This Month’s Recipe: Spicy Coleslaw

June 21, 2011

Whether you’re looking for an unusual side for your holiday barbeques or want to try something new at the campground, this recipe is sure to please. But that’s just the beginning, according to contributor Winona Brewer.

“We use this on grilled fish tacos,” the Dryersbrug, Tennessee camper says. And it sounded so good that we had to give it a try, too.

One of our team members, Stephanie, whipped up a batch of this coleslaw for a family barbeque. (See photos at right.) She reported that because the recipe called for less mayo than many traditional slaws, it was much lighter than others she’d tried. Stephanie also said that the freshness of the freshly squeezed lime juice balanced beautifully with the spices, and raved about the addition of cumin—again a fairly non-traditional coleslaw ingredient.

Served along side burgers, it was a big hit at the barbeque, and she said that she can’t wait to make it again. Next time, it’ll probably top fish tacos like Winona recommended.

3 Cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 T mayonnaise
1 T sugar or sugar substitute
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
1/4 C. olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp ground cumin
1½ tsp paprika


Mix first 4 ingredients and set aside.
Mix olive oil, lime juice, cumin and cayenne pepper. Pour over cabbage mixture and mix well. Sprinkle with paprika and mix well. Serve immediately.


  • Margot

    This sounds really good. Usually I don’t like coleslaw because it has so much mayonnaise. And I looooooove anything with lime juice!

  • Lois Klos

    I love these recipes you provide. This one sounds easy and yummy, but need to know the number of servings it mkes. Got any idea?

    • KOA

      Hi Lois–We asked our team member Stephanie, and she said that it served 6 people nicely.

  • Dana

    Try this recipe with a handful of Spanish Peanuts (some folks call ’em Red Skin peanuts). Enjoy!

  • Greg Anderson

    What I have found, for those picnics and such where refridgeration is a problem, that adding unsweetened applesauce works in place of the mayo.

    Great recipe, I’m trying it this week.

    Thank you from the Texas Hill Country.

  • Delia Victor

    I have made almost the same dish taste’s great, looks nice as well. But i have used Sour cream instead of Mayonaise. Try it, its all about food and creativity.