Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw

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This refreshingly bright and crunchy slaw is a great side dish to burgers or Sloppy Joe’s.

Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw

Inspired by Aida Mollencamp’s Cabbage & Carrot Herbed Slaw on Chowhound, this side is refreshingly bright and crunchy. It’s a healthier alternative to mayo-laden versions and a perfect accompaniment to burgers or Sloppy Joes. Make it at least an hour or up to a day ahead of time, as the flavor and texture improve as it sits. And to make life easy, go ahead and buy the cabbage and carrots already shredded — I do.

What you’ll need To Make Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw

how to make sweet & tangy slaw

To Make Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw

To begin, simply combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

how to make sweet & tangy slaw

Toss well.

how to make sweet & tangy slaw

Then cover the slaw and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight to allow the flavors to marry and the vegetables to soften. Serve cold and enjoy!

how to make sweet & tangy slaw

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Sweet & Tangy Citrus Slaw

This refreshingly bright and crunchy slaw is a great side dish to burgers or Sloppy Joe’s.

Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 6 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots, from 1 to 2 shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (parsley may be substituted)
  • Zest and juice from 1 orange (about 1 teaspoon zest and 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, from 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Stir well, then taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary (I sometimes add a bit more sugar or honey).

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 307 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Yummy slaw recipe! I added some grated ginger, a chopped jalapeño, a dash of coriander and cumin and … wow! I will use this recipe again! Thank you Jenn!

    • — Lori on October 6, 2019
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  • Hi Jennifer, I made this salad a couple of weeks ago. I just finished eating it yesterday, and it was still crunchy!
    The couple of changes I made were, I used white basalmic vinegar ro taste to give it a little more kick, and I added more sugar to offset the vinegar.
    It was wonderful. I ate it with habernaro chicken sausages, fish tacos, everything I could think of.
    I will definitely be making it again, and it stays good so long that I can almost keep it as a condiment!
    Thanks for this excellent recipe and all your hard work!

    • — Mary Glassman on July 25, 2019
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  • I loved the bright red and orange colors of this slaw, as well as the crunch, but was disappointed in the underwhelming flavor. I did not find it tangy, as titled. The lemon and lime seemed to get lost, especially the lime. I’m made several excellent salads from this site, but have to agree with a few of the other reviews that this one is a bit bland.

    • — Sadie on June 24, 2019
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  • I made this in addition to your Sloppy Joe recipe and my family loved it! Loved the flavors and zing! Thank you!

    • — Jonnette on April 12, 2019
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  • I made this along with the Sloppy Joe recipe. I was super optimistic about this recipe with the citrus dressing. I followed the recipe to the T and unfotunately I found the flavors to be flat. Like flat flat. I was hoping for some tang and zest. I sprinkled leftovers the next day with some apple cider vinegar and that added a little more flavor but it still didn’t resonate with me. I also think this could be very tasty with some type of fruit in the salad as well.

    • — Katrina on February 4, 2019
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  • I made this today, and it is unbelievably delicious! The orange and lime give it a great citrusy flavor that is not too overwhelming, and the cilantro and garlic provide wonderful depth of flavor. It’s also very healthful and fits in well with my vegetarian diet. Alterations: I did not have any shallots on hand, so I used red onion instead. I also added 2 tsp of cumin.

    • — Jane T. on January 4, 2019
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  • Jenn, I love your recipes! I feed 15 adults from my church weekly, and I showcase your recipes every single time. In this case, I am looking for freeze-able sides. Do you think this one would freeze?

    • — Amanda Woodiel on November 15, 2018
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    • Hi Amanda, how nice that you do that weekly (and thanks for using my recipes)! It’s never occurred to me that this could be frozen, but looking at the recipe, I don’t see why not. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 15, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, This may be a dumb question but can you make the filling a day ahead and then reheat the following day? I will be out all of one day with company and would love to just reheat the filling when we get back home. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!!

    • — Hannah on July 1, 2018
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    • Hi Hannah, Which recipe are you referring to?

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2018
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  • A light, very flavorful slaw. It’s pretty too. Everyone loved it, even the veggie-averse.

    • — Elena on June 28, 2018
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  • This recipe is wonderful. Super simple and easy.. I always add a bit extra garlic and a little zest. Tweak it to your liking and I’m sure it will still be wonderful!

    • — Julia on March 7, 2018
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  • This is one delicious salad! It’s crunchy and so pretty to look at. The colors are gorgeous. Always a hit wherever I make it.

    • — Patsy on March 2, 2018
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  • Just the way I like my slaw…tangy and low fat. It was a big hit even with the grandkids.

    • — Anne Wilson on March 1, 2018
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  • I made this salad with what I had on hand. I substituted tangerines for the oranges and green onions for the parsley. I love the bright colors of this salad and the taste is fresh and delicious.

    • — Rasa on December 20, 2017
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  • I was thinking of adding cranberries and/or nuts. What would you recommend?

    • — Karen on December 2, 2017
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    • Hi Karen, I think that’d work well. I’d love to know how it turns out if you try it. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 2, 2017
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    • I added some chopped peanuts before serving and I thought it was delicious!

      • — carol on April 15, 2018
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  • I loved the bright colors and convenience of the preshredded red cabbage and carrots. However, I probably wouldn’t spend that much money on the dressing again, too bland for our taste. Would add my favorite store bought dressing, maybe poppyseed? But, I love trying your recipes!

  • When I first saw this recipe, I was skeptical about the flavor, but since I was preparing the sloppy joes, I decided to give it a try. Wow!! The flavor is really fresh and good. Once again, Jennifer, you are a rock star.

  • This was so delicious. I followed the directions exactly. Thanks!!

  • Hi- any other oils possible to use instead of veg oil? Thanks- love all your recipes.

    • Sure, Jill – any neutral tasting oil will work.

  • I used a little less than a level tablespoon of demerara sugar and found the flavor still with a pleasant amount of tang but extra flavor depth with the demerara sugar.

  • This salad looks really good and different with the shallots, cabbage, carrots, orange juice, etc. Just a little different, but so pretty.

  • Love this site! Always have wonderful results using your recipes! I think we also have a mutual friend, Susan Levings😍

    • Yes, I love Susan…and just saw her this past weekend!

  • What a great alternative to the mayo glop. This is with a refreshing tang.

  • Can sugar sub. be substituted to lower carbs?

    • Sure, Kathy. The original recipe actually didn’t call for sugar but I found it too tart. You might just add it to taste.

    • I used Stevia and it worked fine!

      • I added shaved beets and it made the salad even more colorful and the flavors brighter.

        • — Meg on February 1, 2018
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