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Hot Pink Coconut Slaw

Hot Pink Coconut Slaw

What the heck do you call such a colorful side? Colorful coconut coleslaw? More specifically, hot pink coconut coleslaw? Radical coconut slaw? I don’t know, but coconut slaw doesn’t do it justice. I do know that if you are a coconut fan, you should make this as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did!

This whatever-you-call-it slaw was roughly inspired by some coconut tostadas I enjoyed at Hola Arepa in Minneapolis this summer. (I say roughly mostly because the original version was much prettier.)

I already went on about how amazing they were, but everything at that restaurant is amazing. I would eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there if I could. I would apprentice there to learn all of their secrets if I could.

Anyway, Hola Arepa topped tostadas with poblano-avocado spread and a “ceviche” made with fresh strips of coconut meat marinated in lime. I don’t know where to buy fresh coconuts, and even if I did, I’m fairly certain I would lose a finger trying to slice it.

I used big, dried, unsweetened coconut flakes instead. Given that I had to stop myself from inhaling this giant bowl of coleslaw in one sitting, I’d say that it worked.

This antioxidant-rich coconut slaw is fantastic as a side as is, so I decided to present it as such. It’s also awesome with guacamole or strips of fresh avocado—try that on a taco or chips or tostada.

It also plays surprising well with black beans, the creamy cashew sour cream in Love Real Food, and with feta. Just keep in mind that the 20-minute marinating time is absolutely necessary. As always, please let me know how you like it!

Hot Pink Coconut Slaw

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  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side

This hot pink slaw is totally irresistible, thanks to—surprise—coconut! If you like coconut, you’re going to love this nutrient-dense coleslaw/side salad. Recipe yields 6 side servings (about 1 cup each).



  • ¼ cup lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small-to-medium red onion, thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage (about ½ medium cabbage)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes (about 5 large) or shredded carrots
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes or ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, honey and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  2. Set aside for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally. It will seem like you don’t have nearly enough liquid, but be patient—the produce will release liquid as it marinates.
  3. Taste, and add additional salt if necessary (I usually add another ¼ teaspoon). This salad is best served between 20 minutes to 3 hours after preparing, but it will keep for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge.


Recipe inspired by Hola Arepa in Minneapolis.

Make it vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey.

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