Upgrade your BBQ with this flavor-packed Greek Coleslaw with Feta and Lemon!
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I’ve always had a complicated relationship with coleslaw. Simply put … I didn’t like it!
I think it had to do with the sweetness. Although my tastes have since changed, as a kid I hated savory foods that were also sweet, and most classic coleslaw recipes are pretty darn sweet. Plus, cabbage … what kid loves cabbage?
While I can appreciate a successful balance of sweet and savory flavors these days, and I’ll even enjoy a few bites of coleslaw, I definitely prefer my slaw more on the savory side. Basically, if it has a vinaigrette (versus that classic creamy dressing), then I’m all over it.
My favorite slaw these days is the Greek Coleslaw from the Katy Trail Ice House, a restaurant here in Dallas. We usually stop there after a walk or run on the trail, and I always have to have that slaw … it’s so good!
What I love about the slaw is that even though it has a creamy dressing, it’s not sweet at all. The Greek style coleslaw they serve is super zesty with lots of lemon flavor, and the dressing tastes more like a vinaigrette than anything else.
I knew I had to recreate that Mediterranean coleslaw recipe at home. This Greek Coleslaw with Feta and Lemon is the result, and it is so good!
When I was researching this recipe, I couldn’t find anything quite like what I was looking for. There actually is a Greek cabbage salad (called Lahanosalata), but I’m not going to claim that my recipe is authentically Greek. It does taste almost exactly like that Ice House slaw I love however, and that’s exactly what I was going for!
Are you ready to try this Greek style coleslaw yourself?
How to Make Greek Coleslaw with Lemon and Feta
Coleslaw is a simple dish, but this recipe took lots of experimenting to get right. Lucky for you, I figured it all out, so you can make this delish Greek Coleslaw with Lemon and Feta in minutes!
I wanted to replicate the flavors of that zesty Greek coleslaw from the Katy Trail Ice House as closely as possible. And believe it or not, it took be four tries to get the dressing right! My first version had a base with all Greek yogurt, my second blended Greek yogurt and feta, and my third try was made with mayonnaise.
None of these dressing tasted quite right, and I was ready to give up. But the fourth time was the charm!
The winning coleslaw dressing is a combination of Greek yogurt and mayonnaise (plus, olive oil and lots of lemon juice), which gives this slaw a unique tang that’s so delicious!
To make this simple dressing, you’ll whisk together the Greek yogurt (I like Fage), mayonnaise, and olive oil until smooth. Then, you’ll add fresh lemon juice to taste (up to 1 1/2 lemons worth, depending on how tart you want it) and season generously with salt and pepper.
This yummy dressing gets tossed together with shredded cabbage. I shredded my own (a mandoline makes this easy and fast), but feel free to use a bag pre-shredded cabbage, if you wish.
The one departure I made from the slaw that inspired my recipe was to add feta. There’s no feta in the Ice House’s version, but I don’t regret it. It’s the perfect addition to this Greek style coleslaw and so delicious. Feta for the win!
Serve this easy Greek Coleslaw with Feta and Lemon with any summer meal. It’s the perfect way to upgrade your next BBQ!
Upgrade your BBQ with this flavor-packed Greek Coleslaw with Feta and Lemon
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 to 1 1/2 large lemons, juiced
- 6 cups shredded cabbage*
- 2 oz crumbled feta cheese
Whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and olive oil.
Add lemon juice to taste, then season generously with salt and pepper.
Toss together dressing and cabbage in a large bowl.
Stir in feta cheese.
Serve Greek Coleslaw immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
*For my Greek Coleslaw with Feta and Lemon, I used mostly green cabbage with a little red cabbage for color (as you can see in the photos). Just be aware that if you use red cabbage it will turn your slaw pink after it sits for a while ... you've been warned!
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Are you looking for a delicious summer dinner idea?
Everything was so delicious, and I know I’ll be enjoying these yummy recipes together again soon!
What is your favorite summer side dish?