Chris HowardComment

Zesty Green Cabbage Slaw

Chris HowardComment
Zesty Green Cabbage Slaw

Zesty Green Cabbage Slaw

Total time: 70 minutes (60 minutes inactive)

Instagram Follower #134: You cook with too much cabbage.

Lanyap Cookery: Too much?

IG Follower #134: Yeah, 12 posts, three featuring cabbage.

Lanyap: But none with green cabbage!

IG Follower #134: But two slaws now? 2muchslaw+2muchcabbage=4gotten

Lanyap: But only one green cabbage slaw!

The above is obviously not real and ridiculous. As of this post there are only 112 Instagram followers so there is no way I have ever had that exchange...


  • As a side to go along with your Double Patty Smashburgers
  • As a side with just about anything
  • My household of two usually eats it all within 24 hours, therefore this slaw is also good as a snack


  • 1 head green cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into quarter moons
  • 2 generous pinches of kosher salt
  • handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonaisse
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cholula (or your favorite hot sauce)

Mise en place

(Set yourself up for success before you start cooking)

  • Rinse and dry the lime
  • Rinse and dry the cilantro


Step 1

Remove the outermost layer of cabbage. Now cut the cabbage in half through the core. Then cut each half in half through the core. Now you have quartered the cabbage. 

Step 2

Cut two of the quarters into thin ribbons and place the cabbage in a large bowl. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and give the bowl a gentle shake. Slice the rest of the cabbage and add it to the bowl along with the sliced red onion and another pinch of salt. Mix the onion with the cabbage and set a timer for 30 minutes. Let the cabbage sit on the counter. 

Step 3

When your timer goes off it is time to remove the excess moisture from the cabbage. To do this, line a bowl that is big enough to fit the cabbage with paper towers. Transfer the cabbage to the paper towel lined bowl. Press down on the cabbage with a additional paper towels to absorb the water that we release by salting the cabbage. 

Step 4

Wipe the original bowl dry. Now we will go ahead and make the dressing. Add the mayo to the original bowl. Zest the lime and add the zest to the bowl. Then cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Add the hot sauce and mix well with a fork or a whisk. Now taste the dressing. Is the heat good? Do you want it hotter? Now is the time to make that decision. 

Step 5

Roughly chop the cilantro and add it the bowl along with half of the cabbage. Mix well. I prefer to use tongs for this step. Add the remaining cabbage and mix well. Let the slaw sit on the countertop for another 30 minutes and enjoy. 

If you are making the slaw in advance you can go ahead and just stick it directly in the refrigerator after mixing. Either cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the slaw to a larger container.