Spicy Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw

June 30, 2011


Fourth of July and coleslaw are meant for one another. Crisp, tangy veggies on a hot summer day-a match that is sure to endure the test of time. But not any coleslaw will do. Our nation’s proudest holiday calls for a feisty coleslaw with a little bite. I made this easy recipe using jalapeno, cilantro and a secret ingredient- yogurt- to replace the mayo. It’s got all the zip without any of the glop.

Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings)

1/2 head of cabbage shredded

1 cup cilantro rough chopped

1/2 jalapeno deseeded and rough chopped (use a whole pepper for more heat)

1/2 cup plain yogurt (whole or non-fat)

zest and juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions: Shred half a head of cabbage, or use a package of pre-shredded. Set aside.


In a food processor, combine lime juice and zest, cilantro, cayenne, and jalapeno until it blends into a dressing. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the salt and yogurt. Whisk together until creamy.


Add the cabbage and toss until well coated.


Chill in the fridge for 30 minute to an hour.


Garnish with cilantro and a bit of lime. Serve with your favorite fixins- goes great with these homemade fish sticks!


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Pat July 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Looks amazing, great flavor combination! Is there any way to produce a printable version of this recipe? I have my own personal collection that I print off and laminate for use in the kitchen, this one has to be in the book! Thanks for sharing!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hi Pat, thanks for your comment! I currently do not have a print feature for recipes on my blog. But you can copy the text and paste into a Word document and print it that way. Hoping to add that feature very soon! :)

Kimberley July 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I love this! I am totally a yogurt in my slaw kinda gal. And the cilantro, lime and spicy element make it perfect.

Lisa {smartfoodandfit.com} July 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Look is so creative. I want to try makin this creamy sauce! Cilantro and lime are so great together!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks, Lisa! Hope you like it.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

Girl! This looks amazing. I want to make that sauce and dump it on every vegetable in my fridge. Great recipe!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Great idea using it as a dip for other veggies. I think that would work great!

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