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Chipotle Cilantro Coleslaw


This is my go-to coleslaw recipe, you will love this- it pairs well with everything!

I heart coleslaw. When I go to a new BBQ restaurant, if their coleslaw is not up to par, it ruins the experience for me, even if their meat is good. I’m always trying to eat low carb (hence how I got my start grilling) and am always looking for new veggies and coleslaw recipes to try that aren’t loaded in fat and calories. Great coleslaw is a paring of great flavors without swimming in mayo!

The mix of cilantro, lime juice, chipotle peppers and crisp apples make for an exotic coleslaw that pairs awesomely with fish, pulled pork, and just about anything. Plus, it is made with non fat yogurt and low fat mayo so it is a low guilt recipe! My friend Steve has eaten an entire batch of this slaw in one day, so I will take that as a compliment.


  • half head cabbage (green or red cabbage is fine)- or half a bag of pre-shredded cabbage mix
  • one medium sized apple or pear, chopped fine
  • 3 tblsp. chopped fresh cilantro. (you cannot use dried cilantro.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion, (or half of a small onion)
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped (add more if you like spice!)
  • 1/4 c. mayonaise (I prefer light mayo, you can’t tell the difference in this recipe)
  • 1/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt or nonfat Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice (+ more to taste if the slaw is too dry)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar or splenda (I use splenda- the lower the calories the better!)


I mix all the wet ingredients first then add the sugar, grated apple, peppers, cilantro, etc then the cabbage at the end. Let this slaw sit for 30 minutes to marinate first.

This is my “go to” coleslaw recipe. Let me know what you think- I promise you won’t be disappointed!


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12 Responses to Chipotle Cilantro Coleslaw

  1. Barry January 15, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I’ll give this a try and I also HEART cole slaw.

  2. Chris January 15, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I’m with you, coleslaw is an important side dish for me too. I like the flavor combinations in yours, look forward to trying it.

  3. Neil Buchwalter (@neilbu) January 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Smoking a pork butt tomorrow and opting for your coleslaw in lieu of the “regular” stuff. It sounds fantastic!

  4. PatioDaddio January 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Wow! That looks outstanding! Love that shot.

  5. Robyn January 16, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Neil- I’m flattered. Let me know what you think. The apples in the slaw compliment the pork. Good luck.

  6. Robyn January 16, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    John, I have a good photography tutor (ahem- you!). thanks for all your help these past years. :)

  7. Robyn January 16, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Maybe one days someone will just come out with the best coleslaw recipes. Maybe that will be me!! :)

  8. Robyn January 16, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Chris, let me know what you think. If you’ve got a favorite slaw recipe, I’d love to try it!

  9. Lea Ann January 16, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I’m loving the ingredients in this recipe. And for some reason Bobby Flay’s Texas burger came to mind. Wonder how this would be on top of a burger??? Or a hot dog….. ok I’m officially hungry. :)

  10. Sharlyn Lauby January 17, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    This sounds awesome! Any way to print the recipe?

  11. Robyn January 20, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    HI Sharlyn- I am working on a print feature on my site. My web guy has been a little backlogged lately. Noted!

  12. Eddie Medlin January 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    As you know I love coleslaw. Great recipe. I shall give it a try!

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