Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Recipe for Spicy Lime Coleslaw

Spicy Lime ColeslawI think I made this Spicy Lime Coleslaw at least three times before it ever occurred to me that it might be a recipe people would like to see on the blog. It started as just a variation of Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro, but I didn't have cilantro so I just left it out. The next time I made this as a quick side dish for dinner, I had a bag of shredded carrots in the fridge so I threw some of those in with the cabbage, green onions, and spicy lime dressing. I loved this combination with the carrots so much, I almost didn't miss the cilantro. And I know there are some people who (gasp) don't like cilantro, so they'd never show the slightest interest in a recipe with cilantro in the title. This spicy lime coleslaw is just for you if you're one of those cilantro-averse people, but even if you like cilantro I bet you'll love this version of the salad as well.

This is a perfect recipe to chop up the cabbage, carrots, and green onions on the weekend and keep a bag of it in the fridge, but don't mix on the spicy dressing until just before you serve it or the red cabbage will make the whole salad turn pink. If I was still making lunches for school, I'd have a bag of the cabbage mixture in the fridge with little containers of dressing, ready to mix in right when I ate the salad.

Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head green cabbage (2-3 cups chopped cabbage.

Finely slice and then coarsely chop 1/2 head red cabbage (2-3 cups chopped cabbage.

Grate 1 cup carrots (or use pre-shredded carrots like I did and give them a few chops. I liked the coarser matchstick carrots from a bag in this, but grated or finely chopped carrots would also be fine.

Slice 1/2 cup green onion (about 4 green onions thinly sliced.)

Whisk together the mayo, light mayo, lime juice, and green Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce of your choice.)

Right before you're going to serve the coleslaw, stir in the dressing and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Spicy Lime Coleslaw
(Makes about 4 servings, recipe can easily be doubled. Adapted from Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro that was originally found in Fine Cooking Annual 2008.)

1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped
1/2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced then coarsely chopped
1 cup grated or shredded carrots, lightly chopped (I like matchstick carrots in a bag, which are a bit thicker than grated carrots)
1/2 cup sliced green onion (about 4 green onions sliced)
4 T mayo (I used 2 T full-fat mayo and 2 T light mayo)
3 T fresh squeezed lime juice (I used my frozen fresh lime juice)
1 tsp green Tabasco sauce (or use other hot sauce of your choice)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Thinly slice and then chop the 1/2 head of green cabbage and the 1/2 head of red cabbage and place in bowl. Grate and chop the carrots (or use matchstick carrots like I did and coarsely chop them.) Slice green onions and put carrots and green onions in the bowl with cabbage.

Whisk together the mayo, light mayo, lime juice, and green Tabasco sauce. (Taste the dressing to see if you want it a bit more sour or spicy.)

Salad can be prepared to this point and kept in the fridge until you're ready to serve it (even for a few days if it's in a sealed container or bag with the dressing in a separate container.)

Just before serving, mix desired amount of dressing into the cabbage mixture, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Due to the carrots included in the mix, this salad would be for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. (Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader named Wendy who noticed when I first had it labeled wrong.) You can make the salad with partly full-fat mayo, but if you're actively trying to lose weight it would be best to make this with all light mayo. It will still taste great!

More Interesting Variations on Coleslaw You Might Like:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Blue Cheese Coleslaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Napa Cabbage Slaw with Carrots and Fennel-Dijon Dressing from Kalyn's Kitchen
Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley from Kalyn's Kitchen
Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Red Russian Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Seedy Tahini Vegan Coleslaw from Happy Healthy Life
Spicy Indian Slaw with Peanuts from Nutrition Unplugged
Apple Fennel Slaw from Guilty Kitchen
Spicy Asian Slaw with Napa Cabbage, Carrots, and Ginger Dressing from Cookin' Canuck
Gluten-Free Asian Slaw from Elana's Pantry
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  1. Giuliano loves coleslaw and I'm always meaning to get around to making it! Thank you for the inspiration. This looks like the perfect picnic recipe. Also, as for one to whom cilantro tastes like soap, thank you. I keep trying to like it, but it doesn't like me.

  2. Lael, you're welcome. I do realize that the anti-cilantro thing is not just something where you get over it! I've even heard it's a genetic trait to have the anti-cilantro gene. So if you don't like cilantro, this salad is for you.

  3. Love this slaw! I can definitely see some sitting on on top of a Cuban pulled pork sandwich! Mmmm!

  4. My husband is a great lover of coleslaw. I am too, although raw cabbage is not always a great lover of me. I the people breathing the air around me. Sad but true.

    Some things are just worth the sacrifice though.

    I definitely do NOT have the anti-cilantro gene. I could eat full salads of it.

    Though I've never tried.

    I'm going back on phase one this week and wanted to thank you so much for the inspiration. I'm making your West African Chicken and Peanut Stew and I CAN'T wait!

  5. Susan, I love the sound of that!

    Alyssa, I definitely don't have the anti-cilantro gene either! Love it. Good luck with phase one. I need to do it myself again soon, just to lose a few pounds before the holidays.

  6. i get the focus of the post is your slaw but i really love the brown plate you have it on in the pic. where did you get those?

  7. Oh dear, I really have no idea where I got that plate. I have so many plates and bowls that I buy at thrift stores and discount kitchen stores for shooting photos that I can't remember where this one came from, sorry.

  8. Mmmm!
    I make a slaw similar to your, but without the mayo. It's excellent on tacos.

    I'm going to have to give the mayo version a spin. Looks delicious and I have lots of cabbage.

    (p.s.-- I love slaws.)

  9. CJ, me too! I am such a cabbage freak. Thank goodness it's such a healthful veggie.

  10. I make something just like this to go with chicken enchiladas, which, imho, pair much better with a slaw than with mountains of beans and rice.

  11. Marianne, I think this would be yummy with enchiladas!

  12. Like you, I'm a cilantro lover. Especially with lime. It's such a refreshing flavor combo. This slaw looks delicious!

  13. This would go great on fish tacos! Thanks for sharing your recipe and all the others.

  14. Karina, I just love cilantro in anything, so I was a little surprised at how I liked this salad just as much as the one with cilantro.

    Jeanette, I would love this on fish tacos, great idea.

  15. Wow - love the idea of lime as a way to really juice up spicy slaw!

  16. TW, I really *love* the lime in this!

  17. What about the carrots on phase one? I thought it wasn't allowed in this phase. Thanks for your help.

  18. Ack, Wendy you are so right. (I must be having a brain freeze.) I will fix it in the post, Thank You!

  19. Just started phase 1 today :) Used recipes from your blog...all so good!! About the carrots...I was hoping you were going to tell me it had been changed and carrots were now allowed in phase 1 :) This slaw is so beautiful!! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for all you do...your blog is wonderful!!

  20. Wendy, sorry but still no carrots for phase one. If you like cilantro, try the Spicy Mexican Slaw for phase one! (And thanks again!)

  21. As a Texan, I had never eaten pork barbecue sandwiches with coleslaw until a couple of years ago, and have loved them since (not as much as brisket, of course). This looks absolutely perfect for my next endeavor!

  22. Rich, the thought of that is making me hungry!

  23. I could eat cabbage every day of my life so I'm always looking for new slaw recipes. I made this one last night for some girlfriends and it was delicious! Super simple too. Thanks for posting :)

  24. Kristine, I'm a big cabbage fan too. Glad you enjoyed this!


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