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Chipotle Coleslaw with Creamy Avocado Dressing


This dish is all about the creamy chipotle avocado dressing. Silky avocado and zesty lemon dance with the smoky kick of chipotle pepper. You won’t miss the mayo.
Customize the vegetable and fruit blend to make it your own.
— Maribeth Evezich, MSN ('06), RD, CDN, Bastyr alumnus and blogger at


small dried chipotle pepper (or 2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder)
1 large
ripe avocado
4 tbsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
raw honey or coconut sugar (optional)
1 1⁄2 tsp
sea salt
1⁄8 tsp
black pepper
savoy cabbage, cored and finely shredded (or 1/2 head napa cabbage)
carrots, shredded
apples, thinly sliced
medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup
raw cashews, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup
cilantro, Italian parsley or mint, chopped (optional)


  1. Place one chipotle pepper, stem and seeds removed, in a blender or coffee grinder and process until powdered. Dried chipotle peppers can be found packaged in most grocery stores.
  2. Combine avocado, lemon juice, chipotle powder, honey, salt and pepper in a blender and process until smooth. The dressing should have the consistency of mayonnaise. Add extra lemon juice to thin it out if needed.
  3. In a very large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, apple and onion, mixing well to distribute evenly.
  4. Toss the vegetable mixture with dressing, massaging the dressing into the vegetables until evenly coated.
  5. Top salad with a large handful of the chopped nuts.
  6. Garnish with additional chipotle powder and chopped herbs.
  7. Add more nuts to the top of each serving.


Savoy cabbage is particularly good for slaw salads, since it is more tender and less bitter than the green or red cabbage most of us typically select. As such, there’s no need to salt it before serving it uncooked. Dice, grate, slice … it really doesn’t matter much. Keeping the cabbage thin will help with even dressing coverage.

Nutrition Notes

  • Cabbage is an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K, potassium and manganese. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, and magnesium. 
  • While savoy cabbage is nutritionally dense, it lacks the sulfur compounds (and odor) that most people who have cooked cabbage are more than familiar with, and often dislike. However, these compounds also have cancer protection and gastrointestinal benefits.
Chipotle Coleslaw in bowl


SourceCourtesy Maribeth Evezich, MSN ('06), RD, CDN, via her blog
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
20 minutes