Cilantro Lime Coleslaw is a quick and healthy side dish that's only 6 ingredients - made with no mayo and Greek yogurt instead. This fresh and light yet creamy coleslaw is the perfect addition to any meal or a great topping for tacos or burgers!
Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
This Cilantro Lime Coleslaw is a tasty and versatile dish that you need to have in your back pocket. Sure you can make a basic Healthy Coleslaw or even a Broccoli Slaw BUT when your dish has a bit of Mexican twist, this Tex Mex Slaw is the perfect recipe to make.
It's filled with a creamy dressing made of cilantro and lime plus a healthy swap that leaves the mayo out. One serving of this recipe is only 50 calories making it a simple dish you can feel good eating.
Plus, you'll be shocked at how versatile this slaw is! Serve it as shown here as a side dish for any dinner, fiesta, barbeque, or cookout. It's also a great topping for fish tacos, shrimp tacos, vegetable burgers, or even sandwiches.Cilantro Lime Coleslaw from Running in a Skirt Click To Tweet
Cilantro Lime Coleslaw- No Mayo!
Yes, you're probably not surprised that made my Cilantro Lime Coleslaw with no mayo... adding greek yogurt instead. The healthy swap is the perfect creamy base for this simple dressing that comes together in less than 5 minutes. I also added lime, garlic powder, and a touch of honey to balance the flavors.
I also made this recipe super simple by using bagged coleslaw mix. Sure, you can chop your own but adding a simple bag of pre-chopped cabbage allows you to get this entire recipe on the table (or on your fish tacos) in less than 10 minutes.
I always look for a bag of slaw that has lots of colors! You can often find one with white AND purple cabbage plus shredded carrots. It saves a lot of time and energy to not shred those three ingredients yourself.
- Bagged Coleslaw: You can find the bagged coleslaw mix in the bagged salad section of a grocery store in the produce section. Look for one that has purple cabbage and carrots in addition to the plain slaw.
- Cilantro: You'll need fresh cilantro to get that classical Cilantro Lime Coleslaw flavor. Remove the hard stems and roughly chop.
- Greek Yogurt: You can use your favorite plain Greek yogurt for this recipe. I make mine with low-fat yogurt, but depending on your diet full fat will also work. It will be creamier. You can also use have mayo and half greek yogurt if you are looking for more of the mayo taste.
- Lime: You'll need about ¼ cup of lime juice to make the dressing which is about the juice from two limes.
- Honey: The honey is optional, but I think it balances out the flavors.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic powder is a great addition to this coleslaw dressing.
- Salt & Pepper:
Can I Make This Without Bagged Slaw?
Yes! If you don't have the bagged coleslaw you can still make this recipe. You'll need about 6-7 cups of chopped cabbage. Use any combination of white, green, red, and carrots.
How to Make Cilantro Lime Slaw:
- To make the Cilantro Lime Slaw you'll first want to make the dressing. Just toss the greek yogurt with the lime juice, honey, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Next, add the coleslaw mix and cilantro in the same bowl.
- Toss until well combined.
- Serve immediately!
Variations & FAQ
- Make It Spicy: Add chopped or sliced jalapeno.
- Make It Sweeter: Add more honey.
- Make It Crunchy: Add some nuts like pepitas or sunflower seeds.
- Make it Smoky: Add some chipotle in adobo sauce.
- Make It Avocado-y: Add AVOCADO!!!
- Make It Veggie: Add extra veggies like finely diced red onion, bell pepper, or even chopped broccoli.
- Make It Vegan: Replace the greek yogurt with vegan yogurt or mayo and use agave nectar instead of honey.
Can I make it ahead of time?
You can (it can keep for 24 hours) but it tastes best fresh. I feel like the greek yogurt doesn't hold up in the fridge as well as mayo does. I also think the cabbage starts to break down some in the fridge. If you want to make it ahead of time I'd make the dressing separately and just toss it with the coleslaw and cilantro when you are ready to serve it.
How do I store the Cilantro Lime Coleslaw?
Store the leftover Cilantro Lime Coleslaw in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It's not as good as fresh, but it will keep.
Can I freeze Coleslaw?
I don't recommend freezing coleslaw. The cabbage will not hold up to freezing or thawing.
You'll LOVE This Cilantro Lime Slaw!
My whole family simply loves this Cilantro Lime Slaw. Both the twins and the Hubs ate big servings and asked for more. Plus you can't beat a recipe this simple with only 6 ingredients that can be made in 10 minutes.
Here are some ideas to make it into a meal.
Serve it With:
- Fish Tacos
- Shrimp Tacos
- Southwest Black Bean Burger
- Vegetarian Taco Stuffed Sweet Potato
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- Sheet Pan Vegetarian Fajitas
- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Skewers
- Goat Cheese & Shrimp Quesadilla
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More Healthy Coleslaw Recipes to Love:
- Southern Style Healthy Coleslaw
- Greek Yogurt Broccoli Slaw
- Healthy Blue Cheese Coleslaw (Topping for the Buffalo Chickpea Burger)
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Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 2 limes, juiced, about ¼ cup juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 16 ounce bag coleslaw mix
- 1 cup packed cilantro, roughly chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large bowl mix together the greek yogurt lime juice, honey, and garlic powder. Salt and pepper to taste. I do about ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
- Add the coleslaw and cilantro into the bowl and toss until well combined.
- Serve immediately or it can store in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
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Umm you had me at cilantro! HOW have I never thought to use this in slaw before?!
Amber S Battishill says
YUM! I love lime and cilantro combos and make a very similar slaw for chicken tacos!
Kim S says
This looks so refreshing! I love the taste of cilantro!
oh this looks so good, I love coleslaw so much! totally need to make this next time we have tacos or pulled pork!
So simple to make, and I love the option to make it spicy. Yum!