Creamy 3-Ingredient Cilantro-Lime Slaw

published Jul 19, 2023
Creamy 3-Ingredient Cilantro-Lime Slaw Recipe

This creamy, BBQ-ready cilantro slaw can be made at a moment's notice, and does not skimp on flavor.

Serves4 to 6

Makesabout 5 cups

Prep5 minutes

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Cilantro lime slaw in bowl.
Credit: Kelli Foster

This creamy cilantro lime slaw is the ultimate summer side dish. With just three ingredients, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make at a moment’s notice. And, best of all, this crunchy slaw doesn’t skimp on flavor — it’s packed with a bright, fresh, and tangy flavor, and is wonderfully creamy without relying on mayo. 

The slaw works as a simple side dish you can pull together in just minutes for cookouts, potlucks, and picnics, or as a topping on tacos, sandwiches, and pulled pork

Ingredients Needed to Make 3-Ingredient Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • Bagged coleslaw mix. You’ll find this in the produce section, and depending on your grocery store, it comes in a 12- or 16-ounce bag. Both sizes work with this recipe. Some slaw mixes contain mostly red cabbage, and some are predominantly green — go with what you like best. Broccoli slaw also works here, if that’s more your speed.
  • Fresh cilantro. The perfect addition to brighten up store-bought slaw. Chopped fresh cilantro is mixed into the slaw, plus more is sprinkled over the top as a garnish. 
  • Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing and Marinade. This bottled dressing is light, creamy, packed with herbs, and brings a ton of flavor to this slaw.
Credit: Kelli Foster

How to Make Creamy Slaw Without Mayonnaise

Most creamy slaws call for mayo or sour cream to create the rich, creamy dressing — but not this one. Instead, this recipe relies on Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing and Marinade, a tangy, herb-packed light and creamy bottled dressing. It’s a smart shortcut strategy that packs this crunchy slaw with tons of flavor and just enough richness without coming close to being heavy.

You can use up the rest of the bottle on just about any green salad, mix it with shredded chicken for chicken salad, toss with pasta salad, drizzle over grilled veggies, and, of course, use as a marinade for any proteins.

Creamy 3-Ingredient Cilantro-Lime Slaw Recipe

This creamy, BBQ-ready cilantro slaw can be made at a moment's notice, and does not skimp on flavor.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes about 5 cups

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info



  1. Finely chop the leaves and tender stems from 1/2 medium bunch fresh cilantro until you have 1/4 cup, plus more for garnish if desired.

  2. Place the cilantro, 1 bag coleslaw mix, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine. Add 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing and toss again. Taste and season with more kosher salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with more cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.