Simple Mexican Coleslaw

Easy and fast Mexican coleslaw, a powerhouse of healthy vegetables! (that also happens to taste delicious!)
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Simple Mexican Crispy Coleslaw with lime and garlic dressing garnish with parsley

Oh, this Ukrainian girl sure loves her cabbage. Cabbage rolls, fried cabbage and onions, it doesn’t matter what way it’s made, I love it. One of my very favorite ways to eat cabbage is in a crispy coleslaw. Pure crunchy, healthy, vegetable bliss, is what it is. (This from the girl who doesn’t really like salads.)

While I love the coleslaw’s that are covered in a thick, mayo-based dressing, I wanted something a little zippier, zestier (and healthier) than that. Thus, a simply lime and garlic dressing was the perfect fit for this salad.

There’s hardly any muss or fuss with this beauty, you can use bagged coleslaw if you want and add more carrots, you can use cabbage that you grated yourself, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s fast, incredibly healthy and delicious.

Mexican Coleslaw with lime and garlic dressing garnish with parsley in a Blue Pyrex bowl

This was my kind of salad. You know me, I’d rather be baking something sweet to eat, that’s the truth. So I’m really a slacker when it comes to meal prep time, I’ll do it, but I sure don’t love it.

Mexican Coleslaw garnish with parsley in a Blue Pyrex bowl

This I can do. This doesn’t make me cranky with prep, like some recipes do. I seriously wonder why I even call myself a food blogger, some days. Perhaps the better term would have been “baking blogger” because as much as I love eating savory foods, lordy do I sometimes hate the prep work.

Mexican Coleslaw with lime and garlic dressing garnish with parsley in a Blue Pyrex bowl

So if I can make this and not be cranky, so can you. This is truly a winner salad and the best part is that it’s even better when it sits overnight in the fridge to marinate. Oh, the flavors blend together beautifully and seeps right into the vegetables.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Love you more than chocolate,


Simple Mexican Coleslaw

Easy and fast Mexican coleslaw, a powerhouse of healthy vegetables! (that also happens to taste delicious!)
4.97 from 270 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 4-5 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage OR a bag of pre-shredded mixed cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Lime Dressing

  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Toss together the salad ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients together blend with a handblender. You can also just shake them together, but use 1/2 tsp garlic powder instead of cloves.
  • Toss together all of the ingredients in the large bowl until the salad is completely covered in dressing. Serve and enjoy.
  • This salad is even better when marinated overnight in the fridge before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 197mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 5450IU, Vitamin C: 23.5mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Andrea Olley says

    Like other’s stated I found the lime overpowering. The portions are definitely off for my taste. I added more honey, and completely drained the dressing off in hopes of balancing it with other seasonings.3 stars

  2. N8sanderson says

    I have been trying to perfect my fish tacos for two years. This recipe is money! Absolutely love the flavor! I like one more tablespoon of honey, 1 diced jalapeño, and I small diced tomato. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lara O'Brady says

      In my families’ opinion: One note Cole Slaw. Good for tacos but less good as a side dish. It isn’t bad AT ALL; just not to our taste as 5*.4 stars

  3. MrM says

    Not much flavor. Lime overpowering. Needs more. Added a little Dijon mustard, dried Mexican oregano, fresh jalapenos and fresh shallots.2 stars

  4. Rosemary says

    Great recipe … I didn’t follow exactly … I added green onions to the salad , added ground mustard, a dash of chili powder and a tad of oregano to the dressing . So good !!5 stars

  5. Abby says

    The proportions are off on this. The lime juice was way overpowering. I continued adding honey and olive oil and garlic/spices to try to balance it out but ended up having to throw it away. Disappointing when using $$$ olive oil2 stars

  6. B says

    My grocery store didn’t have fresh cilantro. I bought dried cilantro leaves. So for this recipe I was going to put 5 tsp. of dried cilantro leaves. I am making this for a brunch tomorrow at work. I am making a double batch. Do I double all the ingredients also? Unsure if certain ingredients will be too powerful. Hope to hear from you. Haven’t seen more reviews since last year and quite a few. Before then. Thank you. Hoping to hear response today.

  7. lillian says

    This tasted so good! I added corn, black beans and pumpkin seeds for added texture, crunch and protein. I forgot to add the cilantro but when I did put it in, it really made it fantastic 😋5 stars

  8. gina Gentile says

    How do you think grilled corn would be added to this slaw? Any other suggestions for additions? Thank you!

  9. Davina says

    Whisked the dressing ingredients as written. Either my cumin or salt are old, if just needed a little “ pick- me- up”, so I whisked in a scant teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and lovely. Made this to accompany a Mexican inspired crab cake made with fresh summer corn, perfect.

  10. Merrianne Hrycin says

    From one Ukrainian girl to another… This sounds great..definitely gonna try\U0001f600

    • Cassie says

      This is a great slaw! Seeing as a side for Chipotle Grilled Chicken and Mexican Beans5 stars

  11. Barb Overton says

    Interesting change for the dressing! Shared.

  12. Faye29 says

    I was going to make enchiladas this week and this looks like the perfect accompaniment!

    Thanks karlynn

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