If you like pina coladas, or anything with that name…I’m the slaw that you look for, read below and eat the same…Ok so song writing isn’t my forte, but coleslaw creation might be. Looking for a clean, mayo-free, whole30 compliant summer slaw that tastes unlike any other? Try this whole30 pina colada coleslaw NOW.
Coleslaw you may want to eat for dessert? Coleslaw with all-natural ingredients and mayo-free? Coleslaw that tastes like a tropical vacation? Yes, yes, and yes.
A note to coconut haters – this may not be your slaw. Yes, it pains me to say that, but this crunchy treat has major coconutty flavor. But let’s be real – if you don’t like coconut, you probably don’t like pina coladas. And if you don’t like pina coladas, then I probably don’t like you. KIDDING! All love people. I don’t understand the non-coconut loving folks, but I married one, so that doesn’t mean I don’t love ’em.
I made this creation when my hubby was out of town and I was invited to a neighbor’s house for a grill-out. My dear friend’s husband admitted he too, was not a coconut fan (ugh, MEN) but was still willing to try my slaw. As he bravely dove right in, I was surprised to hear that he ACTUALLY liked it! What?! Have I converted a coconut hater into a coconut fan? I don’t have many skills, but if that’s one of them then I’m getting a badge and wearing it every.single.day.
This is the perfect side to serve those brave Whole30 summer warriors, vegans, and booze-hounds that need a cocktail-inspired food creation in their life (kidding!). A simple dressing made with coconut milk, pineapple juice, and tangy apple cider vinegar gives sliced cabbage some serious oomph.
Top this whole30 pina colada coleslaw with crunchy toasted coconut and a few sliced almonds and you have some major textural charm. I wanted to add a boatload of macadamia nuts instead of almonds, BUT those puppies are ‘spensive and I’m on a budget, so almonds it shall be. If you want to go 110%, then try the macadamia nuts – I’m SURE that would be amazing.
This whole30 pina colada coleslaw can be whipped up in a flash, and is made up of simple, real-food ingredients. And it’s the perfect dish to share. Just be careful not to drink the dressing before you add it to the cabbage – seriously, it’s tempting.
I love adding shredded chicken to any leftovers I have for a lunch coleslaw salad that is filling, low-carb, and high in protein. Would be great with pan-fried tofu as well (for my vegan friends).
Looking for other Whole30 complaint side dishes? Try these mandarin orange green beans or Whoel30 scalloped sweet potatoes.Print
Whole30 Pina Colada Coleslaw
- Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
- 8 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 cup shredded coconut or coconut chips
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Sliced almonds or macadamia nuts to garnish
- Turn the oven broiler on low
- Spread the coconut chips or shredded coconut on a baking sheet and place into the oven for a few minutes, until the coconut gets slightly toasted. Keep a close eye – the coconut could burn quickly
- Take the coconut out of the oven once it’s slightly golden and let cool
- Pour the sliced cabbage into a large bowl and add the diced pineapple
- To make the dressing, combine the coconut milk, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Drizzle over the cabbage mixture and mix well to combine
- Add 1/2 cup of toasted coconut, mix, and reserve the other 1/2 cup to top the coleslaw later
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add the 1/2 cup of reserved toasted to the top of the coleslaw and add sliced almonds or macadamia nuts to garnish immediately before serving
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I’d totally 100% eat this for dessert 😉 Love that coconut and pineapple…and of course the mac nuts!
It certainly would be one of the most healthy desserts I devour 😉
Amy Scott says
Oh this is right up my street! Great flavor combos. Pinning to use later! 🙂
Thanks so much Amy! I appreciate the pin love! Enjoy.
This looks awesome and while I am not doing the whole 30 I have cut way back on sugar which means I eat a lot of whole 30 complaint foods! 🙂 Pinning
That’s awesome Lauren! I’m not doing the program either, but I like to find recipes that are compliant, because why not? Thanks girl!
I totally sang along with the first line… 😉 We just started a paleo lifestyle, and this looks perfect to jazz up some of our meals this summer.
Jam out soul sister, jam out! I’m so glad you stopped by – what perfect timing for your new way of eating!
I’m a pina colada AND a slaw lover, so this is right up my alley. Sounds amazing! And I’m with you — those macadamia nuts would be SO good!
2 for 2! Whoo hoo! This is right up your ally then! Thanks Blair 🙂
The coconut throws me for a bit of a loop—I like it, but I wonder how it would mess with a wine pairing. Looks delicious though and is a creative way to use cabbage in the summer.
You’re the expert there – not me!! I’m sure you could find something amazing though 😉
Looks sooooo good. I LOVE coleslaw!!
Thanks Chelsea! Coleslaw is such a summer staple!
This seriously looks/sounds insanely delicious! I love that this incorporates different flavors from a traditional cole slaw, and it is Whole 30 approved! How awesome!
Stacey Cox says
I can personally attest that this was AMAZING. It was exactly the sweetness I needed with filling fiber from the cabbage. On point, Chrissa!
Awwww thanks for being my guinea pigs and special props to JR for trying it!! xoxo
Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING. So good. Pinned it because it’s a must try for me.
I hope you do give this a whirl Angie! Thanks for the pin love friend!
Kristen Kavan says
yum! I love this is is paleo! It’s so hard to find coleslaw that is! This looks super delicious — I’m pinning this for later! xx
Agreed! And a mayo-free version is even harder! Thanks for stopping by Kristen (and for the pin love) xo
Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. I love pina colada flavored anything:)
Boomtown! My kind of gal. Thanks Joanna!
Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite says
This looks SO good!! I love that there is no mayo because mayo weirds me out – haha!
I don’t mind mayo-based coleslaw dishes if I can eat them right away. The soggy leftovers totally weird me out! Thanks Rachel!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Wow! This is so creative!! I am a coconut lover as is my husband…i will try my hardest not to drink the dressing before serving it…:D
YAY! There’s not many of us coconut-lovers out there. So glad you’re on board Heather. Enjoy friend!
I’m not normally a coleslaw fan but this recipe seems like it could change my mind! It looks so refreshing!
Ooooo I hope it does Emily!! Keep me posted if you give this one a whirl!
Heather with WELLFITandFED says
This looks so perfect! I am going to make this for our Memorial Day group coming over! Looks amazing. 🙂
So awesome to hear Heather! Let me know how it turns out!
Wow, this sounds SO good! It almost reminds me of an ambrosia salad (which I KNOW isn’t Whole30! ha ha). I have to admit I wasn’t really a coconut person until trying Whole30 – but when you’re so limited on your diet, you become willing to eat anything 😉 Now I’m actually a fan!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
I thought your song was PERFECT! BUUUT, not quiiiiiite as perfect as this slaw. I am obsessed with pina coladas (and dancing in the rain) so I need this!
This looks so amazing! I love everything in this!
Thanks so much Cole. Enjoy!
Becky @ Disney in your Day says
Yummy, sounds good! I’m trying to get back into clean eating so this is good timing. And I love coconut!
That’s so great Becky! Glad you are a coconut fan – I’m sure you’ll love this then!
Hmmm cabbage and pineapple? I never thought of combining the two flavours – will have to try!
Yes! It’s such a fun and light combo. But I’m partial to anything with pineapple 😉 Thanks Maria!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
Oh my gosh this is my kind of coleslaw! I made a tropical sweet potato salad last week and that was a hit so I can only imagine this deliciousness! pinning 🙂
Oooo tropical sweet potato salad sounds REALLY yummy too! Will you be posting this creation!?
Stephanie S Rollen says
Thanks for this awesome recipe! Do you happen to have the nutritional values for it?
Thanks Stephanie! It’s definitely a favorite around here. I do not have a breakdown of full nutritional values – however, when I did a quick google search and calculated the ingredients, it came to around 114 calories per serving (based on 8 servings) and 10 grams of carbs. I did NOT include any nuts for garnish as those are optional. Let me know if you are looking for anything else!
I tried this and the dressing, while it tastes great, was super runny and didn’t stick to the slaw. So I basically had a bottle of dressing at the bottom of the bowl and dry cabbage on top. What did I do wrong? Was I supposed to use the coconut cream in the can, or the liquid part?
Oh no! I’m sorry to hear. Did you use a full-fat, canned coconut milk? Usually the stuff at the top is the thicker sediment that would make the dressing less runny. I shook mine up and had a combo of the cream and liquid, but I have found every brand of coconut milk varies in it’s ‘thickness’. Maybe next time just use the cream and see if that helps. Thanks for stopping by Katie!
Yummy!!! I am on AIP, and I am always looking for new flavors. I was craving something sweet, but instead of making AIP brownies like I usually do, I opted for a sweet with veggies! I happened to have a bag of toasted coconut, which made things easier. No nuts for AIP, but I didn’t notice the difference. Thank you! I will share in my AIP networks.
Good to know! So happy you found this recipe and liked it!
Pam MacDonald says
Did you use fresh or canned pineapple? Or, does it matter? Thanks!
I used canned just for sheer convenience 🙂 Drained of course.
I don’t know how you came up with this, but it’s genius! What a great combination! We’re on the Whole30 so fun recipes like this really help us enjoy it so much more! My husband and I both like this and I bet it will be even more of a favorite in the summer. I could see adding strawberries or mandarin oranges too! Very unique and tasty! Thank you!
I’m so glad it was a winner!
Lisa S. says
Chrissa – I found you by sheer accident, as you know looking at one PIN makes you look down at what others have PINNED. I was intrigued by your Chicken-Pineapple Burgers and saw in your intro for those this recipe. I LOVE COLESLAW…EVERY KIND! But this is different and looks great! I’ve come around to appreciating Coconut in most of it’s forms (still can’t do the Coconut Water, just weird to me, I’ll cook with it but can’t drink it straight!). Especially in Thai Food, curries most of all!
Anyway, this is the first sweet version I’ve seen. And just in time for grocery day, so I’ll pick up some Shredded Coconut tomorrow. Plus Pineapple Tidbits….so yummy!
Just wanted to say ….Rachael @LittleChefBigAppetite…is just adorable isn’t she!?
Anyway, thanks for this!!!!
Thanks soooo much of the feedback! Glad you loved it!
I’m starting my second month of Whole30. (I took a week off while we were on vacation so I could drink cocktails and have a few beers.)
I like this recipe but it’s WAY. TOO. SWEET. I think you could skip the pineapple juice and sub in some type of oil and use a lot more vinegar. (We added about a quarter cup by the time we were done doctoring the recipe.) It would be nicer if the dressing was a bit thicker as well so an emulsified oil would be good. (I used straight coconut milk–no added guar gum.)
All in all, it’s a great simple salad but the dressing needs some tweaking to get it right.
Sorry it didn’t work for you Chris. It is a sweeter tasting slaw, which can be a plus or minus depending on what your preferences are.
Could I use a can of pineapple chucks with juice for this? getting real lazy over here!