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Overhead view of ingredients to make Citrus Crunch Salad arranged on a grey surface.

Citrus Crunch Salad (Healthier Coleslaw)

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American


Citrus Crunch Salad is fresh and flavourful with crunchy veggies and walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and a tangy citrus vinaigrette. It’s a healthier version of coleslaw that takes just 10 minutes to assemble!



For the vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons no-sugar added orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dash of ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 6 cups coleslaw mix (red and green cabbage and carrot)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 clementines, peeled and separated


  1. Prepare the vinaigrette: In a small jar with a lid, add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and shake well. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add all the salad ingredients, including the vinaigrette. Mix until well combined. Serve immediately.


  1. If you’re making this salad ahead of time, wait to add the walnuts, clementines and the dressing until just before serving. This will ensure the salad stays fresh and crunchy.
  2. The vinaigrette calls for no-sugar added orange juice, but you can also use freshly squeezed orange juice.
  3. If making the vinaigrette in advance, refrigerate until ready to use. Just shake well before adding it to the salad.
  4. I used clementines in this salad, but tangerines or blood oranges would also work nicely.

Keywords: citrus salad, crunchy salad, coleslaw