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Honey Lime Slaw

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Turn up your coleslaw with Sriracha and cilantro. This honey lime slaw is a perfect addition to tacos, would be great on pulled pork, or serve it as a side dish to your favorite grilled meats.

Serving bowl filled with coleslaw dressed with homemade honey lime slaw dressing with cilantro and sriracha.

If you are looking for a quick and easy side dish, you are in the right place. This tangy coleslaw can be made ahead or can be put together at the last minute.

Either way it is a flavorful salad that is perfect for BBQs. It is also amazing served on a shredded chicken or fish taco if you are in the mood for something.

Ingredients including shredded cabbage mix, lime juice, honey, sriracha, cumin, salt, oil, and fresh cilantro.

Normally I am a creamy coleslaw kind of gal.  But honey lime slaw recipe this was worth stepping outside of my comfort zone for. It is bright and fresh and delicious!

It has a nice blend of sweet and tangy, balanced with a little heat. A bit of cumin gives it smokey depth and cilantro adds a bright pop of freshness.

Everything comes together to make an easy coleslaw that will add interest to your dinner plate.  It has a nice rounded flavor that will knock your socks off.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

It is quick and easy. If you use a bag of coleslaw mix, you can have it ready to go in a few minutes.

The acid from the lime juice helps to soften the cabbage pretty quickly. So you don’t have to let it chill for hours.

Bowl of dressed coleslaw next to a bunch of fresh cilantro.

Adding fresh cilantro adds a nice fresh pop of color and flavor. However, you can leave it out if you don’t like cilantro.

It’s a great summer side dish. There’s no cooking, so you aren’t heating up the kitchen.

It is great as a sandwich topper. Try it on pulled pork for a tasty flavor twist.

Or serve it with carnitas, BBQ chicken, or pork chops. It is a great way to balance out heavy or rich entrees.

Mixing bowl filled with honey lime slaw with chopped cilantro mixed in.

What can I use instead of honey?

You can agave or white sugar instead of honey if you want. If you are keeping this low carb, you can use a sugar replacement.

More Flavorful Side Salad Recipes

If you like trying different variations of slaw, try cranberry bacon broccoli slaw. It has a creamy dressing and a mix of sweet and savory stir ins.

Gray bowl filled with honey lime slaw with cilantro and sriracha, ready to serve.

Celebrate summer’s harvest with a fresh corn salad. It features sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and more in a really tasty dish.

For something a bit heartier, try black bean salad with corn and avocado. It is wonderful as a side and also great as a dip with tortilla chips.

Serving bowl filled with coleslaw dressed with homemade honey lime slaw dressing with cilantro and sriracha.

Honey Lime Coleslaw

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
This zesty coleslaw is loaded with lime, cilantro and Sriracha goodness. It is easy to make and goes perfect with grilled meat or tacos.
4.84 from 12 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb bag of tri-color coleslaw
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro


  • Mix together lime juice, cumin, honey, sriracha, salt and oil.
    3 Tablespoons lime juice, ½ teaspoon cumin, 2 Tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon sriracha, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Stir in coleslaw and chill for at least an hour, preferably a couple of hours. Stir occasionally. 
    1 lb bag of tri-color coleslaw
  • Mix slaw to redistribute the dressing, then toss in the cilantro
    1 cup chopped cilantro
  • Serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 545mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 13th of July 2016

looks delicious- the cilantro is a nice touch!


Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thank you! I love all of these flavors together!

Julie's Lifestyle

Monday 11th of July 2016

Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe with us Carlee. Enjoy your day and week. Julie


Tuesday 12th of July 2016

Thanks, Julie!


Sunday 10th of July 2016

This sounds delightful and refreshing. Plus, it's so pretty. Kathleen @Fearlessly Creative Mammas


Monday 11th of July 2016

Thanks, Kathleen!


Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Looks like a yummy and light salad for summer! Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!


Wednesday 6th of July 2016

It is a fun one that is for sure!


Tuesday 5th of July 2016

I so pinned this! YUM!!