Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
5 Mins
Total Time
5 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Grab a bag of packaged coleslaw mix, and you've saved yourself the time of slicing cabbage and shredding carrots. A splash of tequila adds spirit and complexity (we urge you not to leave it out), while lime juice's zing perks up earthy cabbage. Serve on tacos, alongside barbecue chicken, with grilled flank or skirt steak, or with (or on) burgers.

How to Make It

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Mysterious tang

February 14, 2017
Easy and good. I'm not usually a fan of mayo based slaws, but I liked this one. The splash of tequila gives it a little mysterious tang. I left out the cilantro and scallions, and used a slaw mix with cabbage and carrots.


August 25, 2016
Wanted to love this, has all the stuff we like.  But it was just OK, don't know why.  Made to recipe except added some thin-sliced jalapeno.  Served with CL's  poblano burgers.

vuch13's Review

January 14, 2015
This is the best coleslaw recipe I've ever come across! I usually add a little more mayo and juice since I use a larger bag of coleslaw mix, but the consistency of the sauce is perfect and the taste is amazing!

RMWKester's Review

August 31, 2014
A nice light coleslaw. The flavored work great together!

user's Review

July 30, 2014
Very easy and Delicious. Dressing is best served chilled. I had to buy all the ingredients same day... So the mayo hadnt had time to chill yet. It tasted alittle funky until i chilled it.

brenro's Review

July 05, 2014
Absolutely delicious. Simple, fast, and very tasty. Used it to top pulled chicken sandwiches from the Oct. '13 issue.

SJane1's Review

July 05, 2014
Easy and good.

susing2003's Review

May 23, 2014

daneanp's Review

January 04, 2014
Good, quick and easy - even my picky teenager ate it. Unfortunately I had to lemon juice instead of lime. Next time it will be better. More cilantro too I think.

steponme's Review

November 22, 2013
Good flavor; goes well with Mexican food.