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Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

This super simple and healthy cilantro lime cole slaw has a nice zing from the lime dressing. The perfect low carb substitution for heavy mexican rice or beans. Cilantro haters need not apply!

Feedback for this Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw: "I’ve made this many times and love it. It also makes a great bed for fish tacos."- Linda S., Yummly User

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe: A super healthy and easy side dish, perfect substitute for heavy rice or beans! #mexican #salad #vegetarian #vegan

Sometimes, I cringe when I write these posts. I tend towards oversharing, in person and on the blog. I just don't have secrets. So I'm sure when I talk to you today about my awkward weight struggle post-baby, you're probably not surprised. 


It truly doesn't bug me if you just roll your eyes and scroll to the recipe. But I know some of you have been here, and will read on. So I'll write life updated and share this cilantro slaw recipe with you in mind. 

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I gained around 45 pounds with Eli. I've heard worse, and I've heard better. I really wasn't too upset with the weight gained during pregnancy. What upsets me is that almost two years after he is born, I still have an extra 20 pounds on me. And honestly, this is BECAUSE OF ME. Yes, it's harder to lose weight after baby, but I really think it has less to do with your body and more to do with your mind.

"This was great for my pulled pork tacos. I added ½ cup of diced fresh pineapple and increased the sugar to two tablespoons. Shame on us but we like sweet."- Johnson, Yummly User 

Life is more of a whirlwind, which seems to trigger all my overeating tendencies. I have a busy day, I come home exhausted, and I take comfort in a big bowl of cajun pasta, or mac and cheese. Because I deserve it, right? 

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe: A super healthy and easy side dish, perfect substitute for heavy rice or beans! #mexican #salad #vegetarian #vegan

I turn 30 soon. I don't want to enter my 30's feeling badly about my body. So, it's time to take a bit more control of my eating. I've decided to do a low (not NO) carb approach, which my body always responds really well to. It also typically helps break me of any sugar cravings that I have. 

I love all kinds of food, healthy and not-so-healthy, so this won't be too hard for me, but it certainly will increase the number of healthy-ish recipes that I share with you, like this cilantro lime coleslaw.

If anyone else is struggling with baby weight (or weight in general), I'd love to hear from you. What is your favorite, go-to healthy meal that still tastes rich and flavorful? I refuse to eat boring food, so please share your favorites! 

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw Recipe: A super healthy and easy side dish, perfect substitute for heavy rice or beans! #mexican #salad #vegetarian #vegan

And don't worry, I'll still be sharing things like these Stuffed S'mores Treats. I've got two other people in my house, and coworkers that are counting on me, and I won't let them (or you) down!

And if you love this cilantro lime cole slaw, make sure you try my classic Vinegar Based Coleslaw recipe, one of the most popular on this site! 

This slaw is also a great taco topper, including these Crispy Shrimp Tacos! 

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

A delicious and healthy lime cilantro slaw. Cilantro haters need not apply!


  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or splenda
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 ounces coleslaw mix (green cabbage and carrots)
  • 4 ounces shredded purple cabbage


  1. Add coleslaw mix purple cabbage, cilantro and green onions into medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, add lime juice, olive oil, sugar/splenda, salt and pepper. Mix.
  3. Pour dressing onto slaw mix, stir and serve.

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Laura Magdaleno

Monday 4th of July 2016

Thank you!!! Great recipe!! Kid approved!! My picky eater child loved it!!! She asked for more!!! ???? Surely making it again!!


Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Fantastic! I am so glad to hear your kiddo loved it! Mine is going through a "nothing green" phase right now and it's slowly killing me. ;) Thanks for dropping a note to let me know!

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Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have a serious aversion to mayonnaise, as well as store bought salads of any kind.

I gained 55 pounds with my pregnancy, lost all but 20 of it in maybe a year. Takes 10 months to put it on, give another ten to take it off. I was normal for BMI before, but seemed really tiny for my 5'10" height in a size 4. In my new size (still 5 years later) I look healthy with a size 12 hip, and people are very surprised I could have ever been 20 pounds lighter because I still look small on top and for my height. So I continue to eat very healthy, and don't sweat the extra pounds post pregnancy. My body is just different now. So let me ask, do you feel healthy? Why try so hard to take off the pounds?

Sounds like you and I have similar reactions to the standard side dishes on Mexican dinner night. Here's how I lighten up the meal, our house favorite! I simmer shredded chicken with chili , onion, and garlic powder. I shred zucchini and carrots to make up half the meat mix in the same pan. On the side (or beneath for a nice taco salad) I make a wild rice and a can of while black our pinto beans. We top our tacos with lots of lettuce, but with coleslaw is really amazing too! We'll have to try out your recipe on tacos some night soon. :) thanks!


Wednesday 21st of October 2015

Thanks so much for your response! It sounds like we have very similar body types! I'm 5'11'' and now a 14. Prior to pregnancy I was an 8 and very fit. I think a lot of the struggle for me is what you suggested; accepting that my body probably won't look like it used to. But, I am slightly over a healthy BMI right now, so I do need to drop some weight to get back within a healthy range. I'm doing moderate low carb and weight training to get there, and it's happening slowly (VERRRYYYY SLOWLY, like a half pound per week) but I am starting to look more toned, and I feel a TON better than when I wrote this post! LOVE your suggestion to add zucchini and carrots into your chicken taco meat. That is brilliant! I am definitely going to give that a try!

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