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Tangy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Updated: Mar 12

The best coleslaw for this summer, period. Loaded with crisp and crunchy veggies and a mouthwatering creamy tangy lime dressing, you're sure to find that this is the most versatile coleslaw ever! I make this simple coleslaw all the time, it's my number one go-to. I love it as a side dish to gilled chicken, as a tasty salad bed for grilled salmon, or on top of a pulled pork sammie. You will love this dairy free coleslaw all summer long!

Healthy Coleslaw Recipe

This Cole slaw is creamy, crunchy, and perfectly balanced with bright lime and herby cilantro. The best part is that it comes together in less than 5-minutes if you use a bagged Cole slaw mix! With this amazing coleslaw dressing, you really can use it to make any type of slaw you want!

  • Kale Slaw

  • Broccoli Slaw

  • Carrot Slaw

  • Apple Slaw

  • Brussels Slaw

Really, when it comes down to it, it's all in the dressing, just choose your favorite or freshest veggies to come along for the ride!


Why Cabbage is So Good For You!

Cabbage is a cruciferous veggie that belongs to the Brassica family of plants, along with kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula and more. When making a coleslaw, I love to add various kinds of cruciferous veggies as each one brings it's own nutrients to the table!


  • Vitamin A: (beta-carotene): A fat soluble vitamin that is a powerful antioxidant supporting healthy vision, immune function, cell growth, and brain function.

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Converts carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which supports energy production [1].

  • Vitamin B6: is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep [2].

  • Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports healthy metabolism, and is key in breaking down homocysteine, and amino acid that is harmful in high concentrations [3].

  • Vitamin C: (ascorbic acid): A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, and the absorption of non-heme iron.

  • Vitamin K: Fat soluble vitamin that supports the body's ability to form blood clots and is converted to vitamin K2 in the gut and supports healthy bones [4].


  • Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body and is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and bones as well as heart, muscle and nerve function [5].

  • Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat [6].

  • Magnesium: The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it support healthy nerve functions, healthy blood pressure, and detoxification.

  • Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function [7].


Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and arugula that has been shown to have many health benefits. Studies have shown that this powerful compound is stored in cruciferous vegetables in an inactive form known as glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin is then activated by chopping, cutting, or chewing the food releasing an enzyme, myrosinase, to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to support health and wellness.


There are more benefits to including Brussels sprouts to a whole food diet as the fiber they contain supports a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:

  • Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.

  • Soluble fiber [8]: Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.

So grab some beautiful green and red cabbage and let's get cooking!

Paleo Whole30 Coleslaw Recipe

Tangy Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw Ingredients

Makes 4-6 Servings

1/2 cup No sugar Mayonnaise*

1/4 cup fresh Lime juice

3 cups Shredded Coleslaw Mix OR 2.75 cups shredded cabbage + 1/4 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup Cilantro, finely chopped

1 tsp Fine Sea Salt or Pink Salt

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

*For Vegan: use vegan mayonnaise

How to Make Tangy Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

In a large bowl mix together mayo, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro, cabbage and carrots until well coated. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Simple Coleslaw Recipe


Q: Can I make this cilantro lime coleslaw ahead of time?

A: Yes, but keep in mind that any marinaded slaw recipe will soften the veggies the longer it sits. I love this slaw fresh and crisp and the next day when it has marinated and all the flavors have melded together.

Q: What can I add to add a little crunch to the salad?

A: I would try some sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds to add some more nutrients and crunch!

Q: How long will cilantro lime coleslaw keep?

A: Once the marinade has been mixed in I would try and enjoy it within 1-2 days since the veggies do soften.

If you like this recipe, check these out!

Simple Asian Slaw with Sesame Vinaigrette: I love everything about this dish from the perfectly marinated veggies that are perfectly crisp, to the delicious umami dressing that has me always going in for more!

Kohlrabi Apple Slaw: Crisp and earthy kohlrabi with sweet apples in a tangy fresh vinaigrette is one of my favorite dishes right now.

Watermelon Radish Salad: This is my new favorite summer salad with sweet and crunchy watermelon radish, juicy celery, and tart apples coated in a creamy licorice-y tarragon dressing.

I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy


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