Spicy Kale Slaw

Here’s one amazing side dish for steak. Or frankly for chicken or fishes dishes, too. Spicy kale slaw is crazy versatile as a side dish. It’s one big salad: big on flavor, big on crunch, big on presence on the plate, and big on healthiness. And of course, you could go big on the serving, too. It actually works really well as a lunch salad. Serve it with bread or a baked potato, and you have a terrific vegetarian meal.

Spicy kale slaw

Our spicy kale slaw gets its heat from Sriracha Sauce, with a little added warmth from the black pepper. You can adjust that heat easily by adding/subtracting the amount used. But if you’re looking to really amp up the spiciness (and even add a little sweetness), try dicing up a red jalapeño (or another red chili.) You could even go as far as a habanero here if you’re up for more extreme eating.

Enjoy this salad straight away as the vegetables will only hold there nutrition and freshness for so long. And they will discolor quickly too, so for the most appealing side salad, eat fast and don’t refrigerate.

And just like many coleslaw recipes, this spicy kale slaw recipe lends itself very well to ingredient experimentation. You could sub out the kale for a dark leafy cabbage. Or try adding additional ingredients. We mentioned a diced fresh red chili pepper, but you could also try raisins, apples, almonds, and many other ingredient twists. They all add to the flavor and provide some unique textures, too.

Spicy kale slaw
Spicy kale slaw

Spicy Kale Slaw

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side
Servings 4 servings
Calories 187 kcal


  • 3 cups kale finely shredded, dark cabbage will also taste great
  • 1/2 onion peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 carrots peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce add more to taste and heat tolerance
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice approximately the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts crushed


  • Add the shredded kale or cabbage to a large bowl.
  • Add the onion slices and grated carrots to the bowl with the kale.
  • Sprinkle the ingredients with salt pepper, and squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture.
  • Add the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce. Stir to combine until the slaw is fully coated.
  • Plate the slaw then sprinkle crushed walnuts on top. Serve.


Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 408mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 10129IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Sriracha, Sriracha Sauce
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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