This zesty coleslaw salad recipe is a type of coleslaw that is characterized by its tangy and bold flavor. The dressing used in this coleslaw typically includes ingredients like vinegar, mayonnaise, red and yellow peppers. These ingredients give the coleslaw a bright and zingy taste that pairs well with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, sandwiches, tacos, and burgers. It’s the perfect topping for fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches.
I love my coleslaw classic and creamy without additions like onions or peppers. My husband, on the other hand, loves this Zesty Coleslaw Salad Recipe with red and yellow bell peppers. I found this recipe years ago from one of my Taste of Home magazines and thought I’d try it out for a BBQ last summer, reserving a bowl of it for me before adding both the bell peppers or raw onion. I also added extra purple cabbage for color. Everyone was happy!
Zesty Coleslaw Salad Recipe
When you’re looking for a quick and easy salad, this recipe is it! It only gets better when allowed to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or even overnight before serving. This allows the dressing to really bloom, bringing out all the delicious flavors.
It’s a great recipe that also transports well, making it a great option for potlucks, picnics or BBQ’s.
Spring and summer salads like this Zesty Coleslaw Salad Recipe are also great for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July. Anytime you may be gathering for a family meal, give it a try.
How to Make Zesty Coleslaw with Peppers and Onions
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 2 packages (14oz. each) coleslaw mix
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 small chopped red bell pepper
- 1 small chopped yellow bell pepper
- optional - 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
- Whisk together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add coleslaw, peppers, purple cabbage. (add onion if desired)
- Toss to evenly coat
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
If you'd like to add more spice, experiment by adding one of the following.
- Tajin spice
- Cayenne pepper
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 159Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 8mgSodium 246mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 1g
We do our best to calculate, however, nutrition information may not be accurate.
Zesty Coleslaw for Pulled Pork
This zesty coleslaw recipe would be perfect for homemade pulled pork sandwiches. Whip up a batch of my Crockpot Sweet Pulled Pork, served with slaw on top and you’ve got yourself a delicious party meal! I like to use a slotted spoon for the salad when serving like this, so any extra dressing doesn’t get placed on my sandwich.
Coleslaw for Fish Tacos
We’ve also used this zesty coleslaw recipe with fish tacos. A great addition is adding a bit of chopped pineapple.
Whether you serve this salad alone or as a topping is up to you! Having a versatile salad in your recipe box is always good!