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Spicy Lime Coleslaw

Spicy Lime Coleslaw is ridiculous easy and so good for an interesting side dish that’s perfect with roasted or grilled fish or chicken. Just omit the carrots if you want less carbs!

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I think 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 on the blog. It started as a variation of Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro, but I didn’t have cilantro so I just left it out. The next time I made this as a quick side dish, I had shredded carrots in the fridge so I threw some of those in with the cabbage, green onions, and spicy lime dressing.

I loved this combination with the carrots so much, I almost didn’t miss the cilantro. And I know there are some people who (gasp) don’t like cilantro, so they’d never show the slightest interest in a recipe with cilantro in the title. This spicy lime coleslaw is just for you if you’re one of those cilantro-averse people, but even if you like cilantro I bet you’ll love this version of the salad as well.

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 bag 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 bag of the cabbage mixture in the fridge with little containers of dressing, ready to mix in right when I ate the salad.

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How to Make Spicy Lime Coleslaw:

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

  1. Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head green cabbage (2-3 cups chopped cabbage.)
  2. Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head red cabbage (2-3 cups chopped cabbage.)
  3. Grate 1/2 cup carrots (or use pre-shredded carrots like I did and give them a few chops.) I liked the coarser matchstick carrots from a bag in this, but grated or finely chopped carrots would also be fine, or omit carrots and use a bit more cabbage if you want less carbs.
  4. Slice 1/2 cup green onion (about 4 green onions thinly sliced.)
  5. Whisk together the mayo, light 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 found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Blue Cheese Coleslaw from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Asian Slaw with Napa Cabbage from Cookin’ Canuck
Val’s Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Indian Slaw with Peanuts from Nutrition Unplugged
Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new 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

Spicy Lime Coleslaw

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Spicy Lime Coleslaw is so easy and makes an interesting side dish.


  • 1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded carrots, lightly chopped (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion (about 4 green onions sliced)
  • 4 T mayo
  • 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, light 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 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. 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.

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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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    24 Comments on “Spicy Lime Coleslaw”

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

  2. 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 🙂

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

  4. 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!