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bright mexican slaw salad with pepitas, cumin, and lime dressing
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Mexican Coleslaw

This easy Mexican coleslaw is a quick and easy recipe to accompany your favorite Mexican main dish. It's fresh, vibrant, crunchy, and so delicious. It's perfect as a taco topping too!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Tania


  • Sharp knife
  • Lime juicer
  • Large mixing bowl


  • Juice of 1 medium lime or to taste
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin or to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 to 6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (see notes)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas)


  • Make the lime dressing: In a mason jar, combine the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Shake vigorously until well mixed.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds along with the lime dressing to taste until evenly combined. If needed, season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a side dish or toppings with tacos, burritos, rice, etc. Up to you!


  • Pick a cabbage that feels heavy for its size. Also make sure the leaves are green and compact. It's okay if the outer leaves are dull and tough since you'll discard those anyway.
  • How to slice cabbage: Remove and discard the loose outer leaves from the cabbage. Then, cut it in half from top to bottom, through the large stem. Lay the cabbage flat and thinly slice it. If desired, you can remove the thick stem that runs in the middle.
  • Other ways to slice cabbage faster: You can use a food processor with the adjustable slicer blade. You can also use a mandoline.
  • Prep-ahead: the cabbage can be sliced 1-2 day in advance and stored in a container or resealable bag in the fridge. The dressing can be made ahead and refrigerated for 1-2 days.
  • Disclaimer: Nutritional values are approximates.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg