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Cole Slaw with Orange, Walnuts & Poppy Seed Dressing

Cole Slaw in 15-minutes made with shredded cabbage. oranges, and walnuts then tossed with a lite poppy seed dressing | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

In the South, cole slaw rules.  It’s at every potluck, family gathering, cookout, and fish fry.  But at my house, the guys like cole slaw that is fresh and crunchy….. NOT cole slaw made with mayo.  No offense to mayo, but sometimes you just need a fresh lift.  

This is one of those times. 

So I created several versions of our family favorite.  And this version is fresh, nutty, and savory sweet.  We usually pair it with grilled chicken, pork or fish.  But it’s also awesome alongside sandwiches or burgers.

This recipe was actually inspired by my 20-something year-old son who says cooking should to be quick and create less mess.  But, of course, without giving away the nutrition.  Huuum. …. a tall order to be sure, but I think we’ve found a few quick dishes that work for this single guy who basically cooks for one. 

Cole Slaw made with shredded cabbage tossed with fresh orange segments and crunchy walnuts then tossed with a lite poppy seed dressing | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The trick to quick cole slaw that is packed with flavor and nutrition, but not calories, is in the dressing.

Yep, this recipe removes the fat and calorie-laden mayo and replaces it with fruit, nuts, and a lite poppy seed dressing.  

Sweet and Savory Cole Slaw in 15-minutes with a refreshing citrus, nutty , and a poppy seed dressing | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Note the quantities in this recipe are for a single serving.

To make more, simply multiply the quantities listed by the number of desired servings.


Cole Slaw with Orange, Walnuts & Poppy Seed Dressing
Serves 1
A fresh twist on an old favorite that features oranges, walnuts, shredded cabbage, carrots, and red onion tossed with a lite poppy seed dressing.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1/4 naval orange, diced
  2. 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cabbage with carrots (from a preshredded bag)
  3. 1/2 to 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  4. 1/8 cup walnuts, diced
  5. 2 tablespoonfuls lite poppy seed dressing (my favorite is Ken's)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss.
  2. Cover and chill in the frig for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Serve chilled.
  1. Because of the poppy seed dressing, this is a sweet slaw. If you prefer more tartness, add some diced Granny Smith apple or some dried cranberries.
  2. This slaw is excellent with fish or chicken. To save time, rotisserie chicken from the deli is suggested.
Adapted from NA
Adapted from NA
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I look forward to hearing how you like this new twist on cole slaw.  And I’d also love to hear some of your favorite ingredients.  Maybe we can pull a quick-fix recipe using your favs, too.  I’d surely be pleased to give it a go.

In the meantime, remember sharing is caring.  Thanks so much!

Sweet & Savory Cole Slaw with orange and walnuts | Tossed with a lite poppy seed dressing | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com 







  • Reply Carolann June 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Wow! This looks super delicious! We love a good cole slaw and will have to make this for the upcoming weekend. It’s mouth-watering good! Thanks so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to try it. pinned and sharing of course!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Carolann… That’s quite a compliment coming from you. Let me know how you like it… XO

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  • Reply Paula November 4, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Yumm! Can’t wait to give this recipe a go!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Paula. It’s one of our family favorites now. LOL… isn’t that ironic?

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