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Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw from #coleslaw #spicy #pineapple 2wm

I made awesome coleslaw on Sunday. But before I get to that, let me tell you a little story about coleslaw. A lot of people (I’m mainly speaking of restaurants) make horrible tasting coleslaw. It’s almost as if they think that just throwing some shredded cabbage with some mayo or horrible coleslaw sauce is acceptable. Newsflash: It’s not. But there are a few that make phenomenal coleslaw. Just the right sweetness and tanginess make it awesome and some places just know how to do it right.

I make a pretty spectacular basic coleslaw, you can see that recipe here, but I wanted to make a sweeter, spicier coleslaw. A coleslaw experiment! I wanted to try to mimic the flavor that I had tasted in a few different coleslaws that I tried that I actually enjoyed. I suspected the flavor I tasted was pineapple and my suspicions were confirmed when I made the coleslaw I am sharing with you today, Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw.

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw from #coleslaw #spicy #pineapple wmSweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw

So this is the awesome coleslaw I made. Pineapple, Serrano Chilis and pineapple juice set this apart from your basic, everyday coleslaw. I made this to top Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos that I made on Sunday. I’ll be sharing that recipe with you later this week. It paired quite well with the tacos but it is also great as a side dish to compliment a variety of meals. I think it would go great with BBQ. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Slaw

Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Slaw

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 10oz back of angel hair shredded cabbage
  • 1 20oz can pineapple tidbits drained with 1 1/2 tbsp of juice reserved
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1/2 C mayo
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 serrano chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, vinegar, pineapple juice, sugar, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
  2. Stir on the pineapple and Serrano chili
  3. Mix in the cabbage
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour


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8 comments on “Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Slaw”

  1. I have never been a fan of coleslaw, for the exact reasons you mentioned :) I have to say, this looks pretty yummy!!!

  2. I love the idea of the spicy/sweet! I agree. What is it they can do to slaw that has an almost bitter taste? We should send this idea to every place that has a website if they serve coleslaw! Charge a dollar for the recipe. We could get rich! In the meantime, I’ll make it at home and skip it out. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Julie, you are totally right about coleslaw! Most of it is…forgettable. My mom makes the only one I like and this sounds AND looks like one that would be off the charts! Thanks for sharing, of course, pinning and have a happy evening!

  4. Julie that looks great!! Coleslaw can be so “meh” sometimes! Love this!

  5. Wow this sounds good. I would never have thought of this! :)

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  7. Looking forward to trying this the next time we have a grill party =)

  8. What a fun twist to regular slaw. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday! I’m featuring you this week.