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.
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.
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.
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!
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Simple Mexican Coleslaw
- 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
- 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.
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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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 !!
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 oil
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.
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 😋
gina Gentile says
How do you think grilled corn would be added to this slaw? Any other suggestions for additions? Thank you!
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.
Delicious. Great side with rotisserie chicken.
Merrianne Hrycin says
From one Ukrainian girl to another… This sounds great..definitely gonna try\U0001f600
This is a great slaw! Seeing as a side for Chipotle Grilled Chicken and Mexican Beans
Barb Overton says
Interesting change for the dressing! Shared.
Barb Overton says
JR Yates says
Looks yummy. I’ll have to try this one.
I was going to make enchiladas this week and this looks like the perfect accompaniment!
Faye29 Oh I hope you enjoy it!