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Hawaiian Inspired Coleslaw

Hawaiian Pineapple Coleslaw puts a sweet and savory tropical twist on the classic picnic side dish. This recipe can be lightened-up with Greek yogurt, this easy summer salad is definitely not your average same old cole slaw recipe!

Serve with Pulled Pork or Chili Lime Kabobs and enjoy!!

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Why I love this coleslaw with pineapple recipe

I love this Pineapple Coleslaw because it’s so full of flavor – it’s the perfect side dish for cookouts, backyard BBQs or pulled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. It’s a tropical twist on a favorite summer cookout side dish, it’s sweetened with pineapple and gets an extra bit of tang from apple cider vinegar. Your fork is waiting!

RELATED: Easy Creamy Coleslaw with Grapes

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So beautiful!!

What Ingredients do you need to make Hawaiian Coleslaw

  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Shredded carrots
  • Pineapple tidbits 
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
Ingredients needed to make hawaiian inspired coleslaw in clear glass pinch bowls.

What Ingredients do you need to make Hawaiian Inspired Coleslaw Dressing

  • Mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Brown sugar 
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper

For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.

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How to make Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple

This recipe is so easy to make, and it comes together quickly in four simple steps!

  1. In a large bowl toss together the shredded red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, pineapple tidbits, and cilantro. (Here’s a quick tip on how to shred cabbage).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving. Toss again before serving.

Make this Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple recipe, then check out my Easy Creamy Coleslaw with Grapes, Layered Cobb Salad Trifle, and Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Squares and more of my Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes.  

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Inspired by Hawaii Coleslaw substitution ideas

The beauty of this salad recipe is that you can make it truly your own with a few simple substitutions. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add mandarin oranges or diced mango to the salad mix
  • Add in some finely chopped red onion
  • Use a bagged coleslaw mix instead of chopping your own cabbage (saves time and effort!)
  • Use greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise to make a lighter version

Tip:

Soak bagged coleslaw in ice-cold salted water for 30 minutes before using. Why? Because it washes off some of that “bagged” taste and refreshes the shredded vegetables

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How to store hawaiian cole slaw

As with most salads, store this salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Pineapple Coleslaw because it's so full of flavor - it's the perfect side dish for cookouts, backyard BBQs or pulled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. It's a tropical twist on a favorite summer cookout side dish, it's sweetened with pineapple and gets an extra bit of tang from apple cider vinegar. Your fork is waiting!

Ingredients

IngredientsFor the Salad

  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Ingredients for the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl toss together the red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, pineapple tidbits, and cilantro.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving. Toss again before serving.

Notes

How to Store

As with most salads, store this salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Substitutions

See the full Hawaiian Inspired Coleslaw recipe post for tips, tricks and substitutions.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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Shar

Monday 22nd of August 2022

This has way to much vinegar, an to runny, tried to add little more brown sugar to take vinegar taste away, still not good. pineapple didnt help sour taste either. Sorry.

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Monday 22nd of August 2022

I am so sorry to hear that this recipe didn't turn out for you Shar. I will make this again to test it and let you know the adjustments and will update the recipe card accordingly. Thank you so much for letting me know.

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