Spicy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Spicy Cilantro Lime Slaw

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!  My absolute favorite time of year for cooking.  BBQs, picnics, cook-outs, grilling, fresh produce everywhere, sun, fun, beer, entertaining, ahhhh – what could be better?

I’m currently sitting in a sea of about 20 magazines, and 5 cookbooks that cover summer cooking, and I’ve got no idea where to begin.  There are simply not enough hours in the day, or days in this summer for me to bake, make and post all that I want to share with you, so this is where you come in.  I want to know what your favorites are, what you want to see, what you want tips and tricks on, what’s on your ultimate “to-eat” list this time of year?

I’m kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, and summer season, with one of my favorites.  If you need a switch from that tired old restaurant coleslaw that creeps onto everything on your plate, making it all soggy, this is your fix!  Punchy, spicy, sweet and earthy, this slaw has it all.

While this slaw is a great side dish, I’m dying to try it as a topping on fish tacos, thinking it’ll be pretty yum.

I like to make this a day ahead, as it allows the cabbage and apples to break down a bit.  I tend to add more jalapenos as well, if they are particularly mild, but you can adjust the heat as you see fit.

Make sure to save the cilantro add till the end, so it stays fresh and in the forefront of flavors.  And don’t skimp, because honestly, can there ever be enough cilantro?!

Spicy Cilantro Lime Slaw


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

zest of half lime

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced

1/2 large jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced

4 green onions, minced

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, lime juice, lime peel, sugar and salt.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl combine cabbage, apple, jalapeno and onions.

Pour mayonnaise mixture over cabbage mixture, toss to cover evenly.

Cover and chill, at least 1 hour.

Just before serving, add cilantro, tossing to combine.  Season slaw with more lime juice, salt, and pepper, if desired.

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