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Sweet Coleslaw with Pineapple ?

Yes, you are reading this right, Coleslaw with Pineapple, trust me, it’s really good.

This unusual sweet coleslaw, with pineapple and cilantro is the perfect side dish for Spring and Summer.  Crunchy cabbage and carrots, combine with sweet bursts of flavour from pineapple, and citrus from the cilantro.   It’s also prepaheadable, inexpensive, great for a crowd and delicious.

Shredded green and purple cabbage, carrots, with pineapple and cilantro in a large serving bowl with a wooden serving spoon.

Excellent at any Pot luck or BBQ, as a side for grilled dishes, and my favourite, served on top of Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwiches  This is the ultimate in messy, juicy goodness.

If this Sweet Pineapple Coleslaw isn’t quite what you are looking for, not to worry!   I have a solution.

Try my Sweet & Spicy Slaw, it’s vinegar based with no pineapple and a little hint of heat.  Also really good on top of Pulled Pork Sandwicheswhere you are looking for a little less sweet and a little more heat.

Shredded green and purple cabbage, carrots, with pineapple and cilantro in a large serving bowl with a wooden serving spoon.

Sweet Coleslaw with Pineapple and Cilantro

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Meal Prep
Servings 6 people


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 3/4 cup pineapple tidbits reserve juice
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro coarsely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl combine Mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, coleslaw mix, drained pineapple tidbits (reserve the juice), red onion and cilantro. Mix well.
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp reserved pineapple juice, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator.

Prepaheadable Instructions:

  • In a small bowl with a lid mix together all ingredients except coleslaw mix. Stir to combine.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • On cooking day combine coleslaw and dressing. Mix well. Let side at least 10 minutes before eating to allow flavours to meld.
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By on April 12th, 2019
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