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Cilantro Lime Slaw


This quick and easy cilantro lime slaw is our favorite topping for shrimp tacos, fish tacos, veggie burgers and more!

This post is 5 million years overdue.

Ok so maybe I’m a tad dramatic… but still! When I first blogged this slaw as part of my Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos a few years ago, I vowed I’d give it it’s own stand-alone post someday.

Welllll 4 years later I’m finally here to make good on that promise.

Cilantro Lime Slaw for everyone!!!

What’s in it?

You’ll only need a few ingredients to whip up this tasty topping:

  • finely shredded cabbage
  • jalapeño pepper
  • apple cider vinegar
  • a lime for juicing
  • honey
  • fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the cabbage you can use green cabbage, red cabbage, or a combination of both. I’m partial to color so I love using both whenever I can have the chance.

There is NO MAYO in this fresh cilantro lime slaw and honestly, it doesn’t need it! The light and zippy dressing is oh so fantastic and compliments a variety of dishes.

Special Diets and Swaps

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite for this slaw, but in a pinch you can also use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar – simply adjust to taste.

As for the honey, you can make the slaw vegan friendly by adding a little sugar in it’s place (just start small and season to taste here) or try it with a little agave syrup.

The jalapeño controls the heat. You can remove the seeds/veins before chopping/slicing your pepper for a milder option or leave them in for a super spicy slaw.

Looking for something in the middle? Remove the seeds and then add in as much or as little as you’d like.

Speedy Cilantro Lime Slaw

This scrumptious slaw is fresh, flavorful, and delivers the most perfect texture and zing to everything you add it to!

It’s a MUST for shrimp tacos, fish tacos (hellloooo seared salmon tacos – I’m looking at you!), and veggie burgers galore.

5 from 3 votes


Cilantro Lime Slaw

This quick and easy cilantro lime slaw is our favorite topping for shrimp tacos, fish tacos, veggie burgers and more!


Side Dish

American, Mexican

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 6 servings
Calories 18 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1.5
    finely shredded cabbage
    (green, red, or a comibation of both)
  • 1
    jalapeño pepper
  • 1-2
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1
  • ½
    , juiced (plus extra to taste)

  • tsp
    plus any extra to taste
  • fresh chopped cilantro leaves
    (as much as you'd like!)


  1. Shred and measure your cabbage. I love using a combinagtion or green and red cabbge when I have both handy but using all green or all red works too! The thinner you can slice/shave it the better it will be for topping. This can be done with a chefs knife, a box grater, or even a mandolin.

  2. Remove the stem from the jalapeno and cut in half. Scoop out the seeds and insides from the jalapeño with a spoon for a milder slaw or add some of the seeds back in for a spicier slaw. Finely mince or slice the pepper and combine witht the slaw in a medium/small bowl.

  3. Start with 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar and the juice of half a lime. Season with salt, sweeten slightly with honey, and add your chopped cilantro leaves.

  4. Mix well and let it sit for a few minutes. Taste the slaw and add extra of any of the ingredients to taste. I like to add extra cilantro to mine!

  5. The jalapeño and it's seeds will control the heat, honey will control the sweetness, and vinegar/lime juice will control the zestiness of the slaw. If you every go overboard with any one particular add-in, extra shredded cabbage can be added to even it out so don't fret and have fun wiht it!

  6. Allow the slaw to sit and marinate while you prep your tacos and load them up with as much slaw as your heart desires. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This tasty slaw is easily doubled or tripled as needed! Just in case you need a bigger portion, here’s the measurements for approx. 3 cups of slaw:

  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (green, red, or a mix of both)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (adjust for desired spiciness)
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (plus any extra to taste)
  • 2 TBSP honey, or to taste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp salt, plus extra to taste
  • fresh chopped cilantro – as mush as you’d like!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for each 1/4 cup serving using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this speedy cilantro lime slaw recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

More Tasty Cilantro Lime Recipes:

  • Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad
  • Cilantro Lime Avocado Shrimp Salad
  • Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Mexican Kale Salad with Zesty Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Cilantro Lime Edamame Dip

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