Mexican cole slaw

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Recipe: #39772

November 05, 2022

"I was making tacos and wanted a light summer side, this is the result. Cilantro in cole slaw? It's awesome! Be sure to use small thin-walled peppers, regular peppers have too much water and will color the dressing."

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (122.4 g)
  • Calories 101
  • Total Fat - 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 5.3 mg
  • Sodium - 96.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 10 g
  • Protein - 0.9 g
  • Calcium - 49.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 45 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro (avoid the stems please), and peppers. Toss with cumin, and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Create the dressing by combining the rest of the ingredients. Adjust the amount of cider and lime juice to your liking.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Look for small, thin-walled peppers for this recipe, as regular peppers will water down the dressing.
  • Make sure to avoid the stems when chopping the cilantro, as they can be bitter.

  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo for a healthier option. This substitution will reduce the amount of fat and calories in the recipe, while still providing creamy texture and flavor.
  • Substitute maple syrup for the sugar for a more natural sweetener. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that will provide a subtle sweetness to the recipe without the refined sugar.

Asian Cole Slaw Replace the cumin with 1T of sesame oil, replace the mayonnaise with 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter, replace the cider vinegar with 2T of rice wine vinegar, replace the sugar with 2T of honey, and replace the limes with 1/4 cup of orange juice.

Grilled Fish Tacos: Grilled Fish Tacos are the perfect accompaniment to Mexican Cole Slaw. The fish tacos are light, flavorful, and provide a nice contrast to the creamy and crunchy slaw. The combination of the two dishes also makes for a delicious and balanced meal.

Spicy Black Beans: Spicy Black Beans are a great accompaniment to Grilled Fish Tacos. The smoky, spicy flavors of the beans provide a nice contrast to the light, flavorful tacos. The combination of the two dishes creates a delicious and balanced meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.


Q: How should I adjust the amount of cider and lime juice?

A: Taste the dressing and adjust the amount of cider and lime juice according to your preference. Start with a small amount and add more if needed.

Q: Can I use another type of vinegar?

A: Yes, you can substitute apple cider vinegar with another type of vinegar such as white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar. However, the flavor will be different so adjust the other ingredients accordingly.

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Fun facts:

This Mexican cole slaw recipe is inspired by the traditional Mexican dish, ensalada de col. The dish is believed to have originated from the Spanish settlers in the 16th century, who brought with them the ingredients used in this dish.

The recipe is also popular among celebrities and is often seen as a staple side dish in Mexican-inspired restaurants. It has been served by famous chefs such as Rick Bayless, Bobby Flay, and Emeril Lagasse, who have all put their own spin on the classic Mexican dish.