Joe’s "Spicy Hot" Coleslaw

Refreshing yet spicy: a new take on this classic cabbage salad!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0

Inactive time: 0 to 8 hours

Yield: varies

Gluten/Soy/Corn Free


One thing I can assure you: this is not your grandma's coleslaw! This is my rendition of the traditional dish, so expect a twist!

My twist is simple: I add cilantro (coriander), radishes, cayenne pepper, and jalapeños to the coleslaw to create an extra layer of unexpected flavors...and it is hot and delicious!

This is a simple and easy to make side dish that complements burgers and sandwiches, bbq meats, sausages based dishes, pork, and more!

I have had some pretty boring and tame coleslaw in my lifetime and have always wondered how I could improve it while adding more personality and flavor to it, without departing from the dish everyone has learned to love and expect at the dinner table. is the recipe I came with and it has become a favorite at our summer family gatherings and dinners.

What is the flavor profile of the dish?

Somewhat sweet, tangy, and spicy

What ingredients will I need to make this dish?

Purple and green cabbages, carrots, fresh cilantro (coriander), jalapeño peppers, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, milk, and sugar.

What else will I need to make this?

A cutting board, a knife, measuring cups and spoons, a large bowl, and a wooden spoon.

Can I make substitutions?

Yes. You can use a ready to use store-bought package of coleslaw mix.

If you are following a dairy free diet, use your favorite milk substitute.

If cilantro is not your thing, use parsley, Thai basil, or mint.

If following a sugar free diet, use your favorite sugar substitute.

Also, you can use white vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Can I make additions?

Yes. You can add a whole apple that has been julienned for extra crunch.

How do I store leftover coleslaw?

Place it in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

What is coleslaw?

Coleslaw (from the Dutch term koolsla meaning 'cabbage salad'), also known as cole slaw or simply slaw, is a side dish consisting primarily of finely shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise. Coleslaw prepared with vinaigrette may benefit from the long lifespan granted by pickling.


  • 1 head of purple cabbage, shredded

  • 1 head of green cabbage, shredded

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned finely

  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and julienned finely

  • 8 to 10 radishes, julienned finely

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise

  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk

  • salt & black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper


  1. Place the shredded cabbages, carrot, radishes, and cilantro together in a large bowl.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything well. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking. You can add more salt, pepper, vinegar, cayenne pepper, or sugar to taste.

  3. You can either serve right away or let it rest in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours for a more developed flavor profile.


Printable recipe (pdf) below:

Joe's %22Spicy Hot%22 Coleslaw
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