Mexican Slaw

Mexican Slaw

Have you ever been to Charleston, SC?  It’s an awesome place to visit and you never run out of great places to eat.  We have been a couple of times the last several years, and happened upon a gem of a Mexican restaurant called Zia Taqueria.  They have the most amazing Mexican coleslaw.  We loved it so much, we went there twice on our next visit.  I literally could have just eaten that for dinner with chips and salsa.  This summer, I had leftovers from a recent cookout and started thinking about that slaw. It took me a couple of tries, but I came up with my own version of it.  It is so refreshing and delicious!  My husband doesn’t enjoy vinegar or mayo based salads, so this slaw is perfect for him.  He isn’t a spicy food lover, so I make a version for him and our kids without the peppers.  Of course, I make me a big batch with peppers, because I love jalapenos 😉

On another note, I am still thinking through where I want to go with my blog.  For now, I will continue to share recipes once a week.  Hopefully, I will have some news soon.  Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy this slaw as much as we do!

Mexican Slaw

Serves 6 to 8 people as a side


  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes (about 1/4 cup lime juice)
  • 1/3 cup and 1 Tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Thinly slice the cabbage (Hold the cabbage with core-side down and slice in half, and remove the core. Then slice the cabbage, with the inside down on the board. If the cabbage is large you may have to half the cabbage again to minimize the size of the pieces. Take your hands and break apart the sliced cabbage and you will have slaw-ready cabbage.).
  • Julienne the onion and peppers into slender long pieces. Mix all of the veggies together well.
  • Chop up the cilantro and mix with the veggies.
  • Juice your limes. Make the dressing, by whisking all of the ingredients together.
  • Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix well. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving (overnight is preferable). Taste the slaw and add more sugar if you like less of a lime taste and more salt if desired. Enjoy!
  • I am excited to take this my slaw to Fiesta Friday #137. Your lovely cohosts this week are: Your co-hosts this week are Loretta @ Safari of the Mind and Natalie @ Kitchen, Uncorked




    48 Responses to“Mexican Slaw”

    1. 09/15/2016 at 9:32 am #

      sounds so good Antonia! what a nice restaurant! Good luck on your blog ideas dear

        09/15/2016 at 9:39 am #

        Thank you Lynn! It’s a fantastic restaurant. I appreciate it, hopefully I will get there soon 😀

    2. 09/15/2016 at 9:51 am #

      This slaw sounds great! Perfect for this time of year! I have never made slaw with a Mexican twist, but it sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing!

        09/15/2016 at 11:14 am #

        Thanks so much Jenny! It’s a really nice change from regular slaw 😀

    3. 09/15/2016 at 9:54 am #

      I am loving this slaw Antonia 🙂 hey, and I am with you on the peppers !

        09/15/2016 at 11:15 am #

        Thank you Lynne! They’re the best, aren’t they?

    4. 09/15/2016 at 10:05 am #

      sounds so delicious!

        09/15/2016 at 11:16 am #

        Thanks Eddie!

    5. 09/15/2016 at 10:16 am #

      That sounds great, Antonia. So many of my favorite salsa ingredients! I wish I had the talent to eat something somewhere and recreate it at home. That is well beyond my abilities. Thanks for the recipe!

        09/15/2016 at 11:17 am #

        Thank you Diana 😀 You are very sweet! Have a wonderful trip!

    6. 09/15/2016 at 10:21 am #

      As a semi-vegetarian I love your Mexican Slaw recipe…will probably skip the sugar…but the rest is perfect even the “j” peppers 🙂 Look forward to the direction you decide to take your blog 🙂

        09/15/2016 at 11:23 am #

        Thank you for the kind words! Hopefully I will be there soon 😀

    7. 09/15/2016 at 11:37 am #

      Sounds like I need to add Charleston to my travel list Antonia! Love the recipe for a (non-creamy) slaw. It looks very refreshing! Looking forward to hearing more blog-related news in the future 🙂

        09/15/2016 at 1:27 pm #

        It’s an awesome place…lots of history, beauty, and great food! Thank you Heather! Change is always good…I just need to figure it out 😉

    8. 09/15/2016 at 5:22 pm #

      Jalapenos in coleslaw? Ooo that’s different! Yummy – I’ll have to try that! Love the addition of lime too 🙂 Intrigued to know what you’re thinking of doing with your blog! 😀

        09/15/2016 at 7:22 pm #

        Thank you! I love adding jalapenos whenever I can 😉 It makes a nice addition to the slaw. Hopefully I will figure out things soon, thank you!

    9. 09/15/2016 at 7:54 pm #

      I was just sorting through recipes for slaw, I am making crab cakes and after seeing nothing that inspired me I checked my email and here it is. Making this lovely slaw next week. Thanks for a great recipe. Saved to evernote. I will post my recipe for the crab cakes and link your slaw as well.

        09/15/2016 at 9:24 pm #

        That’s awesome Suzanne, thank you! I hope you enjoy it! I love crab cakes and can’t wait to see what you share. I have never tried to make them before.

    10. 09/15/2016 at 9:50 pm #

      This slaw sounds fantastic,, Antonia! Good luck with the blog 🙂

        09/15/2016 at 10:18 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Freda!

    11. 09/17/2016 at 5:51 am #

      That’s a lot of jalapenos but I love them so I bet it is delicious. I sometimes put horseradish in one of my versions of coleslaw and people love that “kick”.

        09/17/2016 at 10:00 am #

        It is, but the sugar and lime really tone the heat down. You still get a lovely ‘bite’ sometimes 😉 That sounds yummy!

    12. 09/17/2016 at 9:58 am #

      I’ve always wanted to go to Charleston, but haven’t had the chance yet. I’m not a fan of creamy, mayo based coleslaw dressings, either, so this is right up my alley. I think it would be perfect on some fish tacos. Yum! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week! Have a great weekend!

        09/17/2016 at 10:19 am #

        Thanks Natalie! I hope you get to go, it is such a cool place to visit. That sounds like a perfect combination! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    13. 09/17/2016 at 10:17 am #

      Nice! Coleslaws need a a break from mayo sometimes!

        09/17/2016 at 10:21 am #

        Thank you! I totally agree 😀

    14. 09/17/2016 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks for participating in the Sharing is Caring Recipe Exchange. I have scheduled your post for release on 29 November.

        09/19/2016 at 8:55 am #

        Thank you for the invitation 😀

    15. 09/17/2016 at 6:45 pm #

      I love all Mexican food and will be making this slaw!

        09/19/2016 at 8:57 am #

        Thank you Julie, I hope you enjoy it 😀

    16. 09/18/2016 at 8:23 pm #

      I love these ingredients! I’ve never thought about putting them in slaw! Yum!

        09/19/2016 at 8:57 am #

        Thanks Sadie!

    17. 09/19/2016 at 8:21 am #

      Your version looks beautiful,Antonia…..

        09/19/2016 at 8:58 am #

        Thank you Swapna, that is so kind of you to say!

    18. 09/20/2016 at 8:24 am #

      I pinned this for later consumption. Looks amazing!

        09/20/2016 at 5:56 pm #

        Awesome, thank you Debbie! I hope you enjoy it 😀

    19. 09/22/2016 at 5:36 pm #

      This slaw sound wonderful, Antonia, but I’m still not sure whether cilantro and coriander are the same thing.But I think this lovely slaw will go so well with a lot of dishes, hot or cold. I didn’t know you were in the process of changing your blog, but I hope it all goes well! I love the ‘homey’ feel of your blog as it is, but realise you need to take it wherever you think best. 🙂

        09/22/2016 at 6:13 pm #

        Thank you Millie! Cilantro is the leaves of the coriander plant. It gets very confusing, doesn’t it? I am not sure what I will change, but am taking a step back to think through what and how often I post, the look and feel, processes, and what else I would like to do with it. Thank you so much for that kind compliment! You made my day 😀

    20. 09/26/2016 at 11:33 am #

      What a lovely twist on a slaw. Love the hot addition 🙂

        09/26/2016 at 4:41 pm #

        Thank you Petra!

    21. 11/29/2016 at 9:25 am #

      Just a quick note to let you know that you post released today on my blog: Link: Thanks again so much, for your wonderful contribution.
      Hope you will be able to participate in the following: as the first theme will be announced on 1 Dec. Hope to see there there as well. Please may I ask if you will share it with your followers then they can also join and participate. That will be fantastic. 😉

        11/29/2016 at 10:05 am #

        That’s awesome, I will check it out 😀 Such a great idea and I hope to be able to participate! Thank you for sharing!

        • 11/29/2016 at 1:31 pm #

          Looking forward to your participation. Thanks in advance.

          11/30/2016 at 8:47 pm #

          Thanks 😀

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    22. 11/29/2016 at 10:48 am #

      Loved the recipe! I’ll tweeting and pinning this for later 🙂

        11/30/2016 at 8:49 pm #

        Thank you Fabiola! Have a wonderful rest of your week 😀

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