Mexican Coleslaw with Cilantro Lime Dressing

 Mexican Coleslaw with Cilantro Lime Dressing is easy, fresh and flavorful. Tastes great in tacos, shrimp burritos or as a healthy side to Mexican feasts.

Two single servings of Mexican Cabbage Slaw in small white bowls.This post contains affiliate links which I earn a small portion in sales if a purchase is made. Rest assured though, it is never at any additional cost to you.

Overhead photo of a bowl of Cilantro Lime Coleslaw with no Mayo.


How To Make Mexican Coleslaw

Mexican Coleslaw is a blend of shredded cabbage, onion and cilantro that is tossed in a lime and olive oil vinaigrette. It is super easy and so delicious either by itself or with all kinds of Mexican dishes. To make this slaw follow these steps:

  1. Whisk together olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper and chili powder. 
  2. Shred cabbage and add to vinaigrette.
  3. Prepare onion and cilantro. Add to vinaigrette. 
  4. Toss together until all the veggies are coated.


Additional Ingredient Options

Recipes like this coleslaw work beautifully by personalizing with your favorite ingredients. Here are a few options that taste amazing.

  • Grilled corn 
  • Black beans
  • Grilled steak
  • Grilled Shrimp
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Sliced Jicama
  • Grilled chicken

Pro Tip: Double the dressing if more than 2 additional ingredients are added. 

A Word About Salt and Iodine Excess 

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How To Choose the Best Olive Oil

Here is the truth for most Americans, choosing a good quality olive oil is challenging for most of us. However, here are two tips that help.

  1. For salads, nothing beats extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Good quality olive oil should have an expiration date on it. This is because real olive oil has a short life span. In other words, if your olive oil doesn’t have an expiration, it is probably not real olive oil.

What to Serve with Mexican Coleslaw

Needless to say, this coleslaw is perfect in Baja Chicken Tacos or as a replacement for the creamy coleslaw in Shredded Beef Tacos. Also, since I am being extremely cautious with dairy right now, I adore it with my Tortilla and Beans recipe.  Additionally, for a complete comfort meal you can’t beat this coleslaw inside Homemade Tortillas with Carne Asada. Or if your looking for a healthier comfort meal, leave off the tortillas, keep the carne asada and add in pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds) for a really fun dinner salad. 

If you enjoyed this Coleslaw please let me know by leaving a comment and review below. Doing so helps to encourage others to make the recipe also. Thank you!

Two single servings of Mexican Cabbage Slaw in small white bowls.

Mexican Coleslaw with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Fresh flavors of Cilantro, Lime and mild ground chili pepper is what makes this Mexican Coleslaw so delicious. Even better, no mayo is used making this perfect for those eating dairy free.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Coleslaw, Mexican Coleslaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Heather



  • 4-5 cups shredded cabbage *about 1/2 med cabbage or about 14 oz
  • 1 sm red onion *cut into strips, about 1 cup
  • 1 sm bunch cilantro *chopped, about 1- 1 1/2 cups


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime zested *see note 1
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt *see note 2 below for low iodine salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder *from real ground chilis, see note 3 below


  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together oil, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper and chili powder.
  • Add in shredded cabbage, red onion and cilantro. Toss well.


Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
  1. Adding in the lime zest intensifies the lime flavor making this dressing out of this world. This tool does an excellent job of zesting.
  2. If using this amazing tasting low iodine salt, increase total amount to 1 tsp. This is because the salt flakes measure differently than traditional salt. 
  3. Most chili powders are a blend of spices. For a more authentic flavor use pure ground chili powder like this one


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. I am so happy to hear this! I agree, this coleslaw is so tasty when you are craving something on the lighter side. Thank you so much for making the recipe and commenting.

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious!!! So simple and easy to make. The whole family loved it!!! I will definitely be making it again 🙂

    1. Hi Faye. Prior to my Hoshimotos diagnosis I was using Pink Himalayan salt in all of my cooking. I am super sensitive to iodine and whenever I eat too much I flare up. Unfortunately it isn’t just the salt that has it in it. Milk products have a high level of iodine and store bought bread products. I can go on and on but will spare you any more. However, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

  2. This is so incredibly good! I put the cilantro and the dressing ingredients in a mini food processor, so the cilantro was finely chopped and incorporated in the dressing. We’re taking it as a side dish to a family dinner featuring carnitas enchilada tonight. My husband can hardly wait to have more.

  3. 5 stars
    Just had to tell you that I put this coleslaw on top of our homemade fish tacos. So delicious!

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