fit the “paleo” label.
I needed a change, so I made it my goal this summer to take some of my favorite summer picnic side dishes and turn them into delicious paleo side dishes that we (even the kids!) loved.
This Paleo Broccoli Slaw was the first, and I was so happy with the results!
Traditional broccoli slaw salad is made with 2 ingredients I needed to switch up: Ramen noodles and sugar. I was fairly certain I could just leave the sugar out. But the ramen noodles? I needed to figure out how to replicate that flavor and the crunch.
I simply looked at the seasonings that are in Ramen noodle seasoning packets, spent some time adding and subtracting spices until I got a flavor that I liked. And for the crunch? I added sliced almonds.
It’s such a simple salad that you can have on the table in 10 minutes. It’s a Whole30 recipe that you can take to a picnic and actually enjoy. And your kids may even like it! I was surprised that my three didn’t mind this salad. Any way to introduce veggies in fun ways is my goal.
Need more Whole30 side dishes? You’ll love these!
Paleo Broccoli Slaw
- 2 packages broccoli cole slaw 12 ounces each
- 1/2 cup diced sweet vidalia onions
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- Place the broccoli cole slaw in a large bowl. Add the onions and mix. Set aside.
- In a small bowl or shaker cup, combine the olive oil, vinegar and spices. Stir or shake well.
- Pour the dressing over the colelsaw and stir to coat.
- Just before serving, mix in the sliced almonds.
- Store in an airtight container and refrigerate leftovers.