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Homemade Coleslaw with Mint

Homemade coleslaw with mint combines crunchy cabbage and carrots with mint leaves, cilantro, and scallions. While the fresh vegetables are delicious, the star of the show is the zesty homemade coleslaw dressing. It is the perfect side dish for backyard barbecues and potlucks.

Homemade coleslaw in a bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Inspired by Seatown Rub Shack and Fish Fry in Seattle, their tangy dressing has the most delicious flavor, and I knew I had to create my own version of the umami-rich coleslaw.

I want to give a big shout-out to the head chef at Seatown Rub Shack for taking the time to write down the ingredients for me. I also want to thank the server for asking him. With the basic ingredients in hand, I tested and tried different combinations until it tasted close to the original.

What is in Homemade Coleslaw?

  • Cabbage: Shred a combination of red cabbage and green cabbage for a brightly colored base. You can use one or the other, but I love colorful coleslaw. You can also use a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix from the grocery store, but it won’t stay as crunchy.
  • Carrots: Buy the carrots pre-shredded or shred your own.
  • Scallions: Scallions or green onions add texture and a nice, peppery finish. You can also use chives, leeks, or red onions. 
  • Cilantro: Brighten and flavor the salad with fresh cilantro.
  • Mint: Besides the dressing, mint leaves elevate the dish! I have two mint plants at home, so I am making this coleslaw all summer!
  • Dressing: I am not being dramatic; this is the best dressing for coleslaw if you want to depart from typical mayo-based dressing. It features rice vinegarfish sauce, lime juice, fresh jalapeño, minced ginger, and garlic to make the most crave-worthy dressing.

Additions and Substitutions

  • I love the dressing the way it is, but depending on what you have available, you may need to make a few substitutions. Use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar instead of rice vinegar. Replace the lime juice with fresh lemon juice, and if you prefer a sweeter dressing, consider mixing in maple syrup or honey. 
  • Shred Brussels sprouts and use them instead of cabbage. 

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

You will need a sharp knifemandolin, or box grater to make the easy coleslaw recipe. You can also use a food processor with a grater setting. 

How to Make Homemade Coleslaw with Mint

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Cut the cabbage and carrots into thin slices using a sharp knife or mandolin. Then, chop the scallions, mint, and cilantro. Combine them in a large bowl and set them aside.

Shred and chop the vegetables.

Step 2: Add the ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

Step 3: Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Pour the dressing over the shredded vegetables and combine.

Expert Tips

  • Shred your own cabbage for the best results and the perfect crunch. You can buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix, but it tends to wilt faster. 

If you enjoy this side dish, pair it with one of these dinner recipes!  

Homemade Coleslaw ready to be served.

Serving Suggestions

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store the easy homemade coleslaw in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • Repurpose: Use leftover coleslaw as a filling for a tacos and sandwiches or you can use it to top burgers, sausages, bratwurst, and hotdogs.

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Homemade Coleslaw with Mint

Tressa Jamil
Homemade coleslaw with mint features cabbage, carrots, cilantro, scallions, and umami-rich dressing for side you'll want to serve with everything!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 32 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
For the Coleslaw:
  • ½ head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, julienne
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
For the Dressing:
  • ¾ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  • lime juice, ½ lime
  • ¼ jalapeño pepper, grated
  • ½ – inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
Instructions
 
  • Cut the cabbage and carrots into thin slices using a sharp knife or mandolin. Then, chop the scallions, mint, and cilantro. Combine them in a large bowl and set them aside.
  • Add the ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Notes
Adapted:
  • We got the idea for this tasty coleslaw from Seatown Rub Shack and Fish Fry in Seattle, Washington.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 32 kcal | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Protein: 1 g | Sodium: 173 mg | Potassium: 208 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 2829 IU | Vitamin C: 31 mg | Calcium: 42 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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5 from 5 votes (3 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




David Anderson

Friday 26th of May 2023

This coleslaw is the bomb! The combination of fresh mint, cilantro, and scallions adds a burst of freshness that I never knew coleslaw could have. And that homemade dressing? Mouthwatering! I can't get enough of this recipe. It's a must-try!

Sarah

Friday 26th of May 2023

Wow, this Homemade Coleslaw is a game-changer! The addition of fresh mint and cilantro takes the flavor to a whole new level. And that homemade dressing? Absolutely divine! This recipe is now a staple in my household. Thanks for sharing, it's a winner!