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11 Fresh Coleslaw Ideas for Crunchtastic Summer Meals

It's high time to give coleslaw its moment to shine. No longer content to be a ho-hum, predictable side dish of ordinary shredded cabbage and mayo, coleslaw is stepping up its flavor game with all kinds of add-ins, dressings, and cabbage varieties to make things extra interesting. Here's a look at some of our favorite summer coleslaws, along with main dish suggestions for perfect summer pairings.

1. Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw

Fresh lime, cilantro, sweet chili sauce, and rice vinegar make this a zesty coleslaw to go with Mexican or Asian dishes.

Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw

Photo by Malia Brinkley

2. Hawaiian Coleslaw

Pineapple and mandarin oranges spiced up with a bit of ginger and nutmeg get tossed around with cabbage and mayo to make a perky, creamy slaw. Perfect for luau and tiki parties.

Hawaiian Coleslaw

Photo by Christina

3. Cucumber Slaw

Cucumbers and carrots supply the crunch, and sweet/sour apple cider vinegar keeps things light and zingy. Try it with a grilled steak to see how it balances out the richness of the meat.

Cucumber Slaw

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

4. Apple Jicama Coleslaw

Apples and jicama team up with cabbage to make a slaw with triple the crunch. Scoop it onto pulled pork sandwiches for an excellent balance of crisp, tender, sweet, and savory.

5. Thornehedge Peach Slaw

Use the season's best peaches in this slaw for a bowl of sweet, tangy, crunchy, juicy, deliciousness. How about some grilled pork chops to go with it?

Thornehedge Peach Slaw

Photo by Molly

6. Donna Leigh's Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Bagged broccoli salad, ramen noodles, and sunflower seeds are the big crunch factors in this creamy, tangy slaw. Try it as a colorful side dish for grilled chicken, and find more ways to turn broccoli slaw into quick dinners.

Donna Leigh's Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Photo by Cookin Up A Storm

7. Easy Apple Coleslaw

A little sweet, a little creamy, and a whole lot of mmmmmgood. This all-American slaw gets along beautifully with hot dogs, hamburgers, and really just about anything else. It's very diplomatic that way.

Easy Apple Coleslaw

Photo by Jillian Kuhlmann

8. Pickled Ginger Asian Pear Coleslaw

Hit up the Asian aisle of your market for the pickled ginger and miso paste you'll use in this exotic slaw. You'll love it with this grilled ginger-glazed salmon.

Pickled Ginger Asian Pear Coleslaw

Photo by Baking Nana

9. Chinese Cabbage Salad I

Make a big batch of this no-mayo slaw when you need a crowd-pleaser for your next summer potluck. You can sub crispy chow mein noodles for the ramen noodles if you wish. What to serve it with? Everything, including grilled shrimp kabobs.

Chinese Cabbage Salad I

Photo by jenniferlstout

10. Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw

With cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, and green onions in the mix, this colorful slaw is like a garden on a plate. Serve it with a big, messy plate of BBQ ribs to cut down on the guilt just a bit.

Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw

Photo by Occasional Cooker

11. Spicy Bok Choy Slaw

Can you handle this much heat? With two kinds of hot peppers in this slaw, the answer had better be yes. Of course, you can always dial down the peppers and just enjoy the crispy, crunchy, sweet/savory vibe of this Asian-style coleslaw. Even so, with flavor this big you'll want to pair it with something clean and fresh like grilled tuna or halibut to keep your mouth from getting overwhelmed.

Spicy Bok Choy Slaw

photo by marljong


Did You Know?

The word coleslaw comes from the Dutch koosla, which means cabbage salad. #foodtrivia


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