Mango Slaw

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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Mango slaw is an easy side dish that you can throw together in no time! The ultimate mix of sweet and spicy, it’s perfectly creamy and oh so refreshing with lots of fresh mango flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Mango Slaw Recipe

This sweet and spicy side dish is an easy to make crowd pleaser.

  • Quick and Easy: It doesn’t get any easier, just combine the ingredients and it is ready to go. The hardest part is cutting the mangos!
  • Lots of Texture: The crunchy cabbage and the juicy mango make the perfect texture for this slaw.
  • Sweet, Spicy & Creamy: This coleslaw is perfectly balanced with bites of sweet mango, tangy red onion and spicy sriracha all combined in the creamy sauce.
  • Versatile: Use this mango slaw for fish tacos, on top of pulled pork sandwiches or served as a fresh bbq side dish!

Love easy side dishes made with fresh mangos? Try my mango salsa or refreshing mango salad! You may also consider whipping up a batch of frozen mango margaritas or a mangonada!

Ingredients for mango slaw recipe arranged in bowls. From top to bottom: mango, coleslaw mix, red onion, mayo, cabbage, greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, salt and sriracha hot sauce.

What You’ll Need

These fresh ingredients are key to the bright, spicy, and sweet flavors in this mango slaw recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for exact amounts.

  • Plain Greek Yogurt: Sour cream or extra mayo will also work.
  • Mayonnaise: If you want to keep it extra light, use all greek yogurt or a combo of sour cream and yogurt.
  • Sriracha: For the perfect kick of heat!
  • Lime Juice: Fresh lime juice is best, but bottled will work in a pinch.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Coleslaw Mix: Using a premade coleslaw mix with green cabbage will save you time.
  • Cabbage: An extra cup of purple cabbage, or red cabbage, will add a lot of color.
  • Mangoes: Make sure they are just ripe.
  • Cilantro: If fresh cilantro doesn’t taste good to you, omit it!
  • Red Onion: Adds a great savory bite. Can use shallots instead.
Mango slaw in a white bowl.

Tips For Choosing Ripe Mangoes

I love mangoes! Sometimes all they have are really firm, unripe or overripe mangoes. If you’re planning on making this slaw on shopping day, you won’t have time to wait for that mango to ripen.

To pick a perfectly ripe mango, give it a gentle squeeze. A ripe mango will yield a little bit. A not quite ripe mango will be hard and won’t give at all.

How To Make Mango Slaw

This super easy recipe takes just ten minutes to make. It’s just a matter of chopping up your ingredients and combining everything together! Scroll to the recipe card at bottom of the post for full detailed instructions. 

  • Make the dressing: Whisk to combine the mayo, yogurt, lime juice and Sriracha in a small bowl.
  • Combine the rest: Mix the coleslaw, cabbage, mango, onion, and cilantro.
  • Add the dressing: Toss the sauce and fresh ingredients together, until well combined.
  • Enjoy: Serve immediately.

Cook’s Tips & Variations

This mango slaw is perfect as it is, but you can make it your own with a few tweaks. Use my tips below for a foolproof batch!

  • No Cilantro? Some folks don’t like cilantro. I’m not one of them but if you are, try subbing parsley or even green onions in place of cilantro.
  • Add Jicama: Mango and jicama are a great pairing. Feel free to cut up a fresh jicama and add it to the slaw for an extra juicy and crisp bite.
  • Veggie Slaws: Grocery stores have been carrying more and more types of slaw. You could try this with a bag of broccoli slaw or rainbow slaw and it would still be just as good!
  • Extra Spicy: If you want to add more heat, try adding a sliced jalapeño or Serrano peppers.
  • Thin Slices: No one wants a big chunk of red onion. Slice your veggies into thin, even slices for the best bite.
A closeup forkful of crunchy Mango Slaw

Ways To Use Mango Slaw

I love this slaw as a refreshing side dish to just about any barbecue dish or seafood dish, yum! Here are some tasty pairing ideas:

Two bowls of Mango Slaw topped with cilantro in white bowls.

How To Store

This slaw is best used right away. The longer it sits, the soggier it will become.

  • Store: Keep slaw in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Drain any excess juice before serving and then give it a good stir.
  • Make Ahead: I like my coleslaw cool and crispy! If you want to prep the salad ahead, store the fresh slaw ingredients and the dressing separately in the fridge. When it’s time to enjoy, quickly mix them together.
Mango slaw in a white bowl.
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Yield: 8 servings

Mango Slaw Recipe

This Mango Slaw is a great side dish/salad that you can throw together in no time! With chopped mango and a little Sriracha, it's the ultimate mix of sweet and spicy.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons light mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more depending on your spice level
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (16 oz) package coleslaw mix
  • 1 heaping cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 mangos, peeled and finely chopped

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together greek yogurt, mayo, Sriracha, lime juice and kosher salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss together coleslaw mix, purple cabbage, cilantro, red onion and mango.
  • When ready to serve, toss coleslaw mix with dressing until evenly coated. Serve immediately!

Notes

Store: Keep slaw in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Drain any excess juice before serving and then give it a good stir.
Make Ahead: I like my coleslaw cool and crispy! If you want to prep the salad ahead, store the fresh slaw ingredients and the dressing separately in the fridge. When it’s time to enjoy, quickly mix them together.
No Cilantro? Some folks don’t like cilantro. I’m not one of them but if you are, try subbing parsley or even green onions in place of cilantro.
Add Jicama: Mango and jicama are a great pairing. Feel free to cut up a fresh jicama and add it to the slaw for an extra juicy and crisp bite.
Veggie Slaws: Grocery stores have been carrying more and more types of slaw. You could try this with a bag of broccoli slaw or rainbow slaw and it would still be just as good!
Extra Spicy: If you want to add more heat, try adding a sliced jalapeño or Serrano pepper.
Thin Slices: No one wants a big chunk of red onion. Slice your veggies into thin, even slices for the best bite.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving, Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 219mg, Potassium: 258mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 888IU, Vitamin C: 52mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg

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The colors in this slaw are gorgeous.. Love the flavor!

This sounds great. I will be trying it real soon. Going camping later this week so I will prep what I can before we go. Maybe good with Fish Tacos, now we need to catch some fish. Usually not a problem….lol

I was blonde for a while, and I miss it a lot. It’s nearly impossible to go back again once it’s colored over. I keep wondering if I’ll do it again, but it’s so expensive to keep up with, so probably not.

yum! I love slaws 🙂 the ingredients in this are great!

I love slaw, and this flavor combination with that sweet mango and that heat sounds terrific!

Stomach bugs suck so hard 🙁

I usually find that it takes a few weeks for a new hair color to grow on me — give it some time.

And this slaw — just different enough without being too weird to eat. LOVE!!!

Looks delish! Light and crisp! Can you pack my lunch today? Also can’t wait to see your hair!

I love the colors in this! Amazing summery slaw, Jess. Perfect as a side or for topping grilled meats!

I’m normally so not a slaw girl but when it includes the sweetness of mangoes, I can’t get enough!

We all have “those” days of writers block… you’ll get outta it, lady! Can’t wait to see the new hair!!!!! & this slaw is the perfect summer side 🙂

Love this! I make slaw all the time but always get stuck making the exact same recipe–this would be great on some fish tacos!

I love the idea of the dye sucking the writing juice out of you. Ha! Well, not really, but you know what I mean 🙂 I also LOVE the idea of sriracha in slaw!

Well in my teenage years I think I had 7 different hair colours going on. This was due to constant need to be rebellious and dye it blue, purple and red… Oh have times changed… Now my hair is the back to natural state too but I think all those years of dye have drained it of its blackness; so now it is an off shade of brown: LAME.
I love Slaw! Veggies in that creamy, sweet dressing? winner in my books; especially with those wings you described.

I am not sure I could ever be brave enough to die my hair. It has been brown my whole life and I honestly do not think I am one of those girls who can do another color. I bet it is fun to have a new look though!!
so this slaw? I love it! So much better than a typical slaw. Mango is the best!

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