Rainbow Coleslaw

This coleslaw is a versatile side dish that pairs with almost anything.  Not only is it very simple to prepare, but it also lasts in the fridge for days and goes nicely with a variety of main dishes.  Cabbage is a power-packed food!  Since cabbage is rich in fiber, a great source of antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation, and supports detoxification pathways, any way you can get more of this sulfur rich cruciferous superfood in your diet is terrific.  For anyone tired of a boring side-salad, this recipe is the one for you! 

Rainbow Coleslaw

Rainbow Coleslaw

This simple coleslaw takes just a few ingredients and adds a wonderful crunch to several main dishes.  This colorful side will help you “eat the rainbow” since it is packed with purple, orange, and green pigmented foods.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Bowl Large


  • 6 cups green cabbage about half a head
  • 6 cups red cabbage about half a head
  • 2 whole carrots


  • 2 tbsp avocado mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 cup lime juice around 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper


  • Thinly slice the green and red cabbage.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Peel and shred the carrots.  Add them to the cabbage.
  • Whisk the avocado mayonnaise, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. 
  • Pour dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture.
  • Stir well to coat the cabbage and carrots with the dressing.
  • Cover and refrigerate for an hour before serving.


  1. Serving suggestions:  This coleslaw goes great with just about everything.  It lightens up fattier proteins such as salmon, ribs, brisket, or pulled pork.  It’s a great topping for a simple taco or served on the side of a bison burger.  You can even put the slaw on top of a bed of mixed lettuce or arugula to make a colorful salad.          
  2. Kitchen Tip:  To save time, I like to buy the precut organic shredded carrots and coleslaw mix with purple and green cabbage.  All you need to do is throw them in the bowl with the dressing and you’re set!   
  3. Functional medicine tip:  To add even more colors to this coleslaw you can use rainbow carrots (purple, yellow, orange) and use more purple cabbage than green.  
  4. Did you say potluck?  Bring a large bowl of this rainbow coleslaw to your next potluck.  Not only will everyone love it; it will help ensure that you get a nice serving of veggies no matter what else is in the food line. 
  5. Fun variations:  You can add some green onion, sesame seeds and slivered almonds to pair nicely with an Asian style dish like miso-salmon.  Or kick it up a notch by adding cilantro, red onions, and cayenne pepper for a Mexican twist.  This variation goes great with some slow- cooked carnitas.     
Keyword Basics, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
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