Serves a Crowd

Jalapeño-Apple Slaw with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

January  9, 2011
5 Ratings
  • Prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves a small crowd
Author Notes

This is a tangy, spicy oil based slaw that has always been a crowd pleaser. It is great with pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ ribs, fish tacos or a Mexican feast; and I have even served it with a holiday turkey or Christmas prime rib dinner - using festive colored bell peppers. Granny smith is the preferred apple to use, however, pink lady (in photo) adds a delicious tart flavor, too. I seriously hope you will try this! —lapadia

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt (optional)
  • 2 large jalapeños - cut in half moons
  • 1 medium bell pepper - red, orange, yellow or a combination of colors (using mini-bells)
  • 1 very large Granny smith apple (preferred) but pink lady adds a delicious tart flavor, too
  • 2 green onions
  • 7 1/2 cups finely sliced cabbage
  1. Finely slice the cabbage and cold water rinse. Drain well or send through a salad spinner; set aside, until needed.
  2. In a salad bowl, prepare the vinaigrette; mix together the honey, rice vinegar, oil, lime juice and salt. Whisk together until smooth and saucy, set aside.
  3. Core and thin slice the apple; add to the vinaigrette, coat all slices to prevent browning.
  4. Chop the green onions, jalapeños and bell pepper. Add to the apples, stir to coat ingredients.
  5. Add the well drained cabbage. Toss to coat.
  6. Chill at least 1 hour or long enough for all ingredients to incorporate.
  7. *Recipe is a modified version of one found in a Chile Pepper issue - 10 years ago.

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54 Reviews

Bevi October 2, 2018
Glad to see this in the Apple contest. Our favorite slaw and we make it year round.
lapadia October 2, 2018
Kimberly March 8, 2016
I made this tonight to go with fish tacos and it was simply fabulous!
lapadia March 9, 2016
Thanks so much for your feedback, Kimberly! Fish tacos are a favorite around here with this happy you enjoyed :)
Karl R. July 21, 2015
I made this recipe over the weekend to accompany carnitas and it was so good, I made another batch this morning before work with the leftover ingredients.
lapadia July 21, 2015
Hi Karl, I am so happy this recipe was enjoyed by all and love that you sent your feedback my way! I like to make this for all sort of occasions...
Sharon July 18, 2015
Great stuff! Vinaigrette based slaw is all we ever eat. I like the apple in this one. I sometimes make the dressing in a blender and throw in some cucumber. Cool, crunchy, delicious.
lapadia July 19, 2015
Thanks & Excellent cucumber idea, Sharon, thanks for passing it on! :)
Kelly P. May 10, 2015
Just made this for Mother's Day BBQ! Wow so good and it hasn't even set for a while!
lapadia May 10, 2015
Thanks, so happy to get your feedback, hope it was enjoyed by all!
Betty B. March 22, 2014
This has been my go to side for years! Thanks for making me look good!
lapadia March 22, 2014
Too funny, BB! :) Thrilled everybody likes it...
Napa F. September 2, 2013
tastes really good with a dash of sesame oil and soy
lapadia September 2, 2013
Yum, NF! Thanks for the suggestion, after all, recipes are made for tweaking :) !!
Juliebell July 31, 2013
I just made this for dinner and I'm not sure we can wait for an hour for it to chill! It is wonderful. Thanks for a real winner.
lapadia July 31, 2013
Thanks for your feedback Julie, I am so happy you enjoy it :) !
boulangere May 5, 2013
OMG, it's 8:30 in the morning on Mother's Day and I just made a batch of this to take to a bbq this afternoon, and I had to sit down and eat a bowl for breakfast! This is my go from now on forever for cole slaw. (I added a bit of Sambal Olek to the dressing because, well, I have to have my weekly ration of it.) This is brilliant!
lapadia May 5, 2013
Hi Ladies :) Thank so much for the comments, I'm thrilled you all like it. We have versions of it all the time. Yes, Mother's day is next week; last week "I" was a week ahead, too, the time just flies by so fast when we are busy and having so much fun!
TheWimpyVegetarian April 22, 2013
Oh gosh yes. I love, love, love this recipe. I've made it a bunch of times, and it never fails me. I'm so glad you've entered it!!
lapadia April 23, 2013
Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by. I haven't been receiving my email notifications, lately, so I'm glad I checked the site :)
QueenSashy April 21, 2013
I am so glad for the vinegar contest, because I discovered your recipe!!!
lapadia April 23, 2013
Thanks QS! Would love your feedback if you try it.
Bevi April 17, 2013
This recipe deserves to be in the finals, IMO. In my circle of family and friends, it has brought much pleasure and joy. And it is about as versatile a recipe as you will find.
lapadia April 17, 2013
Triple thanks! :) PS-I have not received any of these comment notifications, I just happened to see the activity log. Editors are notified...yay.
boulangere April 17, 2013
This is a brilliant creation.
lapadia April 17, 2013
Many thanks! :)
Hilarybee April 15, 2013
Made this to go with hake fish tacos. I actually used a sweeter apple because that is all that I had. It turned out really nice, but I did wish I had those crisp, tart apples to go with the honey lime flavor.
lapadia April 15, 2013
I'm thrilled you tried and happy for your feedback, HB! I just happened to see your comment on the activity board, glad for that, my email notices have not been working for a couple weeks, can't wait for them to be fixed :)
Hilarybee April 17, 2013
My husband asked me to make this again this week. So I'm making it again for him, again with fish tacos. Popular recipe in my house! =)
lapadia April 17, 2013
Yay! Thanks so much for filling me in, now you can try the granny smith, and now I am thinking of fish tacos, will have to do something about that :)
Bevi October 19, 2012
I am making this over the weekend for my kids, early in the day so the flavors meld!
lapadia October 19, 2012
Great plan!
Bevi October 22, 2012
This was fantastic! The flavors melded so nicely and the vinaigrette is superb. I really wish that this and other recipes that don't have CPs could get more traction on this site. It's really a shame that such an outstanding recipe is not seen by more members. We really really enjoyed it and I should have made a double batch. They went really nicely with our grilled Pearl hot dogs! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, Lapadia!
Bevi October 22, 2012
PS - I used Napa cabbage.
lapadia October 23, 2012
Thanks Bevi! Always love the feedback :)
lapadia October 23, 2012
I've used Napa before, too! Actually is my favorite.
susan G. July 28, 2011
How did I miss this? I just came home with a cabbage today, craving cole slaw.
lapadia July 29, 2011
Hi susan g, hope you enjoy it! This is funny, I am making your deli slaw this weekend for my dad's 92nd birthday party!
susan G. August 3, 2011
Pretty and tasty -- just what I wanted! My command of chiles needs more competence, though, but fortunately the error was on the mild side and will be remedied easily.
Congratulations to your father! A celebration at your house must be delicious.
lapadia August 4, 2011
Thanks on all comments, so glad you enjoyed, and next time, be sure to tweak to your heart's desire! Your deli salad was enjoyed by all, as I suspected it would be :)
hardlikearmour July 28, 2011
So glad you entered this. I had forgotten it, and it was something I had definitely wanted to make. Saved now!
lapadia July 28, 2011
Thanks, HLA! Looking forward to your feedback and any tweaks you may use :)
MyCommunalTable January 13, 2011
Love the salad, love the fish taco idea, love, love, love....
lapadia January 13, 2011
Hey, thanks so much, MCT! It is a very tasty salad if and at times I make a slaw without the "heat", for those who prefer it that way...your version is another flavorful slaw right up that alley!
vvvanessa January 12, 2011
this sounds crunchy, light, and yummy!
lapadia January 13, 2011
Thanks, vvvanessa, your description is "spot on"!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 12, 2011
This is right up my alley with the addition of the jalapeno! I've added this to my "must try list". Thanks for another great recipe lapadia!!
lapadia January 13, 2011
Thanks, ChezSuzanne! This recipe is one I make often, is very versatile as far as the peppers and apples go, as well as the dinner it is served with. Hope to hear how you like it...Happy New Year!