Cilantro Lime Slaw with Jalapeno

Fresh and bright Cilantro Lime Slaw tastes good any time of the year.  A creamy dressing with lime, cilantro, and minced jalapeno makes it really shine! Serve at every BBQ, potluck, and family dinner. A simple salad that will become your go-to recipe all year long!

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Whenever I need a fresh, bright side — Cilantro Lime Slaw delivers. Crispy and crunchy, tangy and herby — it’s a basic slaw recipe you’ll be turning to again and again!

My go-to, one bowl, most favorite coleslaw in the world. Easy. Fresh. Tastes great with everything — truly!

Lime Cilantro Slaw tastes great stuffed into brisket and fried chicken sandwiches. And fish tacos and burgers, too!

The perfect side to any grilled and barbecued meats because that light, bright, crunchy slaw cuts through all the fatty richness.

cilantro slaw in large bowl with two smaller bowls


  • Green Cabbage. Finely shredded, crunchy green cabbage is a key ingredient.
  • Cilantro. Adds aromatic, herbal freshness. Not the same without it!
  • Lime Juice + Lime Zest. You need both for an acidic, zippy flavor. Adds a bright, tropical tang that’s different from the usual lemon juice.
  • Jalapeno. The sparkle that takes Lime Cilantro Slaw over the top. Adds subtle heat and spice. Leave out the seeds if you don’t like spicy.
  • Mayonnaise. Good mayo is a dressing essential for creamy, rich flavor. I use Hellman’s Mayo.
  • Sugar. A little sweetness rounds out all the flavors.

PRO Tips:

  • Shred the cabbage as finely as possible. Use a mandoline if possible!
  • Substitute with a bag of packaged shredded cabbage to make things easier.
  • To make things less spicy, leave out the jalapeno seeds!
  • Prep everything beforehand but mix dressing right before serving — tastes best that way.

What can I serve with Lime Cilantro Slaw?

Basically, everything. Truly, this fresh, bright, crunchy slaw recipe is a staple at my table!

Serve alongside BBQ staples: jerk chicken, beef brisket, ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken.

Or add to your favorite taco or sandwich of choice. Some suggestions:

Other sides you may enjoy:

lime cilantro coleslaw in bowl with tongs

Creamy Lime Cilantro Slaw with Jalapeno

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Fresh, bright Lime Cilantro Slaw tastes good any time of the year.  Goes with everything – truly!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Course Salad, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 6 cups cabbage finely shredded (1 small head)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup lime juice about 2-3 limes
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 jalapeño minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Pour the dressing over the shredded cabbage. Mix thoroughly. Add cilantro. Mix again.
    Lime Cilantro coleslaw with dressing and juiced limes and juicer on the side
  • Let the coleslaw sit in the fridge (covered) for about 1 hour. During that time, the cabbage will wilt and the flavors will meld together.
    lime cilantro coleslaw in bowl with tongs
  • When you are ready to serve, bring out of the fridge. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more lime juice, salt, and pepper, if needed.
  • There may be additional liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Do not be alarmed, this is quite normal. Liquid is released because of the added salt to the cabbage. To avoid this pool of liquid that collects at the bottom of your coleslaw, you can either pour it out or transfer to a clean serving bowl, leaving the additional liquid behind.


Note: Not all jalapeños are the same; some are spicier than others. You can remove the seeds from the jalapeño if you’d like a milder version, or leave it out entirely.
Also, I’ve included 15 minutes in the prep time for shredding the cabbage.


Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword Cilantro, Lime, Slaw
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30 minutes, All Recipes, Game Day Food, Potluck, Salad, Side


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  3. Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I made a fantastic New York style cheesecake which you can check out here if you’re a fan of cheesecakes like I am 🙂

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