Sweet and Spicy Slaw

Sweet and Spicy Slaw

I am thrilled to take part in the Fiesta Friday Healthy Recipe Challenge!  A special thanks to our amazing host, Angie!  She challenged me and other food bloggers, to come up with a recipe which includes a green and pineapple, and is healthy.  It was such a fun challenge, and such a great experience to use an ingredient I just don’t use enough of, and that is pineapple!  I am a huge lover of slaw, and enjoy the endless possibilities with dressings and ingredient choices.  This is a flavorful and healthy slaw, packed with veggies, and sweetened with honey and pineapple juice, instead of sugar.  This is not a low fat slaw, but contains extra virgin olive oil, which provides a dose of healthy fat.  This slaw has wonderful textures and flavors, and is sweet, spicy, and crunchy.  My 8 year old daughter is a huge fan of pineapple and lime, and could not stop eating this slaw.  She had it for lunch and her afternoon snack in the same day.  Thank you Angie for challenging us to do something new, and I am so happy I have another side my little ones will eat up 😀  Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Slaw

Serves 6 to 8 people as a side


  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 parsnip
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/3 large sweet onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup cut-up or crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 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, apple (peel first), and peppers into long slender pieces. Cut the pepper slices in half.
  • Using a peeler, peel the carrots and parsnip into ribbons.
  • Mix all of the veggies together well.
  • Chop up the cilantro and mix with the veggies.
  • Dressing
  • Chop up the pineapple and place with the water in a blender (you can use canned or fresh pineapple.). Blend until smooth, and then pass the juice through a sieve. You will be left with about 3/4 cup thick pineapple juice.
  • Juice the lime.
  • Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
  • Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix well. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Mix well and enjoy!

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    Sweet and Spicy Slaw

    36 Responses to“Sweet and Spicy Slaw”

    1. 01/26/2017 at 8:13 am #

      Sounds yummy!

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 10:37 am #

        Thanks Sadie! Have a great day 😀

    2. 01/26/2017 at 9:06 am #

      This sounds really good. He-Man loves slaw so, am saving this in my recipe folder for a day I feel like making him slaw instead of picking it up from the deli like I normally do.

      I think I’ve told you before…but I love the color of your daughter’s hair! Gorgeous!! Fair warning. I’ll probably say it every time I see it. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 10:41 am #

        Thank you Deborah 😀 Ha, I am with him, I love all kinds of slaw! I hope you all enjoy it 😀 Aww, thanks, you are very sweet. She loves to hear it! Have a wonderful day 🙂

    3. 01/26/2017 at 9:10 am #

      Antonia, I love this recipe! Just last week I was searching the internet for a healthier (non-creamy) slaw recipe. I’m going to be making pulled pork and I wanted a lighter side. I’m going to give this recipe a try, talk about perfect timing 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 10:43 am #

        Thank you so much Heather! Awesome, I hope you enjoy it! I love the sweetness of it. Have a fantastic day!

    4. 01/26/2017 at 11:14 am #

      Oh, that sounds good, Antonia. I like the combination of ingredients. I’d never think to put those together. I printed this off and will definitely try it. It’s going to be too strange for my husband (Mr. Bland Palate) so I’ll get to eat it all. 😀 Have a great end to your week!

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 8:58 pm #

        Thanks Diana! Haha, my husband too! My daughter and I are the slaw lovers in the house. It is interesting, and has a wonderful sweetness to it. I hope you enjoy it!

    5. 01/26/2017 at 3:36 pm #

      Saved the recipe 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 8:59 pm #

        I hope you enjoy it Inese 😀 Have a wonderful Friday!

        • 01/27/2017 at 11:53 am #

          Have a wonderful weekend! Cook something special 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          01/27/2017 at 2:03 pm #

          Thank you 😀

    6. 01/26/2017 at 5:54 pm #

      I love many types of slaw. Antonia, but I’ve never tried a pineapple and lime flavoured one. The dressing sounds wonderful – no wonder your daughter loves it! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 9:03 pm #

        Thank you Millie! My daughter is a huge fan of lime and pineapple, and so this is right up her alley. I think she loves the sweetness of it too 😉 Have a fantastic Friday!

    7. 01/26/2017 at 6:08 pm #

      This looks delicious. Love that dish!! What a great idea to make slaw….

      • Zoale.com
        01/26/2017 at 9:04 pm #

        Thanks Christina! Have a wonderful end to your week!

    8. 01/27/2017 at 12:07 am #

      Wonderful, Antonia! That dressing sounds amazing!

      • Zoale.com
        01/27/2017 at 8:49 am #

        Thank you Freda! Have a nice weekend!

    9. 01/27/2017 at 12:21 am #

      Oh, this is a wonderful slaw! I love your addition of apples and parsnips! Very tasty! 😀

      • Zoale.com
        01/27/2017 at 8:50 am #

        Thank you Julianna! Have a wonderful day 😀

    10. 01/27/2017 at 7:02 am #

      I love sweet and spicy and I love slaw 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/27/2017 at 8:50 am #

        Thanks Judi 😀 Have a great day!

    11. 01/27/2017 at 6:02 pm #

      I am totally making this tomorrow. Love the hot peppers and the sweet apple in the slaw!

      • Zoale.com
        01/28/2017 at 11:14 am #

        Awesome 😀 I hope you enjoy it Zeba! Have a wonderful weekend!

    12. 01/27/2017 at 9:36 pm #

      Delicious! I know coz I did make something similar, except yours is far superior! That dressing, to start with, is what’s going to replace my mayo-based from now on. Superb idea using puréed pineapple! 👏👏 And where did you get that bowl from? So cute! 😄

      • Zoale.com
        01/28/2017 at 11:21 am #

        You are so sweet Angie, thank you! I bet your slaw is delicious! That’s a good idea. I might try using less or no water next time when I puree, to see if it is creamier 😀 It is a wet slaw, but the ingredients hold up very well to it 😀 I found that bowl last year at Marshalls, and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it 😀 It is actually a measuring bowl, believe it or not. I am so happy I finally got to use it 😀 Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

    13. 01/29/2017 at 5:20 am #

      I love all the ingredients. I bet this tastes really delicious! 😀

      • Zoale.com
        01/29/2017 at 3:44 pm #

        Thanks Jhuls! Have a wonderful week 😀

    14. 01/30/2017 at 6:42 am #

      Super yummy! That dressing is amazing!

      • Zoale.com
        01/30/2017 at 8:43 am #

        Thank you so much Swapna!

    15. Sandhya
      01/30/2017 at 8:59 am #

      What a great entry Antonia! Are those your kids on the cover? They are super cute!
      This challenge is so much fun, right? I want to make this slaw soon.

      • Zoale.com
        01/30/2017 at 10:16 am #

        Thank you Sandhya, you are so kind! Yes, I love that picture, and just had to put it up. Thank you, they are a mess 😉 I really enjoyed this challenge too. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. If you try it, let me know 😀 Have a great day!

    16. 02/02/2017 at 12:47 pm #

      I love these flavors!

      • Zoale.com
        02/02/2017 at 1:34 pm #

        Thank you Lynn! I hope you are doing well!

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