Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw

A big serving spoon full of Crunchy Mexican Slaw.

I hated slaw when I was a kid. Now I can’t get enough of it! Loaded with crisp cabbage and fresh veggies, Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw is vibrant in color, flavor, and texture. The creamy dressing gets extra zip from fresh lime zest. This salad is a winner!

Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw Recipe –

A red bowl of Crunchy Mexican Slaw.

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To me, nothing says summer like salads do.

What’s more refreshing than having a salad tucked in the fridge, ready for you to eat as a light lunch, healthy snack or as a side dish?

And, because I love salads, I try to keep a good selection of salad recipes here on my blog.

One of my most popular salads is Summer Corn Salad, and it’s also a personal favorite of my own.

Whenever there’s a family gathering I’m always asked to bring Crunchy Frito Corn Salad, and my husband likes me to make Delta Cornbread Salad for his family reunion side dish.

What to love about this easy salad recipe –

  1. It’s a classic side dish and goes great with any meal.
  2. No cabbage cooking is required!
  3. You can prepare this coleslaw recipe ahead of time.
  4. Only a few ingredients are needed.

Here are the ingredients you need to make this recipe –

  • Packaged coleslaw mix
  • Sliced black olives
  • Mexi-corn (canned corn with green and red bell peppers)
  • Scallions (green onions)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime

How to make Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw in 3 easy steps –

**Full, printable recipe card below – just scroll on down within this post to find it! 

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together until smooth. (Or, place the dressing ingredients into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well.)
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine the coleslaw mix with the olives, corn, and sliced scallions.
  3. Drizzle the salad ingredients with the desired amount of the prepared dressing; toss gently to combine. Chill the coleslaw for 2-3 hours. Coleslaw can be made up to 6-8 hours ahead.

Crunchy Mexican Slaw served up on a pretty plate.

Answers to Common Questions Asked About This Recipe

Can I make my own coleslaw mix?

Certainly. Grab a head of green cabbage from the produce department. Shred or very thinly slice the cabbage; add matchstick carrots to the cabbage, as desired. Purple cabbage can also be added for pretty color and more crunch.

Is coleslaw a healthy side dish?

Yes, coleslaw can be a healthy, delicious side dish since it’s loaded with vegetables that are packed with fiber and vitamins. Sometimes, though, where coleslaw ISN’T healthy is regarding the dressing, since it’s made with mayonnaise.

How can I make more healthy version of coleslaw dressing that is lower in fat and calories?

To make this coleslaw dressing lower in fat and calories, substitute plain Greek yogurt for half of the mayonnaise. The dressing will still be nice and creamy, with just a bit more tang from the Greek yogurt.

More Favorite Salad Recipes to Enjoy –

Crunchy Mexican Slaw served in a red serving bowl.

Printable Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

A big serving spoon full of Crunchy Mexican Slaw.

Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw

I hated slaw when I was a kid. Now I can't get enough of it! Loaded with crisp cabbage and fresh veggies, Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw is vibrant in color, flavor, and texture. The creamy dressing gets extra zip from fresh lime zest. This salad is a winner!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 103kcal


Coleslaw Ingredients

  • 1 lb. package coleslaw (shredded cabbage with carrots)
  • 2 2 oz. cans sliced black olives, drained well
  • 1 7 oz. can Green Giant Mexi-Corn, drained well
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts both

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime


Make the Dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Prepare the Coleslaw

  • In a large serving bowl, gently toss the coleslaw with the black olives, corn, and green onions to combine. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing, tossing again to allow the dressing to coat all the vegetables; add more dressing as desired.
  • Chill the salad for 2-3 hours before serving. Salad is best served within 6-8 hours of preparation so coleslaw stays crispy.


**Be sure to check the blog post for tips and tricks, specific instructions, good recommended tools, and FAQ’s for making this zesty coleslaw. 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: #Vegetable Salad, coleslaw, easy, mexican, summer


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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