If you’re looking for a fresh dip that celebrates the best of cabbage (coleslaw) with a spicy kick, then this is the dip for you. I’ve been making Mexican Cabbage Salsa for years, and it just doesn’t get any better than this! Whether you’re serving it as a side on Taco Tuesday or just dunking chips into it, this salsa is always perfect! Serve for Cinco de Mayo with your favorite chips!

Mexican Cabbage Salsa

You can’t go wrong with a bowlful of freshly made cabbage salsa. It’s crunchy, spicy, and loaded with flavor. I make my famous Mexican Slaw Dip with fresh ingredients, and I’m certain once you’ve tried it this way, it’ll be your new favorite!

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Mexican Cabbage Salsa

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, we love this Mexican Cabbage Salsa served with our favorite chips! The ingredients are easy, and you can serve for an appetizer or a side salad! You won’t believe how simple the dressing is for this recipe!

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It’s a great recipe to bring to a potluck. Below we are sharingo our “how to plan a potluck” tips. We love to encourage people eating together, so between this recipe and my tips–you should be well on your way to inviting, cooking some great recipes, and enjoying eating together with family and friends.

mexican bowl of mexican slaw dip with fresh tomatoes

Why we love this recpe

  • It’s made with fresh ingredients and comes together quickly.
  • We’ve been making this recipe for years (it’s been on our blog since May 2018).
  • Great recipe for a dip, or make it as a salad for a taco garnish!
  • Always the first dip to be gobbled up at every party.
  • Double the recipe and serve on an epic taco board for Cinco de Mayo.

Ingredients for Mexican Slaw Dip Recipe:

  • Green cabbage
  • Tomatoes: we always use fresh Roma tomatoes
  • Green onion
  • White onion: we use sweet onion
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Cans of jalapenos: make sure they are drained
  • Olive oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
mexican slaw dip with tomatoes

How do you make Mexican Cabbage Salsa?

My Mexican Slaw Dip recipe is fabulous for this! It’s a dip, side dish, or can be used on top of any Mexican main dish. I love a versatile dish that everyone enjoys!

  1. Finely chop and toss all vegetables; mix together in a large bowl. Add the canned jalapenos, oil, rice vinegar, and seasoning; toss again. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Let stand 30 minutes and enjoy with tortilla chips, on top of an entree, or as a side salad.

How do you serve Mexican Cabbage Salsa?

We love this salsa served on steak, chicken, or fish. Or, try it with this Baja Shrimp Tacos recipe!

Or, of course, with any Mexican dish. We also love this served with tacos!

EASY Mexican Slaw Dip Recipe

Sharing food and potlucks

Sharing food is an important aspect of many get-togethers, and a potluck dinner party is one way to include all the guests who are coming. This means we invite them to participate in the menu. :)

Potluck parties have been around for a long time, and in our home, it’s been an easy way to entertain. They really relieve the stress of the cost of putting on an entire meal by yourself, which is why I think so many people choose to not entertain! I particularly love it when my guests bring a dish (yes, some of my friends are amazing cooks!)

How to plan a potluck

1. Set a theme. Mexican.

Mexican is always a safe, easy, healthy, and delicous menu (and theme) to plan.

2. Have guests commit to a course. Delegate.

When it’s your potluck party, write out the menu, then assign the dishes to your friends. That way you won’t end up with 3 pans of enchiladas, or 4 7-layered bean dips! Once the responses have come in, ask several friends to each bring a main course, salad, appetizer, or dessert. Someone will always change it up at the last minute, but having some idea of what to expect makes an actual meal with courses more likely.

3. Have backup dishes ready. Be prepared.

As the host, I find it easier to pull together the main course and have an extra pan of enchiladas ready, which helps bridge any gap in courses, or cover not having enough food at the last minute. I also like to prepare a dish, by doubling the recipe, that can be served as a dip or a side salad.

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Mexican Cabbage Salsa

This salsa will get better overnight as flavors meld, delicious for a dip or side salad, or served on top of an entree. Makes enough for a big party, 14-16 servings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 14
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  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, I used grape, coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bunches cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 4 oz. cans jalapenos, chopped, do not drain
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin


  • Finely chop and toss all vegetables; mix together in a large bowl. Add the canned jalapenos, oil, rice vinegar, and seasoning; toss again. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let stand 30 minutes and enjoy with tortilla chips, on top of an entree, or as a side salad.


Reposted from May 2018
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 37kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Sodium: 56mg, Potassium: 241mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 414IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg
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