Southwest Cabbage Slaw

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This slaw has been one of my favorite recipes for years. Almost seven years, to be exact.

It was actually part of another recipe on my (Fried Eggs with Southwest Cabbage Slaw), but since I make it so often I decided it should have its own post.

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It’s so easy, too, especially if you have a food processor with a slicing disk. And you can add shredded carrots and radishes and call it “rainbow” salad in hopes of getting your little girls to like it. (That only worked for a few years. They’re lukewarm about it now. Sigh.)

Instead of a mayo-based dressing, it has a simple lime vinaigrette. We use this mainly when we eat tacos or as a base of a taco salad with shredded/ground/grilled tex-mex meat. I listed a few recipes below if you’re looking for some ideas!

The leftovers are great with a couple of fried eggs for breakfast — that’s actually why I started making it in the first place. It’ll keep for about a week in the fridge, dressed. (Have I convinced you yet? It’s the best little salad ever.)

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Southwest Cabbage Slaw

Yield: Serves 10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 medium head of cabbage (green or purple or half of each kind)
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • Juice from 1 lime (about 2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Slice the cabbage in half, and cut out the cores. Discard the outside leaves. Cut the cabbage thinly by hand or use the shredding disk on a food processor.
  2. Transfer the cabbage to a very large bowl (like a popcorn bowl — it’ll make it easier to mix). Add the green onions and the cilantro to the cabbage.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, cumin, and salt. Pour the dressing over the slaw. Using salad tongs or two big forks, toss it together until all of the slaw is coated in the dressing.
  4. Serve.

Nat’s Note: Adding a few shakes of hot sauce to the dressing gives this slaw a nice bit of heat.

Adapted from a recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine.

Need some pairing ideas? Southwest Cabbage Slaw goes beautifully with these recipes:

Copycat Chipotle Chorizo

Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken

Taqueria-Style Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Shredded Chipotle Beef

Pepitas Shrimp Skewers

Beso’s Tortilla Soup (Yes, even on soup!)