Appetizers / Sides

Spicy Coleslaw

We needed some coleslaw to go with the pulled pork I had made, so I prepared our spicy coleslaw..when I say we needed…probably not a necessity but it goes really, really well…as it is great for when you are looking for some heat. Although you can scale down the heat if you or your family like it a little milder as this does have a bit of a kick to it…!


You will need: –

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head green cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 3 carrots (grated)
  • 2 apples (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

The great thing is that this only takes a few minutes but will provide you with an ample amount of coleslaw.

Okay so first things first, just combine the mayonnaise and sour cream…

then harissa paste (if you are cautious with heat then you can reduce this to 1 tsp), sugar, cider vinegar, salt and pepper and mix well.

Now set the mixture aside so it will be ready to mix into your salad once you have prepared it.

For your salad just thinly slice your cabbages and grate your carrots.

I have to admit that this is a time I really appreciate my food processor for the grating and slicing part.. Now slice your apples, my kids love thin but large slices but you can of course cut into smaller slices. I have to do plenty which are a little larger to stop the battle for the apple! If you are doing it by hand then a little lemon juice will stop the apple from going brown whilst you are preparing it. I then coarsely cut the cilantro and toss it all together, really well.

Now just pop it into the refrigerator to cool, the longer the better but ideally for at least 30 mins, this will give the flavors a chance to mingle…


5 replies »

  1. I make a pretty regular coleslaw but this sounds really good. I like the addition of the apple and wonder if even if in my regular recipe that addition would be liked among my family. I would have to tone down the spiciness on this but, I bet it is really good.


    • Thanks for taking the time to comment – If you don’t already use apple cider vinegar in your usual recipe then that might be an idea as it compliments the apple. The harissa does have a kick but you can reduce this down to 1 tsp or even a few drops of your favorite hot sauce. If you are looking for a non spicy version then omitting the harissa will still give you a lovely base. Have a great weekend x


  2. Mmmmm… This looks delicious! I prefer my coleslaw to have a little bit of kick to it. I bet these ingredients all pull together to make great tasting coleslaw.


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