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Creamy Coleslaw with Cilantro

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This creamy coleslaw with cilantro is a fresh, crunchy combination of napa cabbage, red onion, carrot, and cilantro that’s tossed in a creamy orange dressing. You can make it ahead and assemble just before your guests arrive or you head out on your picnic.

A colorful serving platter filled with coleslaw with cilantro with wooden serving utensils on the side.

Adapted from Rebecca Lang | Y’All Come Over | Rizzoli, 2021

Thank goodness coleslaw has come a long way from the bags and bottles in the produce section. I like to slice all my vegetables and keep them in the fridge, covered with a damp paper towel. I make the dressing ahead and then add it all together right before the doorbell rings.–Rebecca Lang

Creamy Coleslaw with Cilantro FAQs

What is the flavor difference between regular yellow mustard and whole grain mustard?

Regular yellow mustard is the one we all know and love (or hate?). It’s the one that drips off of our hot dogs and corndogs and stains T-shirts in the summertime. It’s made from yellow mustard seeds and is the mildest of all mustards. Turmeric is added for color, and vinegar and water make it a crisp, slightly tangy squeezable sauce.

Whole grain mustard contains both yellow and brown mustard seeds, some crushed or partially crushed (enough to make a paste) and some whole. Brown mustard seeds are spicier than yellow, so your whole grain mustard is going to have a bit more of a kick than regular yellow mustard. Whole grain mustard usually contains apple cider vinegar and a bit of brown sugar, making it deliciously tangy with a bit of sweetness.

Can I prepare this creamy coleslaw recipe ahead of time?

You can prepare most of this recipe ahead of time. Make your dressing and set it aside, and then prepare your veggies. Store them separately in the fridge. Add the dressing and give your slaw a good mix just before serving.

What should I serve with creamy coleslaw with cilantro?

This easy coleslaw recipe is a great side dish for picnics, BBQs, and any summer gathering. It will always be welcome alongside ribs, burgers, or fried chicken, and our testers loved how well it paired with broiled fish fillets.

Creamy Coleslaw with Cilantro

A colorful serving platter filled with coleslaw with cilantro with wooden serving utensils on the side.

This easy-peasy creamy coleslaw combines cabbage, red onion, carrot, and cilantro in a tangy mayonnaise-based orange dressing. It can be mostly prepared ahead of time and tossed with dressing just before serving. No wonder people are calling it the best creamy coleslaw they’ve ever tried.

Rebecca Lang

Prep 20 mins

Total 20 mins

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, orange zest and juice, salt, and pepper.

  • Add the cabbage, onion, carrot, and cilantro and toss to coat with the dressing. Serve immediately.

Serving: 1portionCalories: 114kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 10g (3%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 8g (12%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mg (1%)Sodium: 373mg (16%)Potassium: 547mg (16%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 4550IU (91%)Vitamin C: 55mg (67%)Calcium: 154mg (15%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Originally published May 11, 2022

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