This Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is the perfect cabbage slaw for fish tacos, chicken tacos and even pork tacos. Crunchy purple cabbage mixed with spicy jalapenos, red onions, cilantro and dressed with tangy citrus juice, this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is the only cabbage slaw recipe you will ever need.
Let’s talk tacos, shall we? There are a million types of tacos that I am currently in love with and this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is best served on ALL of them. Fish tacos? No problem, this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is your Go-To. Smoked pork tacos? Yup, all you want to add is this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe. What about chicken tacos? Please! … stop… you are embarassing yourself. This Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is the perfect combination of crunchy red cabbage (or is it purple cabbage??), tangy dressing and spicy flavors and all that together makes this the ultimate red cabbage slaw and the only taco slaw you will ever reach for …. EVER!!
IS IT RED CABBAGE OR PURPLE CABBAGE?
The right answer is ‘red cabbage’ but it is commonly known by either name. The red cabbage is also known as purple cabbage because its leaves are coloured dark red/purple. However, the leaf color is determined by the pH value of the soil it is growing in. In acidic soils, the cabbage leaves grow more reddish while in neutral soils the leaves will grow more purple.
HOW LONG WILL RED CABBAGE SLAW STAY FRESH?
Cabbage can stay fresh for weeks in the refrigerator if it is not shredded or separated. Once you make slaw from that cabbage, it will only remain fresh for a few days so plan accordingly when making your Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS TANGY RED CABBAGE SLAW RECIPE?
Easy! To make this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe, start by washing the red cabbage and peeling off any outside leaves that may have wilted. Cut the cabbage in half and then either using a sharp knife and a stead hand or a mandolin, shredd the cabbage into thin slices. Move the cabbage to a large mixing bowl. Next, dice up the red onions and cilantro and add them to your mixing bowl with the red cabbage. Cut the jalapeno in half and remove the seeds, stem and ribs.
Dice the jalapeno and add that to the bowl, as well. Then mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice and zest, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and pour over the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
That’s it!! Super easy, super tasty and the perfect simple red cabbage slaw with a bright tangy citrus dressing for all of your taco needs. This Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is the only cabbage slaw I use on my fish tacos, my Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos, my smoked pork tacos and even my pulled pork tacos.
But WAIT!! There’s more…. (haha!! Sorry … I just had to do that!) … This Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe is also perfect to dress up a burger or sandwich. I have even used this on my Pineapple Chili Lime Slow Cooker Pork Sandwich and it was A-MA-ZING!!!
So next time you are serving up … well, just about ANYTHING in a tortilla shell … be sure to top it off with this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe. Your taste buds AND your tummy will thank you for it!
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Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe
- 1/2 red cabbage
- 2/3 red onion diced
- 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
- 2 large jalapeno peppers diced - stem, seeds and ribs removed
- 1 large orange juiced
- 1 lime juiced and zested
- 1/2 lemon juiced and zested
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- To make this Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw Recipe, start by washing the red cabbage and peeling off any outside leaves that may have wilted. Cut the cabbage in half and then either using a sharp knife and a stead hand or a mandolin, shredd the cabbage into thin slices. Move the cabbage to a large mixing bowl.
- Next, dice up the red onions and cilantro and add them to your mixing bowl with the red cabbage. Cut the jalapenos in half and remove the seeds, stem and ribs. Dice the jalapenos and add that to the bowl, as well.
- Then mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice and zest, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and pour over the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
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Lori Sosa says
This is the.best. We top EVERYTHING with this purple deliciousness, or we eat it on its own! When we’re having tacos (btw- takes them to an indescribable level) I prepare a double batch so my DIL and I can both gorge ourselves on bowls full the next day. It truly is one of my favorite recipes, and I’m so grateful to have found it. Thanks so much!
Insherah Asadi says
Excellent recipe!! Delicious!!
The only thing different that I did was not using lemon juice, only lime.
Michael Kirby says
Sounds good Insherah, I will have to give that a try.
Alexander Gibson says
Made it twice and love it! Made it as directed.
This would be great on fish tacos! I can’t wait to give it a try this summer season.
If I make this I’m guessing I will have to start putting it on everything! Looks so good, the perfect combination of crunchy and tangy.
Renee Gardner says
I love red cabbage slaw and this mayo free version sounds great! I had no idea that the PH of the soil makes the color change. I knew it works this way for hydrangeas, but never drew the connection for cabbage.
I love slaw especially when they are mayo free. This sounds so refreshing with the citrus juices
Sri Mallya says
Wow! This loOks so delicious and flavorful. Can’ t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing
Yes! Love red cabbage on tacos! It’s the perfect amount of crunch. The jalapeño and fresh fruit juices sound like the perfect pairing here.
Veena Azmanov says
This sounds so flavorful and perfect for this summer weather. So refreshing. I love red cabbage and I’m usually the only on eating cabbage for salad. so this would be perfect for me. Can’t wait to try it.
Marisa Franca says
The red cabbage behaves a little bit like hydrangeas. The flowering shrub changes colors depending upon the soil also. We do love our cabbage slaw and if it’s crunchy it certainly adds a lot to tacos. Fish tacos are our favorite. This recipe is a keeper.
I love homemade dressings on salads. This salad sounds good and the colors are beautiful!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Yum! This looks so easy and tasty! Perfect for topping on tacos!
Pearl Rodrigues says
I think you’ve got the perfect blend of ingredients in this one. Loving the brightness and feel of this recipe. Thanks for sharing !!
I absolutely love red cabbage. We go through at least one a week! I’ll be saving this recipe to try soon.
Kiki Johnson says
Hi there! This slaw looks and sounds so summery! I especially like citrus dressings for slaws and prefer them to traditional one which are often way too heavy on mayo! The addition of jalapenos for some heat is genius!