Mexican Coleslaw

Mexican Coleslaw

19 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Enjoy this crunchy, refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-based coleslaw on a taco or on the side.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 6 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage, (about ½ head) (see Tip)
  • 1½ cups peeled and grated carrots, (2-3 medium)
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


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  1. Place cabbage and carrots in a colander; rinse thoroughly with cold water to crisp. Let drain for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk cilantro, vinegar, oil and salt in a large bowl. Add cabbage and carrots; toss well to coat.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Toss again to refresh just before serving.
  • Tip: To make this coleslaw even faster, use a coleslaw mix containing cabbage and carrots from the produce section of the supermarket.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: generous 1 cup
  • Per serving: 53 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,542 IU vitamin A; 21 mg vitamin C; 28 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 97 mg sodium; 159 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (71% daily value), Vitamin C (35% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 19

April 11, 2019
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By: Tiana Beckett
Not sure people get that is a topper not a main course this is what Mexican restaurants use to add variety to texture, our local restaurant adds bell paper and celery so did I. I could add this to my meals daily and not even feel guilty.
February 12, 2018
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By: elysummers summers
I'm not sure that some of these reviewers have had Mexican cole slaw before. Not everything labeled Mexican is hot and spicy. I've had this many times in Mexican restaurants along with the traditional chips and salsa. It's not spicy. I might go along with adding just a bit of red onion, but this is the real deal here in the West.
April 09, 2017
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By: Meredith Van Schoick
needs work --- not spicy enough --- try adding some red onion, or green onions, maybe some pico de gallo, &/or please some kind of chili, flakes, hot sauce, adobo sauce with jalapeño peppers ---- something!
June 04, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Quick & Easy Quick to make ... I added a pinch of pepper flakes to add a little spice. I have passed along to friends and family that like to eat healthy.
April 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Used the pre-made bag of cabbage, added salsa instead of diced tomatoes and added jalapenos....DELICIOUS!
January 08, 2013
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By: HungryHawkeye
Love it! We love this as is. But for those looking for a little sweetness, we tried adding jicama to it yesterday. I thought it was a nice addition and all three kids loved it that way. Pros: Great alternative to mayo filled coleslaw
July 02, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Nothing Special What makes this Mexican, the cilantro? We found it so boring! I took the reviews of others and added, tomatoes, jalapeno and a little lime, now that made it Mexican and so much better! Pros: It's the base for add ins
June 03, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Nice change to regular or asian slaw Like others I added radishes, grated carrots and artificial sweetener. Pros: Easy!
March 18, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great Tex Mex side Great side dish! We love Asian/Sesame Coleslaw, and now love the Tex Mex version! We added 2 diced, partly seeded jalapenos (we love spice), cumin, and some zero calorie sweetener. We had shrimp tacos with it, but next time could put it right inside the taco! Pros: No mayo, easy, quick
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