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Paleo BLT Coleslaw ( Whole30, Low Carb)

BLT Paleo Coleslaw from the Whole Smiths that’s perfect for any potluck or BBQ. Add some shredded chicken for a complete lunch! An easy-to-make salad recipe that’s paleo and Whole30 compliant. 

paleo Cole Slaw with bacon lettuce and tomatoes in a glass bowl

Creamy BLT Paleo Coleslaw – an easy crowd-pleasing side dish perfect for BBQs and potlucks! 

I just love this time of year. The really cold weather is behind us and visions of BBQs, flip flops and margaritas are dancing in my mind.

I also love any excuse to get together with friends to enjoy the warm weather, good company and EAT. Luckily there never seems to be a shortage of reasons, holidays and or excuses for a good picnic, BBQ, or potluck in the summer months!

Sometimes I find it a little difficult figuring out what to bring to gatherings because of the way we eat. I don’t always want to feel like I’m the crunchy hippie showing up with a basket of hemp products and chips seeds.

I feel like I need to put a little more thought into potluck dishes because I want it to be something that everyone will love and not think of or even realize “it’s that weird paleo” stuff she eats.

I quickly realized that bacon is the great bridge for that.

overhead shot of a bowl of Paleo BLT Coleslaw with a jar of paleo mayo on the side

It’s all about finding the perfect paleo mayo:

That’s why when Sir Kensington’s and I decided to partner up to create a recipe that featured their BRAND NEW Avocado Oil Mayonnaise I decided to create the perfect dish to take to any summer gathering.

A classic crowd-pleasing side that EVERYBODY will love. BLT Cole Slaw with creamy paleo dressing. Delicious and super easy.

I mean seriously, what is not to love about that? Not only are the flavors gonna knock people’s socks off but you can’t get any cleaner than Avocado Oil Mayonnaise.

Please note that this mayonnaise is not Whole30 compliant. If you are looking to make this paleo coleslaw compliant for your Whole30, simply make your own or use a compliant version.

 We now all know the benefits of good fat and avocado oil is chock full of benefits.

I’ll keep the science-y jargon at a minimum but avocado oil is loaded with Oleic Acid, it’s anti-inflammatory and a great source of Vitamin E.

side view of BLT Cole Slaw

It’s now available from them on their website or at your local grocery stores nationwide. I can even find it in a two-pack at my local Costco.

I’ve been using Sir Kensington’s product line for quite some time now. From their Special Sauce to Chipotle Mayo, we always have some on hand in the fridge or pantry. Always.

And while I do also make my own, I don’t always have time for that and need something more accessible. Because either A. I’m trying to get lunches ready in the morning or B. I pick Teagan up from preschool and have 30 minutes to get her home, fed lunch and head over to pick up Cam. 

 I’m human and like I say so many times, I make enough of my own stuff around here that if I can buy a healthy version already made that saves me some time, I’m in!

How to make creamy Paleo Coleslaw: 

Back to this crazy easy BLT Cole Slaw. Seriously. It really couldn’t get any easier. In fact, the grocery store was out of full heads of cabbage so I just bought the pre-shredded stuff and life got that much easier.

The secret to this coleslaw lies in the creamy paleo mayo dressing and the fresh basil. I made my own bacon “bits” by frying up some bacon and adding it to a high powered blender (or food processor) and pulsed it for a few seconds.

In a small bowl, I simply whisk Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, white balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard powder and salt until fully combined. 

In a large bowl, I now add cage, carrots, basil, tomato halves and roughly chopped bacon
Pour dressing over this mix and toss to coat. 
 
The consistency of the paleo mayo dressing is simply perfect and pairs up so well with the bacon “bits”.

But it’s the basil that really takes this paleo coleslaw to the next level, so don’t skip it!

You’ll find it’s not super overpowering but enough to really brighten everything up.

Tips for making Paleo BLT Coleslaw:

  • To make this paleo coleslaw Whole30 compliant, make sure to leave the honey out of the dressing and use compliant mayonnaise and bacon.
  • You can find pre-shredded cabbage and carrots in most grocery stores. It saved so much time.
  • When chopping the basil, make sure your knife is sharp. Basil bruises very easily. If your knife is dull, you tend to bruise the basil leaves and crush the edges rather than slice them cleanly. 
  • Refrigerate your creamy paleo coleslaw one hour before serving to allow the salt to draw out moisture and marry all the flavors.

paleo coleslaw pin

Is bacon Whole30 compliant? 

Yes, but most bacon you find in the grocery store is not! Whole30 bacon can’t have sugar in it, which is usually pretty crucial to the curing process.

It also can’t have any nitrates or MSG.

You will need to read the labels carefully to make sure it is sugar-free, nitrate-free, and free of the banned additives. Also, make sure your bacon is made from pastured pigs that are humanely raised.

That sounds like a lot but don’t worry – there are plenty of Whole30 bacon brands out there waiting for you do! Here is a great list of all brands of Whole30 compliant bacon. 

How do I store leftover paleo coleslaw? 

To maximize the shelf life of your homemade creamy coleslaw, refrigerate the coleslaw in airtight containers.

Properly stored, creamy coleslaw will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Print Recipe
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Blt Paleo Coleslaw

BLT Cole Slaw from the Whole Smiths. Avocado oil mayonnaise based, paleo friendly, gluten-free and easy to make Whole30 compliant.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time11 mins
Course: side / salad
Cuisine: Paleo
Keyword: creamy coleslaw with bacon, creamy paleo coleslaw, whole30 coleslaw
Servings: 4 -6
Author: the Whole Smiths

Ingredients

  • 6 C. shredded cole slaw
  • 1 C. shredded carrots
  • 1/4 C. chopped basil
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon
  • 1 C. cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 C. Sir Kensington's Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 C. honey omit for Whole30
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add four slices of bacon to a high powered blender or food processor and pulse until you have bacon bits
  • Chop other 4 pieces roughly and set aside
  • In a small bowl, whisk Sir Kensington's Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, white balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard powder and salt until fully combined
  • Once whisked, add bacon "bits" to dressing and stir to combine
  • In a large bowl add cage, carrots, basil, tomato halves and roughly chopped bacon
  • Pour dressing over cage mix and toss to coat

Notes

  • To make this paleo coleslaw Whole30 compliant, make sure to leave the honey out of the dressing and use compliant mayonnaise and bacon.
  • You can find pre-shredded cabbage and carrots in most grocery stores. It saved so much time.
  • When chopping the basil, make sure your knife is sharp. Basil bruises very easily. If your knife is dull, you tend to bruise the basil leaves and crush the edges rather than slice them cleanly. 
  • Refrigerate your creamy paleo coleslaw one hour before serving to allow the salt to draw out moisture and marry all the flavors.

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4 thoughts on “Paleo BLT Coleslaw ( Whole30, Low Carb)

  1. Just as an FYI, it looks like the mayo you recommend has sugar in it, so it’s not Whole30 compliant. Still excited to try the recipe!

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