Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

I love dinner parties. Call it a taco party, and I’ll love the occasion even more.

Tasked with creating something outside of a taco for a recent rooftop gathering (summer, I love you too), I settled on scheming up a seasonal slaw with a Mexican twist.

Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

After discovering the power of a food processor when it comes to creating coleslaw, I’ve begun to welcome the dish into my regular recipe rotation during the summer. Skip the hand slicing or shredding of the cabbage, and the dish becomes incredibly easy to make.

And it’s a super fresh side for those balmy, hot days.

Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

This one has a little cilantro and lime to keep it extra bright and to make it an ideal pairing for all sorts of seasonally filled tacos.

I used a vegan mayo to add an ever so slight richness, but feel free to omit that and go with olive oil for an extra fresh take on this dish.

You could also add a few dashes of cumin to enhance the Mexican-style flavors.
Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

I recommend making the slaw within the hour before serving, as its best when eaten at room temperature. That being said, it will hold up fine in the refrigerator.

Just be sure you don’t skip the paper towel step that’s used to help remove the cabbage’s excess water, especially if you plan on making this dish in advance. If you do skip that step, you might end up with a soggy slaw a few hours later.
Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

Nothing says summer like a fresh cabbage slaw and a taco night al fresco. Crack a cerveza and get those tacos fired up, and maybe invite your friends to join…as this dish serves plenty of people!


Vegan Mexican Coleslaw

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/2 medium-lg. green cabbage
  • 1/2 sm. red cabbage
  • 1 small jalapeno, de-seeded and minced
  • 3-4 scallions, depending on how large they are, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro (about 1/2 cup), chopped
  • Scant 1/2 cup Vegenaise or other vegan mayo
  • 1 lg. lime, juiced
  • Salt, to season


  1. Thinly slice the cabbage in a food processor using slicing disk, or thinly slice by hand. Transfer cabbage to a large bowl.
  2. Use paper towels to squeeze cabbage and remove any excess water. Add jalapeno, scallions and cilantro. Stir in Vegenaise and lime juice. Stir, and season with a few dashes of salt. Taste, and adjust salt as needed. Serve.

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