Cucumber Jalapeño Cabbage Slaw | Ambitious Kitchen

Remember my famous Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever recipe? The one made without ANY mayo that’s perfect served with all of your fav summer grilling recipes? Well, this beauty is the coleslaw’s *spicy*, fancy, extra special twin that I couldn’t stop eating straight from the bowl.

Summer is all about packing in beautiful, fresh produce at every meal, and this super fresh, hella crunchy cucumber jalapeño cabbage slaw is the best way to do that. All of these gorgeous veggies get tossed in a light dressing that adds a little sweetness to every bite, and then BOOM you’re ready to top burgers, sandwiches (hint: new recipe coming in a few days), proteins, or just to eat it by the forkful.

I know you’ll be making this one again and again all season long. Whip it up this weekend for your dinner or BBQ and enjoy!

Ingredients in this cucumber jalapeño cabbage slaw

We’re packing in tons of freshness with a rainbow of crunchy veggies, then tossing them in a simple, flavorful dressing. There’s NO mayo involved (or needed) to make the best slaw ever! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Produce: get tons of crunch from shredded cabbage, Persian cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, scallions, and jalapeño.
  • For the dressing: instead of traditional mayo, we’re whisking together a dressing made with lime juice, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, a little honey, garlic, salt, and pepper.

dressing for a cucumber slaw in a bowl with a small whisk

Easy ingredient swaps

This cucumber cabbage slaw is easy to customize with ingredients you might already have on hand. Here’s what I can recommend for swapping:

  • For the veggies: feel free to add more of one veggie and less of another depending on what you like and what you have! For example, if you’re out of carrots you can easily replace the amount with more shredded cabbage, etc.
  • For the sesame oil: I love the rich flavor that toasted sesame oil adds to the dressing, but you can also use olive oil.
  • For the rice vinegar: a little rice vinegar adds sweetness and acidity to the slaw, but you can use apple cider vinegar instead.

cucumber jalapeño slaw unmixed in a large bowl

Can I make it vegan?

Yes! As-is, this slaw is not vegan because of the honey, but you can easily swap it for a little sugar or maple syrup instead to make the recipe vegan.

pouring dressing into a bowl of cucumber cabbage slaw

Beautiful cucumber jalapeño slaw in 3 easy steps

  1. Toss the veggies. Add all of your shredded and sliced produce to a large bowl and toss well to mix them up.
  2. Make the dressing. In another small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  3. Mix the slaw. Pour the dressing over the veggies, toss to combine, then serve!

tossing together a cucumber jalapeño slaw

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healthy cucumber jalapeño cabbage slaw in a bowl

Storing tips

This particular cucumber jalapeño slaw is best when enjoyed the day of because the cucumber tends to break down over time. If you know you’re not going to use it all, I recommend making it ahead of time, leaving the cucumber out, and storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay good for up to 5 days, and you can toss in the sliced cucumber when you’re ready to serve it.

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I hope you love this cucumber jalapeño cilantro cabbage slaw! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

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Cucumber Jalapeño Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

cucumber jalapeño cabbage slaw in a mixing bowl

Prep Time 15 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Serves4 servings

Crunchy, fresh cucumber jalapeño cabbage slaw packed with vegetables and sweetened with a little rice wine vinegar and honey. This easy cucumber slaw has a kick of heat and is packed with delicious bright, delicious flavor! Enjoy it as a side dish or top sandwiches, burgers, and your favorite proteins.


  • 2 ½ to 3 cups shredded cabbage (a mix of red and green is great!)
  • 1 heaping cup julienned persian cucumbers (from 2 persian cucumbers)
  • ½ cup julienned carrots
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced (seeds removed if desired)
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar works too!)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (or sub olive oil)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large bowl, add the cabbage, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, scallions and jalapeno. Toss with tongs to combine.

  • In a small bowl, add the lime juice, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey and garlic. Whisk together until well combined.

  • Pour the dressing all over the veggies and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately. Salad is best the day it is made.

Recipe Notes

To make vegan: simply swap the honey for sugar or maple syrup.


Serving: 1serving (based on 4)Calories: 71calCarbohydrates: 10.1gProtein: 1.3gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 6.2g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats


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