Cucumber Cabbage Slaw

cucumber cabbage slaw recipe

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This cucumber cabbage slaw is tangy, sweet, and just a little spicy. It’s the perfect accompaniment to tacos, grilled chicken, or piled on a burrito bowl.

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How to make cucumber cabbage slaw:

This cucumber cabbage slaw is beyond easy to make. Whether you pile it on tacos or serve it as a side at the next barbecue, you’ll love how delicious this slaw is. This recipe is a riff on a grapefruit cucumber salad recipe I shared in my most recent meal plan. I’m partial to grapefruit in the dressing, but you can use three limes instead!

You only need a few ingredients, including:

  • Shredded red cabbage: I use bagged cabbage to save time, but feel free to shred up half of a small head of red cabbage.
  • Cucumber: I use an English cucumber, but this will work with any cucumber. Two small Persian cucumbers would also be delicious.
  • Jalapeño, red onion, and cilantro: These aromatics give the slaw a nice herby, spicy zing.
  • Dressing: The dressing is made with grapefruit, mayonnaise, sugar, a little chili powder, and salt.

Here’s how you make it:

Prep all the veggies first. Whisk together all the slaw dressing ingredients in a large bowl, and then throw everything together in a bowl. Throw it in the fridge for about an hour, and then serve it up! It’s that simple and so tasty!

cucumber cabbage slaw
cucumber cabbage slaw

Cucumber Cabbage Slaw

This cucumber cabbage slaw is tangy, sweet, and just a little spicy. It's the perfect accompaniment to tacos, grilled chicken, or piled on a burrito bowl.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 69kcal


  • 10 ounces shredded red cabbage
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeño, peeled and minced
  • cup loosely packed cilantro, minced
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 grapefruit, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste


Start the slaw:

  • Gather the cabbage, cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, and red onion in a large bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and set aside.

Make the dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, grapefruit juice, sugar, chili powder, and a big pinch of salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Finish the slaw:

  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your preference. Transfer to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

To serve:

  • Serve the slaw cold over tacos or burrito bowls or enjoy as a side dish to barbecue chicken.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 21mg
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