In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Caribbean Style Coleslaw Recipe.

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If you’re concerned about the supposed heat or spiciness of Caribbean food, know that you can always adjust the amount of pepper and spices you use to your personal liking. Additionally, as we see with classic Jamaican jerk, you can always go with a pairing which compliment the dish and bring in that sort of cooling effect. This Caribbean style coleslaw is just that. A slight kick from the minced scotch bonnet and mustard powder, but the creaminess from the mayo-combo and the fruity flavors of the mango and pineapple will give you a delightful finish.


You’ll Need…

4-5 cups shredded cabbage
3/4 cup purple cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup diced pineapple
1 cup mango (sliced thin)
3 tablespoon diced red onion
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper diced finely (no seeds)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt


1 cup miracle whip (or mayo)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
3 tablespoon pineapple juice (or vinegar)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 lemon (juice)


Note: Please remember to wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling scotch bonnet peppers. I used Miracle Whip instead of traditional Mayo as I enjoy the tangy flavor of the whip, but you can use your fav mayo. IMPORTANT – this recipe is posted under vegetarian, so do keep in mind that you’ll need to use a vegetarian substitute for the mayo. it is also posted under gluten free, so do make sure you go through the ingredient list to verify that all the ingredients listed are ok with your gluten free diet (especially the Mayo)


There are two steps to the recipe. Step 1 is to prepare the fruits and vegetables and Step 2 is basically making the dressing and mixing everything together.

For a bit of texture I grate 1/2 the amount of cabbage, then using my chefs knife I shred the rest of it. It’s also important to finely dice the onion so you never get a large piece of onion while dining.. can be a bit overpowering.

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Mix all the ingredients mentioned above for the dressing in a bowl (I like using a whisk for this step) and set aside. Then in a large bowl, place the shredded cabbage.. you’ll notice that I used a bit of purple cabbage as well. Don’t add too much of the purple cabbage as it will discolor the entire coleslaw as you mix everything together. Add all the other ingredients, top with the salt and mix in the dressing we made. Give everything a good mix and set in the fridge to chill a bit before serving.

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Remember to store in a cool place (cooler with ice) if you’re taking this to a picnic this summer as the dressing can go bad with excessive heat. If you have it in the fridge for a few hours you will need to give it a good mix before serving as you’ll find what looks like water on the surface (that’s normal).

With the brilliant flavors of the diced mango and pineapple you’ll find that this is not your basic coleslaw and I encourage you to use other fruits you like… apple, peach.. be creative.

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  1. shelby Moore
    March 14, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    looks yummy im going to make it next week for my bufffet line!

  2. Lindsay
    March 26, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Pineapples and mango????? My new secret ingredients.

  3. viviana Pinard
    February 4, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I was introduced to your site by my daughter and am really impressed as it is all West Indian recipes which I love since am Dominica(Commonwealth of Dominica). This dressing I will really try it looks yummy, thanks a lot. I have done one of your chicken recipes and it tasted finger licking.

  4. Elma
    August 8, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    That looks soooo good. Gonna try it for a picnic I’m going to later this month. Can’t wait!

  5. May 18, 2014 / 5:24 am

    Tried it and loved it.
    In place of the scotch bonnet I used a bit of Matouks hot sauce.

  6. Bajan Steve
    May 15, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Chris!!…Making this now, with a Mount Gay & coke and listening to Red Plastic Bag on the stereo…looking great.

  7. chrissy
    May 15, 2014 / 9:02 am

    definitely going to try this it looks delicious

  8. Denise Gregory
    May 12, 2014 / 10:24 am

    This looks & sounds like a really refreshing coleslaw. Definitely going to try this one. Thanks Chris. You’re recipes are the best.

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