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Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw

This Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is  a tasty side dish to accompany any Mexican inspired meal.

Pre-packaged shredded broccoli, carrots, red cabbage are tossed with jalapeño, lime, red onion, and red bell pepper for a refreshing side salad.

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw

Mexican food, especially of the Tex-Mex variety, is one of my favorite foods to eat.

I seriously don’t think you can go wrong with enchiladas, tacos, and of course a big bowl of guacamole.

I love the flavors of cilantro, lime, and jalapeño.

But just as much as how good the food tastes, I think I love all the memories that it brings back of us growing up in Texas.

We usually had tacos weekly at home for dinner.

Nothing fancy, just your typical ground beef tacos with corn tortillas.

And we always had Mexican food for birthday dinners at our favorite restaurant.

I’m so thrilled that both of my kids are finally starting to get some decent taste when it comes to food.

I can usually keep everyone happy with a taco or quesadilla night, even if they don’t like the more creative versions of recipes that I prefer.

I recently made this Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw to go with some tacos we had for dinner.

I thought it was super good and really easy to throw together so I thought I’d share it.

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How to Make Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw

You start with a bag of pre-packaged broccoli slaw.

Usually that includes a mix of shredded broccoli paired with a little bit of shredded carrot and red cabbage for color.

Toss that in a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients – chopped cilantro, diced red onion and jalapeño, sliced red bell pepper, salt and pepper to taste.

Then, dress it with your favorite store-bought cilantro lime dressing or vinaigrette.

Or alternatively, you can stir together a little sour cream and lime juice.

Even though this was not Logan and Madeline’s favorite thing – they favor more traditional toppings – I have a feeling they may come around to my way of thinking in the future.

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Favorite Mexican Recipes

Looking for something to serve with this Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw? Here are a few ideas:

I love this Layered Ground Chicken Taco Salad in a Jar when I’m craving the flavors of tacos but feel like having a salad.

I love how creamy ranch dressing and spicy salsa combine for the perfect dressing.

These Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw are really refreshing, especially in the summer.

I love the crunch of the corn tortilla shells and the slaw topping. You can easily sub this Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw in this recipe as well.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos are great if you are looking for a meatless option for Taco Tuesday!

This recipe for Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Chile Gravy Enchilada Sauce reminds me of my favorite enchiladas from a Mexican restaurant we frequented growing up in Texas.

You can’t have Mexican night without a big bowl of guac. I love this Roasted Salsa Verde and Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole Recipe.

What are your favorite side dishes to serve with Mexican food?

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Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw

Yield: serves 4 - 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is  a tasty side dish to accompany any Mexican inspired meal. Pre-packaged shredded broccoli, carrots, red cabbage are tossed with jalapeño, lime, red onion, and red bell pepper for a refreshing side salad.


For the Salad

  • 12 ounces Pre-Packaged Broccoli Slaw (a mix of broccoli, red cabbage, and carrot)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeño, minced (deseeded for milder heat if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced Red Onion

For the Dressing

  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Sour Cream
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the broccoli slaw, cilantro, jalapeño, red bell pepper, and red onion in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, sour cream, and salt and pepper. Stir into the slaw mixture.
  3. Alternatively, you may use your favorite store bough Cilantro Lime dressing.
  4. Cover the bowl with the slaw with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or over night.


If you prefer, you may use 3 tablespoons of your favorite store bought Cilantro Lime Dressing or:

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 41Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 3mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 2g

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Kristen H.

Thursday 21st of April 2016

This looks so light and summery. I can't wait to try it. Do you have a favorite store bought Cilantro Lime dressing?

Katie Goodman

Thursday 21st of April 2016

I like these:

But it all depends on if you want something creamy or more of a vinaigrette, or you could do a little of both.

Sommer @aspicyperspective

Monday 18th of April 2016

This dish will be sure to wow a crowd! Perfect for a summer barbecue! 

Katie Goodman

Monday 18th of April 2016

Thanks, Sommer! I agree…perfect for summer BBQs. Can't wait for that kind of weather. :)

Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

Saturday 16th of April 2016

I am loving broccoli slaw these days and it's so easy with all the prepped ingredients available.  I have never chilled in overnight but will have to try that!  

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