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Indulge in the tangy and creamy goodness of this low carb Dill Pickle Coleslaw, the perfect side dish to complement your picnic or keto BBQ. Elevate your outdoor feasts with this zesty recipe and satisfy your cravings for BBQ food with every bite!
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Creamy, delicious, and packed with the zesty punch of dill pickles, this low carb and sugar-free dill pickle coleslaw recipe is the ultimate side dish to elevate your outdoor feasts. Living in my little corner of the PNW, we celebrate every moment of sunshine and take our BBQ cravings to the next level!
In Washington, we have an insatiable desire to soak up as much vitamin D as we can when the temperature rises above 70 and the sun graces us with its presence. We practically live outdoors, and that means firing up the grill for mouthwatering creations like Buffalo Chicken Burgers and Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Jalapeno Chimichurri. Anything and everything that can be grilled or smoked is fair game!
Now, let's talk about one of my all-time favorite BBQ and picnic sides: coleslaw. I've adored it since childhood, and let's not even get started on my long-lasting addiction to the Colonel's version. I think I could have consumed gallons of it! But as my taste buds (and rear end) have matured a bit, it was time for an update. So, I put on my thinking cap and got to work.
First things first, I made a few keto-friendly substitutions, swapping regular mayo for its low-carb counterpart and replacing sugar with Besti Monk Fruit and Allulose sweetener. Simple, yet effective.
Now, here comes the fun part. KFC's coleslaw is known for its sugary goodness, so if we're removing the sweetness, we need to infuse it with flavor. And what better way to do that than with the tangy kick of dill pickles?
Coleslaw always finds its place alongside classic dishes like fried chicken (stay tuned for our upcoming low-carb fried chicken recipe) and tender pulled pork. It got me thinking, what goes hand in hand with both of these delicious mains? Dill pickles, of course!
If you've never had dill pickles on a fried chicken sandwich, you're missing out! The tangy, briny notes perfectly complement the crispy, savory chicken. Trust me, it's a flavor explosion you must try ASAP.
Prepare to elevate your BBQ feasts with this tangy and creamy low carb dill pickle coleslaw. Say goodbye to the sugar-laden versions and embrace the bold flavors of dill pickles. Whether you're indulging in juicy fried chicken or savoring tender pulled pork, this coleslaw will be the star of the show. So, grab a plate, head outside, and let the vibrant flavors and warm sunshine of the PNW brighten up your next outdoor gathering!
🥘Dill Pickle Coleslaw Ingredients
These are the ingredients necessary to make Dill Pickle Coleslaw.
- Sweetener - I use Besti Monk Fruit and Allulose Sweetener but you can use whatever low carb sweetener you prefer.
- Mayo - I use a keto mayonnaise here to keep the recipe as low carb as possible
- Shredded Cabbage - you can slice or shred a head of cabbage or grab a package of coleslaw mix. Be aware that coleslaw mix contains a small amount of shredded carrot so it will add a few carbs.
A detailed list with measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
🔪Dill Pickle Coleslaw Instructions
This is a basic breakdown of the steps involved in making Dill Pickle Coleslaw. You will find the full directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Place all of the ingredients for the coleslaw in a large bowl.
Hint: Enhance the dill pickle flavor by garnishing the coleslaw with a sprinkle of fresh dill. Its aromatic and herbaceous notes perfectly complement the tangy dressing, adding an extra layer of deliciousness to each bite.
- Mayo - you can replace keto mayo with Greek yogurt for a tangy twist. Keep in mind that Greek yogurt may alter the texture and taste slightly, as well as the carb count, so adjust the amount according to your preference.
- Sweetener - Instead of Besti Monk Fruit and Allulose Sweetener, you can use your preferred low-carb sweetener of choice, such as erythritol or stevia. Adjust the amount to achieve your desired level of sweetness.
- Vinegar - While white vinegar is traditionally used in coleslaw recipes, you can experiment with other vinegars like apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar to add a different flavor profile to your dill pickle coleslaw.
- Spicy Kick - If you enjoy a spicy twist, add a touch of heat by incorporating finely diced jalapeños or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into the coleslaw mixture. It will give your dill pickle coleslaw an extra kick and elevate the flavor.
- Creamy Coleslaw - If you prefer a creamier texture, mix in a dollop of sour cream or heavy cream to the dressing. This variation adds richness and indulgence to the coleslaw, making it a decadent side dish.
- Pickle Lovers Delight - Amp up the pickle flavor by adding additional chopped dill pickles or dill pickle spears to the coleslaw. It will intensify the tanginess and provide more pickle goodness in every bite.
Store the dill pickle coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Good for 4-5 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
To achieve the best flavor, allow the coleslaw to marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This resting time allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a tastier coleslaw.
FAQ about Dill Pickle Coleslaw
I know many people are wondering how this serves 12 but a serving of coleslaw is 3 ounces or about 1/3 cup. The calories and carbs are so low you can have more if you want but I stuck to the guidelines for the nutritional info.
Absolutely! This coleslaw actually benefits from some resting time in the refrigerator. Prepare it a few hours or even a day ahead of time, allowing the flavors to meld together for a more delicious outcome.
Yes, you can make this coleslaw dairy-free by substituting the keto mayo with a dairy-free alternative, such as vegan mayo or a blend of avocado and olive oil.
More Low Carb & Keto Side Dish Recipes
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Mixed Berry Salad
- Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
- BLT Cauliflower Salad
- Smoked Hawaiian Cauliflower Salad
- Cilantro Lime Taco Slaw
- Strawberry Avocado Caprese Salad
What to Serve with Dill Pickle Coleslaw
These are my favorite dishes to serve with Dill Pickle Coleslaw:
- Keto BBQ Ribs
- Slow Cooker Smoked Brisket
- Keto Fish Tacos
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Keto BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger
- Keto Grilled Chicken
Dill Pickle Coleslaw (Low Carb)
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and toss together until the cabbage is well coated.
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