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Cabbage Salsa / Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

Cabbage Salsa / Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

If you haven't had cabbage salsa before, you're missing out! This crunchy, spicy, tangy salsa is a real treat – eat it with tortilla chips, or serve as a delicious side or topping for tacos.

Mexican Coleslaw / Coleslaw Salsa Recipe

Cabbage Salsa / Mexican Coleslaw Recipe


  • 4 cups chopped or shredded cabbage
    (we use a whole cabbage head and make a big batch!)
  • 2+ cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced red onion (you can also use green onions)
  • 2-3 hot peppers of your choice
    (jalapenos, serranos, or fruity hot peppers like aji amarillo, or go hotter with super hot peppers if you dare. Use fresh peppers or dried peppers, whatever you have available.)
  • 1-2 limes (squeezed for juice)
  • 4-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste, pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped cilantro (we like to use a whole bunch!)


Dice red onion, tomatoes, hot peppers, garlic and cilantro, gently mix in a large bowl. Chop or shred the green cabbage, add to tomato mixture along with lime juice, and stir gently to combine.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour or more. It's crunchiest when eaten the same day as it's made, but it's still delicious for several days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy with chips or on tacos or as a spicy side dish.  

Purple Cabbage Salsa Recipe
Shown above is this Cabbage Salsa made with purple cabbage – what a colorful treat!  You can also use scissors or kitchen shears to "cut" dried peppers up for adding to this recipe if you don't want to break out the Molcajete or food processor! We find this is a great way to quickly break up dried peppers for use in recipes, and you can keep the peppers whole until ready for use which helps preserve their flavor. 

Grow Cabbage from Seeds!
Grow Cabbage from seeds!

Brunswick cabbage is a cold-hardy fall/winter variety that is also heat resistant. It has good flavor fresh and is a favorite for making sauerkraut and this Cabbage Salsa recipe! The solid heads can weigh 6-10 lbs.