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Southwestern Slaw

It’s really funny how recipes come about sometimes. Like this slaw for instance. It was totally inspired after a conversation with my friend Allison on the sidelines of our boys’ basketball game. Now of course we were watching the game…but for some reason…food always seems to take over sneak into our conversations. You may remember Allison from our trip to Napa last fall…as a matter of fact, she’s popped up quite often around here.

Southwestern Slaw

I love a good fresh, crunchy cole slaw.  I know some people turn their nose up at slaw, but I think if it’s made right, with fresh veggies and just the right dressing, then it is totally delicious.  I took a short cut with this slaw by starting out with a bag of Fresh Express 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw mix, which always looks the best to me. You could always go all out and shred your own cabbage, but if you are in a pinch for time and looking for something easier then a bag of this will definitely work. I added in some extras to make it a little more special…shredded carrots, red bell pepper, grilled corn, green onions and cilantro.

Don’t you just love all the color?

Southwestern Slaw

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Southwestern Slaw


  • 1 bag of shredded slaw mix
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced very thin and cut in smaller pieces
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2-3 ears grilled corn (kernels sliced off) or 1/2 cup frozen corn (cooked)
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup chipotle or spicy ranch (I used Marie's Chipotle Ranch)
  • 2 tablespoons mayo (I used reduced fat)
  • a few splashes apple cider vinegar
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. In large bowl combine ranch dressing, mayo, vinegar and black pepper. Taste for seasoning. Add vegetables (minus cilantro) and toss until fully dressed. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled. Toss in cilantro right before serving.

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31 comments on “Southwestern Slaw”

  1. I LOVE slaw! But the dressing must be just right! I like either no mayo or just a hint. Yours looks fabulous- so colorful! The corn is an awesome addition 🙂 And I like the new look too! I’ve been MIA for a week but will finally have a post up tomorrow. Hope you’re doing well 🙂

  2. This looks really good Aggie. I’ve been looking for a slaw recipe for a while now. I’m going to try this one out for my sons birthday party! Looks delicious!!

  3. Now this is one mighty fine lookin slaw. Love all the different texture and flavors you have going on in here.

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  5. I can do slaw if it’s really, really, really light on the mayo. Not a mayo fan!

  6. I can’t believe how amazing bagged shredded cabbage is! This slaw sounds totally fabulous! I love the color. Fabulous photos too!!!

  7. Love it. I love those bags of shredded cabbage – I’ve made a few different types of slaw myself from them. So convenient, and delicious!

  8. Oh yeah babe! Love me some kicked up slaw! The cilantro and spicy ranch are great!

  9. Wow! Great combination of ‘crunch’ and I love the spin on the slaw dressing! I am bookmarking this recipe for my first grilled chicken of the season … right now, we have three plus feet of snow on the ground, but someday that grill will come back out of the garage! Have a great weekend, dearie!

  10. Looks like a great slaw with a little kick!

  11. Looks delicious Aggie!! Sending a big Hug your way, my great friend!!!

  12. Great one. I will definitely try this

  13. Oh I just love your new space! This looks awesome!!!! So happy for you. Thank you so very much for linking to Saturday Swap with this amazing recipe creation. It makes me think of warmer weather and cookouts. Can’t wait to try it. Have a wonderful weekend Friend!!

  14. This slaw is so colorful, just beautiful and sounds delicious. I love the use of that Marie’s dressing. I use those dressings often but have never tried that one. I now have an excuse to do so.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  15. This looks delicious, love your site design!!

  16. What a colorful bowl of slaw. I like the spicy dressing you used. You know I love your new site. Looks awesome!

  17. This looks delicious!! The make-over looks great too!

  18. slaw is such a great Southern American tradition and so many varieties make it great for burgers, sandwiches and on its own… and isn’t it great how food always sneaks into conversations! 🙂

  19. For the first 42 years of my life I turned my nose up and any and all slaws. I had one when I was little that was soggy and dripping with a mayo-like dressing and it was horrific. However!! I’ve recently discovered some like this one, zesty flavors and no drippy mess. My husband will love the flavors in this one. Printed and ready to go! Thanks!

  20. This is so pretty, Aggie and I love that you added the smoky flavor of grilled corn to this.

  21. I’m a slaw fancier from WAY back and love the colorful combination of ingredients you’ve used in this one. Adding the spicy kick of chipotle and the crunch of fresh corn are inspired ideas!

  22. It is a beautiful color! I love a good slaw! It is a humble and highly underrated dish – but here it shines! Love it!

  23. Amazing looking slaw. A must try at our house.

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  24. Love me a good slaw! Beautiful pic!

  25. this looks amazing. Going to save it and make it for sure!

  26. Found your blog through my sister’s (The MerryGourmet). I made the southwestern slaw for a picnic and it was such a huge hit that my family asked for it again the next day! It was delicious!

  27. I got a bag of cole slaw from our local food co-op and it literally stared at me in the fridge for a couple of weeks before I threw it away. I just have never had a cole slaw that I really enjoyed but this looks fabulous. Wish I had this recipe a few weeks ago 🙂

  28. I just happened to come across your blog and this recipe. I make a very similar green salad (including using Marie’s Chipotle Ranch), but I also add one can of drained and rinsed black beans and about a cup of diced jicama. (Shredded jicama would work better in the slaw). I also top my salad with some Fresh Gourmet tortilla strips (if I don’t have time to make homemade ones). I am looking forward to tweaking my green salad to a slaw. It sure looks tasty!

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  30. Really awesome slaw. A must try at home. Mouth watering.