Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey
Hands-on Time
7 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 7 Mins
8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This citrusy take on coleslaw is fresh and pleasantly spicy, making it an ideal side dish or burger or brat topping. Leave the seeds in more peppers for added fire, or seed all of them for a milder dish.

How to Make It

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add onion, cilantro, and coleslaw. Thinly slice 1 jalapeño half crosswise (keeping seeds), and remove seeds from remaining jalapeño halves. Cut the remaining halves into thin crosswise slices. Add the jalapeños to onion mixture, and toss well to coat. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

cowboy525's Review

June 19, 2014
I made this & for me I didn't care for it as a side dish but it does make a good sandwich topper!

veryslowcook's Review

September 29, 2013
Nice way to use jalapeno from the garden. The peppers are sort of a pain to seed without cutting them lengthwise, so I'll probably do that next time. I used 5 peppers and seeded all of them. I let them sit in the lime mixture while prepping the rest of the ingredients. It came out to a nice level of spiciness.

falljunelaker's Review

September 03, 2013
Paired this with slow-cooker pulled pork from All You & made sandwiches. It was excellent. After reading the other reviews, used only 1 jalapeno, seeded, because it needed to be kid friendly. May try 2 jalapenos, seeded, next time.

aVegasRD's Review

August 09, 2013
This is SO good! It is really simple to make, even if you have to use whole cabbage and need to shred it (about half a medium head ). Served this with pulled pork sandwiches.

dmloss's Review

August 05, 2013
This was excellent. I followed the recipe exactly, except I only used 2 jalapeno peppers with the seeds removed. I brought it over to a friend's potluck and it was a hit. I will definitely make again!

amddoody's Review

July 17, 2013
I made this for a BBQ for friends and again on a camping trip where we did community meals for about 20 people. Everyone loved and asked for the recipe. I reduce the number of jalapeños when I know kids will be there too.

steponme's Review

March 21, 2013
Delicious; reminds me of a spicy, pickled cabbage. I only used 1 jalepeno; chopped it and the onion. Served with CL Chipotle Pork Tacos.

Peggspark's Review

September 14, 2012
This had pretty good flavor but was too hot to eat!! I only used two jalapenos instead of the four the recipe called for and it had so much heat we ended up throwing it out! Won't be making this one again!

Misskittygirl's Review

July 27, 2012

hweinert's Review

May 03, 2012
I hate mayonaise based cole slaw recipes, so I was happy to find this Mexican influenced version. I made it and served it on fish tacos. Yum! I found it a little on the spicy side, so if you don't like it hot, reduce the amount of jalepenos or be sure to seed them all. The spice was fine for my Texas-born husband, though. I also added radish slices.