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Spoiler Alert: (This may be less of a spoiler alert and more of a confession.) I really love having the recipe that everyone gushes over. Drooling is good. Slobber – even better. This healthy coleslaw recipe is one that everybody always loves. And that just plain makes me happy!

I live where summer sizzles and potlucks are plentiful. So when it’s time to head to the lake, the pool, or a friend’s house, I need a quick, easy, and healthy coleslaw recipe at hand that everyone can enjoy. This firecracker slaw is perfect! I can make it and get on with the summer fun.

If you’ve checked out any of my other recipes, you know that I like things that can’t be easily “messed up.” This firecracker slaw fits the bill. I also like recipes that don’t require a lot of precision – like my family’s favorite muffins. This firecracker slaw fits the bill. I like recipes that can be played with to make them unique enough to suit anyone’s taste. Yep! Firecracker slaw can do that too; you can even make it less firey for the kiddos!

Cabbage Is Super Healthy!

Cabbage is an exceptionally healthy food. It has an outstanding nutrient profile and is especially high in vitamins C and K. In addition, eating cabbage may even help lower the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation. With so many potential health benefits, it is easy to see why cabbage deserves some time in the spotlight and some room on your plate.
Firecracker Slaw

Firecracker Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This firecracker slaw is quick, easy, and healthy. It's perfect to bring to a gathering of friends any time. Enjoy!


  • 4 T spicy oil
  • 1/2 T chopped chilies in adobo
  • Juice from one lime
  • 3 T champagne vinegar
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 6-8 cups thinly sliced cabbage - both red and green
  • 3 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first four ingredients: oil, chilies in adobo, lime juice, and champagne vinegar.
  2. Then add red pepper, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro.Blend everything together until the slaw is well coated with the dressing.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Healthy Coleslaw Tips & Tricks

I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that make this healthy coleslaw recipe even faster and easier. How many times have you made a recipe that calls for 1t of chopped chilies in adobo? But you can only buy them in a whole can! It used to make me crazy and cause so much waste. So, now, when I open a can, I chop the entire can of chilies with sauce and I add one tablespoon at a time into an icecube tray and freeze them. Once they are frozen, I remove them and keep them in the freezer  in an airtight container. Then I just pull out a cube each time I need it and they defrost quickly!

I do the same with fresh lime juice. I juice a lot of limes at the same time and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Then I have real lime juice any time I need it!

This healthy coleslaw recipe is perfect as a side dish; we love it with grilled pork chops! But I love it because it’s also great the next day on any kind of tacos – especially fish tacos! It’s great on burgers or hot dogs. But, my personal favorite way is to use your favorite taco meat as a topping for a big bowl of this firecracker slaw. It sounds weird, but it’s really just a simple taco without the shell – making it low carb and gluten free.

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