Cumin and lime coleslaw is a fresh and flavorful coleslaw recipe that doesn't taste heavy and makes a great topping for tacos, rice bowls, or served on its own.
About this cilantro and lime coleslaw recipe
If you are looking for an easy coleslaw recipe that is a keeper and is a different type of coleslaw recipe than what you are used to, this is it! If you are not a huge fan of coleslaw then you really need to try this recipe- it will completely change your mind about this side dish!
The addition of cilantro, lime, and cumin makes it a perfect fresh coleslaw to add to your meals.
I am not a huge fan of coleslaw which is why I made this recipe. With lots of trial and error, I made my perfect coleslaw and I think you will love it too.
There are only a few ingredients you will need for this cilantro lime coleslaw recipe. You will also want to allow a little time (30 minutes is fine) for this coleslaw to sit and allow the flavors to come together.
The ingredients for this cumin and lime coleslaw
- shredded cabbage (I love buying the pre-shredded cabbage to save time.)
- sour cream
How to make this cilantro lime coleslaw healthier
This easy coleslaw uses a little mayonnaise and sour cream but it is totally customizable and you can use healthier ingredients based on your preference. It will still taste great!
This recipe can also be easily doubled for a larger group.
To make this cumin lime coleslaw lighter I like to add Greek yogurt which makes it a healthier coleslaw. You can also substitute vegan ingredients if you choose.
My preference when making this coleslaw lighter is to use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream or a lighter fat mayonnaise instead of the regular one.
I wouldn't use fat-free mayonnaise though since it would lose too much flavor. This coleslaw recipe will taste great making it exactly as the recipe calls for or as a lighter coleslaw recipe.
What to serve with this cilantro lime slaw:
As I mentioned above, this light and fresh coleslaw recipe is a different coleslaw than what you grew up with. Because of this, I think it goes so well with so many dishes. We love using this as a pulled pork side dish!
My other favorite way of serving this cilantro lime slaw is with my Cuban-style black beans and some fluffy basmati rice. I have a whole post on how to cook basmati rice so that it is perfectly fluffy.
For that rice bowl, I actually use both the coleslaw and my black beans recipe. However you use it, it will definitely add a punch of delicious flavor to your dish.
What I love about this cilantro lime slaw
- This coleslaw recipe is different from the traditional heavy coleslaw recipes in that it is light and has fresh flavors and in my opinion, just a better type of coleslaw recipe than what most people make.
- This cumin lime and cilantro coleslaw is really easy to make!
- The coleslaw pairs so well with so many dishes.
If you are not a fan of cumin, you should still try out this recipe. Because of the citrus and shallots in the recipe, the flavors really come together nicely and you don't really detect the cumin on its own.
Cumin adds a slightly smoky and earthy background flavor to your dishes. You can always start out with half the amount of cumin and work your way up from there.
I personally love cumin so I actually end up adding way more than the recipe calls for. You will also notice that many of my other recipes have cumin in them like my Coconut Curry vegetable soup or my amazing fajitas from leftovers.
Tips on making this coleslaw
Can I make this coleslaw ahead of time?
Yes. Coleslaw, even this lighter version does require a little time to sit and let the flavors come together. I recommend not making it more than 1 hour ahead of time to retain that beautiful crunch from the cabbage.
The longer it sits, the softer the cabbage becomes.
If I do not have lime can I substitute lemon in this coleslaw recipe?
Yes, the lemon will add the needed fresh citrus note. If possible try to use lime but if you do not have that on hand lemon will work too.
Can I make this coleslaw recipe without any mayonnaise?
You can but I do recommend having some fat in the recipe for flavor which the mayonnaise adds. If you do choose to leave out the mayonnaise in this recipe to make it healthier, try to substitute it with something that has some richness.
Cilantro and Lime Coleslaw
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- 8-10 oz of green and purple cabbage mixed I buy bagged shredded slaw for this. You can also use Kale cut up in ribbons with shredded carrots for extra nutrients instead of the cabbage.
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon of cumin plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoon of sour cream for a healthier coleslaw you can use greek yogurt.
- 2 tablespoon of mayonnaise
- kosher salt and pepper to taste I use about ½ teaspoon of each
- Optional: I small shallot thinly cut
- In a large bowl add your mayonnaise, sour cream, cumin, cilantro and shallot if your are using it. .1 teaspoon of cumin, 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tablespoon of sour cream, 2 tablespoon of mayonnaise, Optional: I small shallot thinly cut
- Next add your cabbage mix8-10 oz of green and purple cabbage mixed
- Now squeeze the fresh lime over top and add your salt and pepper. Mix well so all of the ingredients come together. It may look a little dry but once it sits it will come together and moisten.1 lime, kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Taste for any additional cumin. I like lots so I usually add a little more at this point.
- Let sit for about 30 minutes to an hour covered in the refrigerator
- Serve with your favorite taco, rice bowl or meal
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