Coleslaw With Mandarin Oranges


Coleslaw with mandarin oranges mixed throughout. This salad can stand alone or be used to top your favorite meat entree. It’s a great change from the traditional red cabbage coleslaw you may be familiar with. Coleslaw is often referred to as a side dish but remember it can be the star of the plate. Tossing in some mandarin oranges makes this coleslaw extra special.

Mandarin Orange Coleslaw

Switch up the traditional coleslaw recipe you bring to barbecue’s this summer, and make my Mandarin Orange Coleslaw for the next party you attend! This coleslaw is made in just 10 minutes time using 7 ingredients.

For as long as I can remember, my mother in-law has made this Mandarin Orange Coleslaw recipe. Once my husband and I got married she taught me how to make this coleslaw. This has been the only coleslaw recipe I ever make, too. It’s definitely one of those recipes that will stick with me throughout my whole life. I think if you make it–it will stick with you for a lifetime as well.



Putting this Mandarin Orange Coleslaw together is really easy. Most of the ingredients you’ll probably already have on hand in your pantry.

  • Mayonnaise – I love to use a full fat mayonnaise. But use what you prefer and/or have on hand.
  • Sugar – This will add a little sweetness to the sauce.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – The acid of the vinegar cuts the sugar and mayonnaise.
  • Salt & Pepper – A little goes a long way with this recipe.
  • Shredded Cabbage – You can buy a bag of shredded cabbage or sometimes marketed as “coleslaw mix” in the produce section of your local grocery store.
  • Mandarin Oranges – I always keep a can in my pantry, but you can use fresh if you have it on hand.


  • Combine mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Using a whisk, mix sauce until smooth.
  • Place the shredded cabbage mix in mixing bowl with dressing. Toss with dressing until thoroughly blended.
  • Gently fold in mandarin oranges.
  • Place in refrigerator to marry flavors for at least one hour. Mix well before serving.


What is coleslaw mix made of?

Prepackaged coleslaw mix is made up of shredded green cabbage, red cabbage and shredded carrots.

Why does coleslaw get watery?

Cabbage naturally holds a lot of water. So when you add in the sauce that contains acid like vinegar it will begin to break down the cabbage essentially removing the stored water from the cabbage.

How long should coleslaw sit before serving?

I like to let my coleslaw sit for at least one hour before serving. Sometimes I’ll make it the night before or the morning before I’ll serve it for lunch or dinner


yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINS

cook time: 0 MINS

total time: 20 MINS

This colorful and delicious Easy Asian Coleslaw Recipe makes the perfect side to any BBQ. It’s loaded with crunchy veggies, mandarin oranges, and roasted cashews and tossed in a (mayo-free!) creamy orange sesame dressing. You will LOVE it!


Orange Sesame Dressing

  •  Juice from 1 mandarin orange, about ¼ cup
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons each: toasted sesame oil and avocado oil, or another light flavored oil
  • 2 tablespoons each: rice wine vinegar, honey (or maple syrup for vegan), and soy sauce (sub coco aminos for paleo)
  • ½ teaspoon each: finely minced ginger and garlic

Easy Asian Coleslaw

  • 1 lb thinly shaved cabbage, I like half purple and half green cabbage
  • 2 carrots, sliced into thin strips (a mandolin works great for this)
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup roasted salted cashews
  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  • Place all the ingredients in a 2 cup glass jar and give it a good shake. It’s ready to go when it’s creamy. Note: if your tahini is very thick, mix it with the orange juice first then add the rest of the ingredients and shake.Juice from 1 mandarin orange,2 tablespoons tahini,3 tablespoons each: toasted sesame oil and avocado oil,2 tablespoons each: rice wine vinegar, honey (or maple syrup for vegan), and soy sauce (sub coco aminos for paleo),½ teaspoon each: finely minced ginger and garlic
  • Add all the Asian coleslaw ingredients to a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat.1 lb thinly shaved cabbage,2 carrots,1 red pepper,½ cup roasted salted cashews,3 mandarin oranges,¼ cup cilantro,2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

serving: 1 serving = ⅙ of the recipe, calories: 384kcal, carbohydrates: 26g, protein: 6g, fat: 31g, saturated fat: 4g, polyunsaturated fat: 8g, monounsaturated fat: 17g, sodium: 440mg, potassium: 450mg, fiber: 5g, sugar: 16g, vitamin a: 4461IU, vitamin c: 72mg, calcium: 97mg, iron: 2mg


Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw is a sweet delicious side dish that goes great with barbecue or fish.

I was never a big fan of coleslaw until I had it with mandarin oranges and pineapple but then I also have a bonus recipe for you to try called Boozy Coleslaw.

Both are pretty unique in flavor, one is crunchy with a hint of sweetness and a little fruity,  the other has a bolder taste with a kick, yes (just add one of your favorite spirits in this salad with a hint of  Bourbon, Tequila, or Vodka).

These cabbage slaws are one of the best-tasting coleslaw I have ever eaten and it’s hard to pick one better than the other.

The fruit and creamy dressing are just perfect with seafood or meats of any kind and a great warmer weather side dish and just shouts summer.

Our boozy slaw is great for an all adult party and perfect with that grilled t-bone!

We love cabbage in all kinds of ways, like in soups, cabbage stuffed, and this side dish salad.

Take a look at the ingredients of both recipes and scroll down to print this easy fruity slaw out (or boozy slaw) below.

Cabbage Salad

This is one of the best cabbage slaws I have ever had at home, there are many restaurants that serve a fruit-style coleslaw in Florida.

We were on the road home from Sanibel Island and one of the diners along the road have a cabbage salad similar to this with chopped apples, nuts, and raisins and very good.

That’s what gave me this idea to make it with a Florida flair and summer feel using the oranges and pineapple.

It was surely a bit hit that everyone loved and I now make often with fried fish or burgers all year long.

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw

  • shredded cabbage
  • Dressing:
  • half and half cream
  • mayonnaise
  • white sugar
  • white vinegar
  • salt pepper to taste
  • Fruits:
  • crushed  canned or fresh pineapple (I use fresh) drained well
  • mandarin oranges well drained

Substitutions for Fruits

  • chopped apples
  • chopped mango
  • chopped dates
  • raisins, figs
  • fresh chopped cherries
  • peaches
  • any kind of chopped or slivered nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • any kind of segmented oranges or other fruits you like.
  • shredded coconut

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