Jalape\u00f1o Coleslaw

The addition of lime, cilantro, cumin, and jalapeño creates a coleslaw with a Tex-Mex character. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Bringing a little Tex-Mex influence to coleslaw, this dressing gets its bold flavor from lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, and cumin.

Why this recipe works:

  • A sugar-and-salt mixture purges the cabbage of excess moisture, leaving it tender, but still crunchy, and well seasoned.
  • Seeding the jalapeños lessens the peppers' heat and gives this slaw a mild spiciness that everyone can enjoy.
  • Cumin, cilantro, and lime in the dressing add a Tex-Mex flavor that compliments the fruity heat of the jalapeño.
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Jalapeño Coleslaw

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 10-12
Active time:30 Minutes
Total time:35 Minutes
Special equipment:Mandoline (optional)

Ingredients

  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon lime zest from 3 large limes
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 large head green cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), finely shredded on a mandoline or by hand
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 large jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Dressing: Whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, lime juice and zest, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl.

  2. 2

    For the Slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, and jalapeño in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and toss to combine. Let stand 5 minutes, then transfer to a large colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

  3. 3

    Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin dry. Alternatively, transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet lined with a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and blot mixture dry with more towels. Return to large bowl.

  4. 4

    Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and/or sugar.

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