No – Mayo Summer Coleslaw

Ok, I’m now obsessed with coleslaw!  With the summer finally here and lots of holidays and celebrations ahead, I love finding easy and healthy salads that you can share with family and friends at big gatherings.  Let’s get rid of that mayo and go for a refreshing burst of lime!

No-Mayo Summer Coleslaw | Simply Fresh Dinners

I had some cabbage and radishes left over from my last slaw recipe and didn’t want them to go to waste so it was time to mix it up a little.

I always have a few peppers in the house and if there are leftovers I cut them into strips and freeze.  These little guys freeze exceptionally well so it’s very handy to be able to pull out a few strips whenever you need them.

Make this extra fun with some sesame or sunflower seeds, carrots or parmesan cheese.  So much you can do to make this your own signature dish!

No-Mayo Coleslaw | Simply Fresh Dinners

It’s always nice to have a colourful, crunchy dish on the table and the kids won’t object to this beside their hotdogs.  What’s your favourite food to take to a cookout?  Share with me on IG or Facebook and I’ll post it!  Cheers!

No – Mayo Summer Coleslaw
Recipe Type: Salad
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This healthy slaw includes colorful cabbage and lots of crunch with radishes and sweet bell peppers. Make this your own with some sesame seeds or parmesan cheese. The lime makes this so refreshing!
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced thinly (I used both purple and green)
  • 4 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red sweet bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup orange sweet bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONS – parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, shredded carrots
  1. Combine cabbage, radishes, onions, peppers and parsley in medium sized bowl.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and mix ONLY HALF of the dressing with the salad. Let stand for 10 minutes. Taste to determine if you need to add additional dressing.
  3. Top with cheese and seeds if desired.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Cole slaw is so good and this one is so crunchy and bright!!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    June 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Mmmm…delicious combination! I’m always obsessed with slaw, but the mayo version is NO BUENO. This looks MUCH better! It’s so healthy, fresh, and would be perfect alongside a piece of grilled salmon! 🙂
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      June 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks, Blair! And yes, I hadn’t thought of it with salmon. I am planning some salmon tacos so I think this might be the topping. I am crushing on your peach melba flavours!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I could be obsessed with this beautiful slaw! The color is fantastic and I bet the lime is refreshing – great recipe!
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    Chris Scheuer
    June 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Love all the vibrant color in this slaw! It’s got lots of crunch power!
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    June 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    LOVE the colorful crunch of this salad, I want to put it on fish tacos 🙂
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I love coleslaw for that great crunch, too and I’m loving your no-mayo version. My husband especially would love it. He’s never been a fan of mayo in coleslaw. I’ll surprise him with it!
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      June 22, 2016 at 8:35 am

      I think men tend to go for coleslaw because they have some kind of natural aversion to lettuce! All the men I know prefer the crunchy of cabbage – odd. Hope it’s a hit, Jennifer 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    June 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    GOOD MORNING! Wow, am I late to this picnic, but it’s SUMMER……picnics last forever in my book! Oh Robyn, this is the perfect recipe; my husband is mad for coleslaw, and since I don’t like mayo (I HATE THE STUFF), I never got into it. However, he’s been hooked on the coleslaw he can get at Whole Foods (do you have them there?) and this resembles their recipe! I love the idea of putting sesame seeds or sunflower seeds for that crunch factor! YES! Gosh, your recipes are always accessible. There is another food blogger I follow for sweet treats, (Sugar et at) and the BOTH of you offer such versatile recipes but with made with simple ingredients that can be found in your pantry or fridge. CHEERS to you my dear friend!

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      June 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

      LOL, I can see you’re enjoying your time off, Anita – that’s fabulous! I’m not a fan of mayo either so I’m always looking for alternatives. A lot of times Greek yogurt does the trick but I wanted some fresh lime in this. Enjoy this – I have a feeling you’ll be creating something special! Have a beautiful day, lovely friend!

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    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    June 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Totally refreshing for summer! Will definitely try soon to pair with some grilled goodies.

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Although I like mayo-based coleslaw, I’m really happier with a vinaigrette-based one. This looks wonderful! Love all the peppers — they add great flavor and color. And I’ll never say no to radishes!
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    June 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Another great salad, full of lovely veggies and no mayo. That is totally different, but I know the sauce sounds so good. It is wonderful how to come up with so many different options. hope your summer is going well. Stay cool my sweet friend. lots of love from W.W.
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    June 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Robyn, this slaw looks so fresh and colorful. You can tell it is soooo delicious looking at your beautiful pics. Very, very nice!!!
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    June 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Bring on as much slaw as you can, Robyn! I love slaw – crunchy and cool – perfect for summer. Have a great weekend.
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      June 27, 2016 at 8:30 am

      I’m a big fan too, Geraldine, and I love that the healthier versions are catching on. So easy, too. Thanks for popping by!

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    June 27, 2016 at 8:44 am

    HI Robyn,
    Looks like a winner to me. Great for summertime heat and picnics. I love the all the fresh vegetables and the colorful ingredients. The dressing sounds delicious with the zesty lime flavor. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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    June 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    This look amazing and I am going to make this for sure.

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