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Spicy Lime Coleslaw

Spicy Lime Coleslaw is a delicious easy side dish and everyone who likes lime will love this spicy coleslaw. I love the small amount of carrots for color, but just omit carrots if you want fewer carbs!

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Spicy Lime Coleslaw finished salad in serving bowl

Back in April I mentioned that people on social media were telling me that famous lecturer and author Brené Brown had given a shout-out for my Spicy Lime Coleslaw in her podcast with Glennon Doyle. That recipe was back in the archives with really old photos, so of course I immediately added it to my list to take better pictures, and now I’m happy to finally be updating this coleslaw recipe that’s also one of my own favorites! And taking new photos has re-kindled my love for this recipe; I’ve been keeping the mixture of chopped cabbage, carrots, and green onions in a container in the fridge with a jar of the spicy dressing mixed up, and I just mix up up a bowlful when I get a craving for that spicy lime flavor!

This coleslaw recipe is easy and tasty, but it almost didn’t make an appearance on the blog! Years ago I made Spicy Lime Coleslaw at least three times before it ever occurred to me that it might be a recipe people would like to see here. I first made it as a variation of Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro on a day when I didn’t have cilantro. The next time I made it as a quick side dish, I had shredded carrots in the fridge so I threw some of those in.

And when I loved this combination with the carrots so much and realized I didn’t miss the cilantro, that’s when I decided I had to post the recipe! I know there are some people who (gasp) don’t like cilantro, so this spicy lime coleslaw is great if you’re one of those cilantro-averse people, but everyone who likes lime is probably going to like this salad! 

Will this Recipe Keep in the Fridge?

This is a perfect recipe to chop up the cabbage, carrots, and green onions on the weekend and keep a container of it in the fridge, but don’t mix on the spicy dressing until just before you serve it or the red cabbage will make the whole salad turn pink. If I was making this ahead for lunches, I’d have a container of the cabbage mixture in the fridge with separate containers of dressing to mix in right when I ate the salad.

Spicy Lime Coleslaw process shots collage

How to Make Spicy Lime Coleslaw:

(Scroll down for complete recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head green cabbage (about 4 cups green cabbage.) I used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) with the 3mm blade, but you can slice with a big knife if you don’t have a mandoline.
  2. Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head red cabbage (about 2 cups red cabbage.)
  3. Grate 1/2 cup carrots (or use pre-shredded carrots like I did and give them a few chops.) Omit carrots and use a bit more cabbage if you want less carbs.
  4. Slice 1/2 cup green onion.
  5. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) or other hot sauce of your choice.
  6. Right before you’re going to serve the coleslaw, stir in the dressing and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Spicy Lime Coleslaw close-up photo of finished cole slaw in serving bowl

More Interesting Recipes for Coleslaw:

Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw
Blue Cheese Coleslaw 
Val’s Sweet Cabbage Slaw
Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw
Kalyn’s Low-Carb Coleslaw

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Spicy Lime Coleslaw square image of finished salad

Spicy Lime Coleslaw

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Spicy Lime Coleslaw is so easy and interesting for a low-carb side dish.


  • 1/2 medium head green cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped (see notes)
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded carrots, lightly chopped (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 4 T mayo (see notes)
  • 3 T fresh squeezed lime juice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp green Tabasco sauce (or use other hot sauce of your choice)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Thinly slice and then chop the 1/2 head of green cabbage and the 1/2 head of red cabbage and place in bowl.
  2. Grate and chop the carrots (or use matchstick carrots like I did and coarsely chop them.)
  3. Slice green onions and put carrots and green onions in the bowl with cabbage.
  4. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link). Taste the dressing to see if you want it a bit more sour or spicy.
  5. Salad can be prepared to this point and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. (It will keep in the fridge for a few days if it’s in a sealed container or bag with the dressing in a separate container.)
  6. Just before serving, mix desired amount of dressing into the cabbage mixture, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve.


I used almost 4 cups green cabbage and about 2 cups red cabbage. I like matchstick carrots in a bag, which are a bit thicker than grated carrots, or omit carrots and use a bit more cabbage if you prefer. Use light or regular mayo, or a combination, whichever you prefer. I used my frozen fresh lime juice.

This recipe can easily be doubled and was adapted from Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro that was originally found in Fine Cooking Annual 2008.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Spicy Lime Coleslaw square image of finished salad

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Due to the carrots included in the mix, Spicy Lime Coleslaw would be for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet, and you may want to omit the carrots if you’re wanting to keep the carbs as low as possible. South Beach Recommends light mayo, but other low-carb plans will prefer full-fat mayo!

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    30 Comments on “Spicy Lime Coleslaw”

  1. Loved this. Really fresh tasting. It’s great as is, but I added a bit more lime and liked it even better.

  2. What are the amounts of mayo and light mayo that you mention for the dressing. I don’t see the measurement for light mayo. I’m confused! Thanks!

    • Oops, that is an editing mistake, sorry about that. I used to specify half light and half regular mayo, but now I put this down in the notes: Use light or regular mayo, or a combination, whichever you prefer.” The total amount of mayo is 4 T, no matter which kind you use.

      I will fix the error!

  3. wauw, ziet er geweldig uit. ik ben erg benieuwd naar de smaak.

  4. Kristine, I'm a big cabbage fan too. Glad you enjoyed this!

  5. I could eat cabbage every day of my life so I'm always looking for new slaw recipes. I made this one last night for some girlfriends and it was delicious! Super simple too. Thanks for posting 🙂

  6. Rich, the thought of that is making me hungry!

  7. As a Texan, I had never eaten pork barbecue sandwiches with coleslaw until a couple of years ago, and have loved them since (not as much as brisket, of course). This looks absolutely perfect for my next endeavor!