Spicy Cabbage and Red Onion Slaw Recipe

J. Kenji López-Alt

Why This Recipe 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 Details

Spicy Cabbage and Red Onion Slaw Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 6 to 8 servings


  • 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 chiles

  • 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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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
24 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 24
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 23mg 117%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 155mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)