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Emily’s Honey Lime Coleslaw

Here’s a refreshing take on slaw with a honey-lime vinaigrette rather than the traditional mayo. It’s a great take-along for all those summer picnics. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small head red cabbage (about 3/4 pound), shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  • Whisk together the first 7 ingredients until smooth. Gradually whisk in oil until blended. Combine cabbage, carrots and green onions; toss with lime mixture to lightly coat. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 86 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • kimspacc
    Jul 18, 2020

    Delicious dressing!

  • Teresa
    Jun 4, 2020

    This is delicious!! Plan to eat it with plantains, rice, and black beans tonight. This is definitely a new go to. Thank you for the recipe.

  • sueseitz
    Apr 28, 2020

    I followed the directions exactly except that I used green cabbage. This is delicious, refreshing, and different. Thank you.

  • George R.
    Apr 8, 2020

    Ever since I gave my wife this recipe 2 years ago, we've made it dozens of times. In the Summer, she uses fresh ingredients from our garden like cabbage, carrots, green onions etc. She substitutes Agave for Honey; use both red

  • delowenstein
    Jul 9, 2018

    I made this coleslaw and used 1/4 tsp. hot red pepper sauce in place of the red pepper flakes and did not sprinkle coleslaw with cilantro. Those were the only 2 changes which I'd made on this recipe! It is DELICIOUS and a real keeper!

  • rrichardson
    Aug 9, 2017

    Made this light and tasty coleslaw to pair with this issue's slow cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Nachos. I love the cilantro and green onion mixed with a lighter sauce. It's like skipping the heavy cream salad dressing and using an oil-based dressing instead! I love that it's about 140 calories less per serving than regular coleslaw. I can eat a bit more and not feel guilty! I think this would also be a great pairing with a recipe I have used for years from Simple and Delicious (fish tacos). I'm excited to use it there as well. Props to Emliy for a light and delicious version of coleslaw!

  • Debglass11
    Jul 31, 2017

    Nice change from the traditional creamy coleslaw! The dressing is light, delicious and perfect in the summer! I added a bit more honey, but kept everything else the same. This one is a keeper. The possibilities are endless.... perfect for a summer cookout, BBQ, tacos....... or anytime! I will definitely make this again!Volunteer Field Editor

  • BilliePock
    Jul 30, 2017

    What a yummy twist on coleslaw. I did not add the whole amount of cilantro. Love the dressing. I served it with Bacon Cheeseburger sliders.

  • annrms
    Jul 10, 2017

    Enjoyed this slaw last night; ate more than 1/2 cup!!!! The honey-lime dressing is delicious and refreshing. I added a few more scallions to the mix and substituted parsley for the cilantro.This recipe is a keeper.

  • shannondobos
    Jul 7, 2017

    I loved the light sweetness here and the tangy lime flavors. The red cabbage makes it so pretty. I served this slaw as a topping on some pork tacos and it was a perfect match. This will be my new go-to slaw recipe just on it's own, or as an accompaniment to any soft taco, pulled pork sandwich, or burger!