Spicy Cabbage and Red Onion Slaw Recipe

J. Kenji López-Alt

Why It Works

  • A few simple ingredients bring crunchy, fresh heat to the picnic table.

A crunchy, spicy, tangy slaw with just a few ingredients. It's a perfect simple side dish for grilled meats, fish, or vegetables.

Recipe Facts



Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

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  • 1 small head cabbage, thinly shredded (about 1 pound; 450g)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces; 170g)
  • Handful fresh mint and cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1 to 2 green Thai bird chilies
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) juice from 1 lime, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, onion, herbs, chilies, and lime juice. Season with a big pinch of salt and massage to soften slightly. Taste and season with more salt or lime juice to taste. Serve immediately.

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