Delicious side dishes are often what makes the meal. Coleslaw is a go-to choice for various occasions, especially summer cookouts—the tangy, creamy, and crunchy qualities of coleslaw pair up great with many dishes. Many variations make this classic recipe burst with flavor. We will explore three different coleslaw recipes that are sure to get good reviews from everyone young, old, and in-between.


Give Your Coleslaw an Asian Flare


Raw cabbage is part of many Asian dishes. This is why it is a perfect variation to complement any meal. This recipe calls for Asian condiments like toasted sesame oil, fresh lime juice, cilantro, minced peanuts, and a splash of soy sauce. You can choose red cabbage if you desire, add carrots, and green onions. If you want a creamy texture, you can add a bit of peanut sauce. This slaw is perfect on its own as a salad or can be the topper for lettuce wraps or a fried rice dish.


Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw Made with Fruits


Another great variation of coleslaw is adding fresh fruits such as apples. Green apples, in particular, work great; they have just the right amount of sweet-and-tangy, and combining honey and apple cider vinegar works well to play off the sweet and acidic flavors. I touch of dijon mustard can also give it another layer of flavor. Sprinkle nuts and chopped mint leaves for extra flavor and crunch. The acidity of the green apple complements the sweet and salty flavors of this recipe.


Spicy Southwest Flavorful Coleslaw


For a Southwest flair, add corn, cilantro, and red onion to your slaw. You can add shredded jicama to your cabbage for a different level of crunch and flavor. To make it even more delicious, try a smokey flavor by putting the corn on the grill before adding it to the slaw. You can create a creamy lime dressing with a hint of cumin and as much heat as you would like. A minced jalapeno can give your dressing that extra kick that makes it an authentic spicy Southwest creation. Top off your slaw with sliced avocado for a creamier and richer flavor. This recipe makes for an excellent side or a topper for tacos and burrito bowls.


Coleslaw is a great way to eat raw vegetables. Try different variations and get creative with your unique version. This is a dish that is truly an open canvas for dozens of combinations.