Looking for a yummy low-calorie side salad? Try Zucchini Carrot Lime Coleslaw, with grated zucchini and carrots in a lime, cumin cilantro dressing!
If you enjoy the crunch and taste of traditional coleslaw, then I believe you will really like this zucchini carrot lime coleslaw. I found this low calorie recipe in one of my old Weight Watcher cookbooks. The freshly grated zucchini and carrots give this side salad it’s crunch, and a lime cilantro and ground cumin dressing gives it a delicious flavor.
This coleslaw is super easy to prepare, and since it makes 4 servings, it’s a quick and easy side dish for your family or friends. Basically a salad dressing is made, and then used to top the fresh grated veggies. That’s it!
Zucchini Carrot Lime Coleslaw is easy to make, colorful, tasty, and low in calories (about 51 calories per serving)! That’s what I call a great side dish! Here’s how to make it:
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Prepare The Coleslaw Dressing
The first thing you will need to do is prepare the coleslaw dressing. Before combining the ingredients, you will need to lightly “toast” the ground cumin spice. To do this, place the ground cumin in a “dry” skillet. Stir and cook, over low heat for about one minute, or until you begin to smell it’s fragrance. Transfer the cumin to a small bowl.
To the cumin, add mayonnaise (light or regular), fresh lime juice, lime zest, chopped cilantro, salt and pepper. Stir these ingredients until they are combined well. This is the dressing for your zucchini carrot lime coleslaw.
Prepare The Zucchini Carrot Lime Coleslaw
Now it’s time to grate (or shred) the zucchini and carrots. Cut off the ends of the zucchini, and grate it, using the largest size holes on a grater (can also use a food processor with a grating blade). Place the shredded zucchini on several thicknesses of paper towels. Press down firmly with more paper towels to remove as much of the natural wetness of the zucchini as possible.
Peel the carrots, and cut off both ends of each carrot. Grate the carrots, using the largest size holes on the grater (can use a food processor with a grating blade for this, too).
Place the shredded zucchini and carrots in a medium-sized serving bowl. Pour the coleslaw dressing over the top (using ALL the dressing). Toss the coleslaw until all ingredients are fully combined. Now your zucchini carrot lime coleslaw is ready to be served, OR you can cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to be served.
Serve The Zucchini Carrot Lime Coleslaw
Transfer the zucchini carrot lime coleslaw to a serving dish (if desired), and garnish the top with a slice of lime, and a couple of cilantro sprigs. This side dish is best served on the same day you make it!
This coleslaw still tastes great (and crunchy) on subsequent days, but you may have to remove a bit of liquid that accumulates on the bottom of the bowl (thanks again to those juicy zucchini!). No big deal! Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
I really hope you enjoy this simple veggie side dish. We sure do! Thank you for stopping by today, and I sincerely hope you will come back soon for more family friendly recipes. Take care, and have a wonderful day! May God bless you with encouragement, and His peace today.
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Original recipe source: “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, page 305, published in 1998 by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Want a yummy low-calorie side salad? Try Zucchini Carrot Lime Coleslaw, with grated zucchini and carrots in a lime, cumin cilantro dressing!
- 3 Tablespoons light mayonnaise , can substitute regular
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ teaspoon lime zest* , *finely grated peel
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 large carrots , peeled/grated
- 1 medium zucchini , grated
Place cumin in a "dry" skillet. Stir and cook on low heat for one minute, or until smell it's fragrance. Transfer cumin to a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, lime juice and zest, cilantro, salt and pepper. Stir until combined well. Set aside.
Cut off both ends of zucchini. Grate, using large holes on a grater (or food processor with grating blade). Place shredded zucchini on several thicknesses of paper towels. Press down firmly with more paper towels to blot out as much of the natural wetness of zucchini as possible. Peel carrots; cut off both ends. Grate carrots, using large holes on grater (or food processor with grating blade).
Place shredded zucchini/carrots in a medium bowl. Pour dressing over the top (use ALL the dressing). Toss until all ingredients are combined. May serve immediately, or can be covered/refrigerated for later.
To serve, transfer to serving dish. Garnish with lime wedge, and 2-3 cilantro sprigs. Coleslaw is best served on the same day you make it! Coleslaw still tastes great on subsequent days, but you may have to remove liquid from bottom of bowl (thanks juicy zucchini!). Store leftovers (covered) in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Caloric calculation is based on the use of light mayonnaise.
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