Vinaigrette Coleslaw Recipe

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This is one of the simplest coleslaw recipes EVER. In fact, this version is even slightly more complicated than I usually make. Most of the time, I just do salt, lime juice, and cilantro and boy howdy is that good. But I like the addition of the nuts and chipotle and the honey balances everything out.
Coleslaw Recipe
Cabbage is a poor, misunderstood vegetable but if you take the time to try this easy coleslaw recipe, I think you and cabbage will become friends fast and go to potlucks and barbecues together forever and ever, amen.

Vinager Coleslaw Recipe – printable


Chipotle Vinaigrette Coleslaw

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  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 pound cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced on diagonal
  • 1/2 cup fine diced onion
  • 1/4 cup torn cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds or peanuts
  • Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotle in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Combine the cabbage and the 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Toss to coat and set aside at least 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to mix.
  3. Toss cabbage with celery, onion, cilantro and dressing.
  4. Refrigerate an hour preferably.
  5. Add nuts right before serving.

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  1. Libby on April 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Question! So, I recently and for the very first time made something with chipotles in adobo sauce and now I have tons left over. I need ideas of what to do with these things. Thoughts?

    • Hilah on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Oh, dude. I’m with you. There’s always so many left over! I like to add them to barbecue sauces and I make a mayo/chipotle/lime sauce for fish and fish tacos sometimes.

  2. Libby on April 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Also, this is one of my most very favorite videos. You seem to be in a silly mood, today. 🙂

  3. connie on April 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    this was an excellent suggestion on a dressing for a spicy, tangy dressed coleslaw, hilah!too many dressings are so creamy and/or heavy!

    • Hilah on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Connie! I know what you mean. This one is nice because it’s so different from most summer salads.

  4. Helen on April 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

    This is a great summer salad. It’s so delicious and easy to make. And what I like the most is that it goes with everything.

  5. Joerg on April 25, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Very different – but nice.

  6. TheDoug on July 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm


    I made this, and it’s good. But I think you put more than 1/2 tsp salt, and I know I did, when salting the cabbage before adding the liquid.

    Please advise…


    • Hilah on July 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Doug!
      I try to use as little salt as possible when cooking, so I’ll always list the “minimun effective dose”, so to speak. But, salt to taste! That’s my advice. 🙂 Glad you liked it.

  7. Mike on July 21, 2012 at 1:36 am

    So don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh but they’re famous for putting coleslaw and french fries on their sandwiches. The whole time I was watching this video, I couldn’t help thinking that a chipotle coleslaw would go so well on a delicious chicken or pork sandwich! Great recipe!

    • Hilah on July 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Hey Mike!
      No, I haven’t heard of Primanti Bros, but I love the idea of slaw and fries together! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Pittsburgh even. But I am SO glad you brought it up because I agree that sounds delicious. I also like putting slaw on hot dogs, like sauerkraut.
      Thanks for writing! Hope you try the recipe.

  8. Terry on June 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve made the dressing – am making the cole slaw for a family gathering this weekend. Can’t wait! We had hot dogs last night (very rare) and all I could think of was how good the slaw would be on the dogs!
    I do need to double the dressing though cause I was feeling exuberant and put in a whole chipotle chile!

    • Hilah on June 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Oh yeah this slaw is great on dogs, Terry! Hope it didn’t end up too spicy!

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