Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad

Healthy and satisfying, this Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad has shredded cabbage, chopped veggies and a delicious creamy Mexican dressing. Goes wonderfully with chicken, fish or as a low carb dinner.

Cabbage Salad tossed with creamy Mexican dressing.

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Shredded Cabbage Salad in a large white bowl.

Do you ever have those days where you feel hungry all the time? 

I hate to admit this, I have more of those days than I care to admit. 

Admittedly, sometimes it is more boredom eating that strikes me rather than hunger. Honestly though, there are those days where I can eat everything but the kitchen sink. 

However, when I successfully navigate through my ravenous appetite the number one thing that helps is eating high fiber meals like this Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad.

Because this recipe is incredibly flavorful and full of fiber it helps me to feel satisfied and its nutritional density helps me to feel like a million bucks. 

Up close shot of ingredients for Tossed Cabbage Salad.

Overhead photo of shredded cabbage and chopped veggie for Vegetable Salad recipe.

When to Eat Cabbage Salad

Difference Between Coleslaw and Cabbage Salad

Honestly, this salad can be viewed as a jazzed up coleslaw but really is more of tossed cabbage salad. Coleslaw recipes are generally composed of shredded cabbage and a simple mayonnaise dressing, where as a cabbage salad will have various veggies. 

How to Prepare Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad

  1. Prepare Cilantro Garlic Sauce and refrigerate. 
  2. Shred cabbage and carrots. Add to a large bowl
  3. Cut onion, bell pepper and cilantro. Add to large bowl.
  4. Salt and pepper veggies. Sprinkle in lime juice.
  5. Add Cilantro Garlic Sauce and toss well. 

Whole Cabbage vs. Prepackaged Shredded Cabbage 

It is perfectly fine to use prepackaged shredded cabbage for this recipe or to shred it yourself. Using prepackaged shredded cabbage will save you about 10 mins in preparation of this cabbage salad. 

If using fresh cabbage for this recipe it will take approximately 1/2 of a small head of cabbage, shredded equaling about 4 cups. For prepackaged shredded cabbage look for 1/2 pound packages. 

Types of Cabbage to Use

Traditionally either green or red cabbage is used for this salad. However, any cabbage of your preference may be used such as Napa and Savoy cabbage. 

Additional Add Ins 

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Cabbage Salad tossed with creamy Mexican dressing.

Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad

Satisfying and full of flavor, this easy Cilantro Lime Cabbage Salad is perfect when doing a low-carb diet or just when focusing on eating more veggies. Add in some shredded chicken and crispy tortilla strips for a meal that even picky husbands will love or serve as a side with fish, chicken or beef.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Heather


  • 1/2 lb shredded cabbage *about 4 cups shredded, red or green cabbage or a combination.
  • 1 med shredded carrot *about 3/4 cup
  • 1 small red bell pepper *cut into strips
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper *cut into strips
  • 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro *about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 med white onion *cut into thin strips
  • 1- 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice *about 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 batch Cilantro Garlic Sauce


  • Shred cabbage and grate carrots. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Prepare bell peppers, onion and cilantro.
  • Sprinkle lime, salt and pepper over veggies.
  • Add Cilantro Garlic Sauce to bowl and toss well.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3287IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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