This super simple Mexican-flavored coleslaw is perfect for picnics, BBQs and potlucks because it’s mayo-free and takes just a few minutes to toss together.


There are some recipes I slave over. Working, reworking, and working them again to make them just perfect. That’s not this recipe.

Instead, this recipe came together the very first time I made it. It was perfect from the get-go, and I’m not the only one who said so. I made it up to serve for a family BBQ with my recipe for DELICIOUS Mexican-inspired pulled pork tacos I made with this salsa. This coleslaw won raves, proving it’s been tried, tested, and approved, so I KNOW it’s one you’ll have success with too.


What’s In Mexican Coleslaw

When you hear the words “Mexican food” you might conjure up images of becoming a fire-breathing dragon. This slaw is far from that. Rather than spicy with heat, it’s simply spiced with a dressing of classic Mexican flavors.

Here’s what’s in this Mexican coleslaw:

  • Prepared coleslaw mix
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Canola oil
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Coriander
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 


How to Make Mexican Coleslaw

Toss the salad components together. I use bagged coleslaw mix but you can certainly slice and dice the cabbage on your own. Slice the onion in slivers where it will mellow in flavor as it melds with the dressing.

Make the dressing. I use a glass jar with a fitted lid to shake the ingredients together. A slither of honey sweetens the dressing poured over the crunchy slaw with slivers of red onion and freshly chopped cilantro leaves.

Toss it all and let it sit. If cilantro is not your thing, you can always give good old flat-leaf parsley a go or leave it out altogether.

Recipe Ideas to Serve With Your Coleslaw

You’ve made this yummy coleslaw, but now what to serve it with?

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