Red Cabbage, Lime, Cilantro & Honey Slaw

I created this delicious little salad/slaw this winter and have since made it a number of times. It is delicious no matter what season you’re eating it in.

Red Cabbage, Cilantro, Lime & Honey Slaw by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog copyright 2011

Not only is it super quick and easy, it’s also delicious — tangy, sweet, and crunchy. It’s remarkable how the lime juice and the cilantro work together to make cabbage, the queen of winter vegetables, taste like summer. The combination of flavors makes it easy to imagine that you’re sitting in the hot sun of say, Mexico, listening to birds sing and waves crash on the beach. It’s also bright and pretty. In short, it is the bomb, if I do say so, myself.

Red Cabbage by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog copyright 2011

This simple slaw/salad is a perfect accompaniment to tacos (fish or otherwise), chili, burritos, grilled shrimp, corn on the cob, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Close up of red cabbage by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog copyright 2011

The recipe is pretty flexible so if you prefer more or less tang, sweetness or saltiness, just adjust the lime juice, honey and salt as you see fit. You could also add some finely chopped jalapeŮo pepper or thinly sliced onion if you like a little more kick.

Red Cabbage, Cilantro, Lime & Honey Slaw by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog copyright 2011

Red Cabbage, Lime, Honey & Cilantro Slaw
Serves 4-6 (as a side)

  • 1/2 large head of red cabbage (or 1 very small head — they’re just often enormous), outer leaves removed
  • 2 limes
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp honey (you could also use agave or maple syrup — I just think honey tastes best)

1. Thinly slice the cabbage (you can use a mandolin if you have one but a sharp knife is also just fine) and wash the cilantro, pulling the leaves off the stems.
2. Juice the limes and add the honey and salt, stirring until the honey has dissolved into the liquid.
3. Toss the cabbage with the lime juice, honey, salt mixture and add the cilantro — stir well to combine. With time, the cabbage will begin to release more of its juices (bathing everything in a beautiful, brilliant purple) and the cabbage will soften slightly, but it’s tasty at any point.

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Sonia M
Sonia M2 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kay M.
Kay M1 years ago

Good evening and thank you for this article - I love all cabbage period- but red cabbage is the best- any time i can use it in recipes i do- my slaw usually has red and green cabbage and shred carrots -a lot of color -going to try this tomorrow sincerely KAY M.

Julia R.
Julia R2 years ago

Yummy! I love red cabbage and the combination sounds wonderful!

Dale O.

Red cabbage is marvellous, it is a flavourful delight. This is certainly a wonderful recipe for the many hot and humid, not to mention stormy days of summer.

Good ideas, Cindy B. Interesting comments and some tasty ideas.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Kamryn M.
Kay M5 years ago

my husband hates cabbage & is allergic to cilantro. i should tease him about making this :)

H J.
Hannah Johns6 years ago

Mix some organic black-eyed peas for protein. very good.

Myraida Diaz
Myraida Diaz6 years ago

I love violet food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna Bradley
Donna B6 years ago

Great idea, Love this slaw. Tried it with cubes of ham and walnuts and that worked too.