Hawaiian Coleslaw

Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw.

Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw. | platingsandpairings.comEven though it’s beautiful here in the Pacific NW right now – Can I just say, I’m ready for a VACATION?! An extended vacation, with plenty of beach time, tropical cocktails and an endless supply of US Weekly magazines.

We’re planning a trip to Maui in the late fall and I absolutely cannot wait. I’ve been to Hawaii twice before, but only to Waikiki. I hear that Maui is a whole different vibe – Much more relaxed, and green and tropical. Thoughts of boarding that plane in November when it’s freezing and pouring down rain here in Oregon will help to get me through these next four months – That, and this Hawaiian coleslaw recipe which I spied on The Skinny Fork.

How can you not be in a good mood when you have a plate of this yummy Hawaiian coleslaw in front of you. Just look at all those colors – And the heart shaped carrots –  I mean, how cute are they?!

This Hawaiian slaw’s got the traditional ingredients of cabbage and carrots, but it’s bumped up a notch into tropical nirvana with the addition of fresh pineapple chunks, black sesame seeds, and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette.This Hawaiian style coleslaw is super healthy too – Which helps in the being bikini-ready department. Now if I can just stop stealing all those pink starbursts from our office reception candy dish, limit the wine drinking, and get in some more workouts, I’d be all set… But really… I mean, wine is pretty much a necessity.

Have any of you been to Maui? Do you have any tips for must-see places, must-taste restaurants, must-drink cocktails? I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions in the comments below! Mahalo.

Hawaiian Coleslaw

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 47 kcal
Author: Erin @ Platings & Pairings - Inspired by The Skinny Fork
Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine slaw mix, carrots, pineapple and scallions in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a mason jar, shake well to combine, and pour over the slaw. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to eating.

Recipe Notes

I used this great tutorial from Sophistimom to make the cute heart shaped carrots from one of the carrots, for topping.

Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw. | platingsandpairings.com

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33 comments

  1. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    This slaw looks so refreshing, and I love those little carrot hearts! We just got back from Hawaii last week. It was my first trip over, and I totally embraced my inner tourist. We stayed in Waikiki, but spent a lot of time up on Oahu’s North Shore, which was much less trafficked and more easy-going. We had so much fun, and came back rested and ready for life again. It’s amazing what a little vacation time can do for the soul!

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    1. Erin

      I totally agree Renee!!! I just read your post about how to avoid sunburn – Keeping this information handy for our trip!!! I got a little fried last time.

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    2. David

      Hi renee ? I’ve been there four times and never get tired of it . Great beaches great golf courses and great food .

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  2. Ali

    Wow that looks good! I went to Maui when I was a kid but not since so no suggestions unfortunately. It was one of our favorite family trips ever though – such a beautiful place!

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    1. Erin

      I can’t wait to get back to Hawaii Ali – Luckily this beautiful summer that we’re having here in Oregon makes the waiting time bearable!

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  3. Susannah

    Oh my goodness, YES PLEASE! We’re having a BBQ tonight and I may have to make this slaw to go along with our chicken. <3

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    1. Erin

      Susannah – I hope you make it!!! Let me know how it turns out!

      Reply

  4. Jenni

    This looks AMAZING. I love that you made the little carrots into hearts as well!

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    1. Erin

      Aren’t they cute Jenni?! I’m trying to come up new with recipes involving carrots just so that I can use them more and more!!!

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  5. Susan | LunaCafe

    Love Maui and love this slaw. can’t wait to try it. Although it’s from some time ago, here/s a post I did on Maui desserts. It may give you some ideas on which restaurants to explore. The eating is good on Maui. 🙂 http://thelunacafe.com/dining/maui-desserts/

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Susan! I’ve bookmarked this helpful information for our upcoming trip!

      Reply

  6. Erin

    Yes! This looks delicious and awesome for hot summer days. I love those carrots! So cute! The fall is the perfect time for a trip to Maui. And planning trips is always fun and gives you something to look forward to!

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    1. Erin

      I couldn’t agree more Erin! I can’t wait to start planning and daydreaming!

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  7. Jen

    This looks AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe. I’ve only been to the Big Island so I will just recommend eating all the fresh stuff you run across. And going diving/snorkeling as much as possible. I think those two things are true no matter which island you visit…

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    1. Erin

      Oh yes! Snorkeling is my absolute favorite thing to do in Hawaii! Can’t wait for that!!! Thanks Jen!

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  8. Catherine

    This does look delicious! I love the idea of the vinaigrette, and I’m a big fan of sesame seeds. They add just a little crunch.

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    1. Erin

      It’s a light, health dish with plenty of crunch! Perfect for summer BBQ-ing!

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  9. Tracy

    Heart-shaped carrot! Love that. And the colors. Eating beautiful-looking food makes it taste better, definitely.

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    1. Erin

      You’re right Tracy! Pretty food always tastes better 😉

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  10. Danielle

    Hawaii is so amazing! I’ve been once, but my husband has not. We are dying to get over there. I have a friend who lived there most of her life and she tells me the weather is so perfect. Warm, but not too hot. Sounds idyllic. Hope you have the best time ever! Also, this slaw has me drooling, so I will be pinning this for later! 😀 Cheers!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Danielle! I hope you enjoy the slaw and that you make it to Hawaii soon too!

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  11. Lindsay Ingalls (@RunWithTongs)

    Wow what a wonderful and tasty sounding recipe!

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  12. Elysia

    I LOVE the colours in this slaw! It looks so summery and refreshing!!

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    1. Erin

      The colors are great, aren’t they Elysia! I love the purples and oranges together!

      Reply

  13. jan ehrenkrook

    just started following you. i really enjoy your blog. made the street tacos and pickled onion last night fabulous! thank you for sharing. i lived on maui for 9 yrs til last year. all time favorite is sansei in kapalua. when my family always came to visit it was a must. best ever. i am not a sushi fan but there are so many more options. you need to go. highly recommend reservations. they have a very late happy hour as well. merriment’s in kapalua as well, for happy hour. best spot on maui for a sunset cocktail and a great happy hour. starts at 3 i think. they pour hand mixed mai tai’s, not common. those are my fav’s. many more but those are my top two. enjoy!

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    1. Erin

      Ooooohhhh those hand made mai tai’s sound SO good Jan! I will definitely need to check out Merriman’s for their sunset and a cocktail. Thank you for the great feedback and welcome!

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  14. jan ehrenkrook

    sorry i meant merriman’s

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  15. Lane

    Must do: Mount Haleakala sunrise. Dress warm.

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    1. Erin

      Sounds AMAZING Lane! We’ve actually scrapped the Maui trip for Spain this year, but I will definitely keep that on my “to do” list for next time we’re in Maui!

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  16. Keri|flipflopweekend.com

    This looks so fresh, summer-y and amazing! Definitely going to save this recipe and make it soon. A good summer salad can really add to a meal. Thanks!

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  17. Kathy

    Made this cole slaw yesterday. I was very disappointed. A couple of things…..the red cabbage bleeds into the rest of the ingredients so the slaw looked nothing like your pucture. Also the taste was very bitter. Something seemed missing from the dressing.

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  18. Nico Stanitzok

    Erin, I´m so happy to see, that you use fresh ingredients and not a package coleslaw mix.
    It seems, people are unable to cut a cabbage today and then buy a pre cut, wrapped in plastic.
    Funny.
    But anyway, thank you for sharing, this will make my hawaii party perfect.

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    1. Erin

      So happy I could help Nico!

      Reply

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