Mango Tropical Rainbow Coleslaw

MangoTropical Rainbow Cole Slaw

Do you ever just sit back and wonder “How am I going to be able to get through this next week?” That’s me right now, unashamedly admitting that I’m running on empty. *Sigh of relief.* I’m glad I’m not alone. I feel like this time of year with graduations, wedding anniversaries, showers, family vacations, weddings, end of the year celebrations… Okay, you get the point: Summer is crazy busy! That’s why this recipe marks ONE thing off your to do list. The question that has always lingered on your mind: “What can I bring to the party?”

The answer is never simple, but this Mango Tropical Rainbow Coleslaw should work! It’s fresh, perfect for showers and graduation parties alike. It has all the good ingredients for you and has my favorite kind of flavors! I’m talking sesame oil, honey, lime juice, and a pinch of nutmeg? OKAYYYYYYYYY someone stop me from making this ALL THE TIME. It’s become a go-to for many of the parties/barbecues we’ve gone to, and it has been such a people pleaser.

Seriously, on some real levels, I have overcommitted just a tiny bit. I would rather be busy than bored, that’s the truth. However, I think I’ve gone overboard. That’s why I’m going to try and protect my July. June is already jam-packed and August is the same. Therefore, if I can just protect a few weekends in July, I think I’ll be a happy camper. The good thing is, it’s packed with AMAZING THINGS! Fun photoshoots, blogging opportunities, parties, gatherings, vacations, and appearances. I mean, I really should stop complaining!


MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

I mention this because I KNOW that I’m not the only person that this happens to. Whomever is reading this right now, there is a good chance you are going through this too! So, I’m here to offer solidarity. Dear: Addicts of a Busy Calendar (ABC), our first step is admittance. Second step is marching to said calendar and finding a few weekends this summer where there are no plans and protecting them with your life! That time is going to be JUST for you and your family. Sleep in, go on a hike, eat dinner in the backyard on a big blanket kind-of-life. If you get an invite on those days, you know what to do. Place it in the reject pile.

Back to the salad now. This Mango Tropical Rainbow Coleslaw is obviously easy; it’s really just a few ingredients and some knife time. It takes me about 15 minutes to pull it all together, which is all the time you have during this busy season, I know. I’ve made it three times now, and it’s really no-fail. I’ve got this salad down. I haven’t done it yet, but I’m thinking it would be kind of amazing on a pulled pork sandwich! Yes, I believe that recipe should be coming soooooon! I need more excuses to make this salad.

I’ve added some pineapple to this salad as well, and it’s crazy good! This recipe is the perfect baseline salad, but feel free to dump in some blueberries, papaya, or whatever you think might work! That’s why it’s a “rainbow salad.” Toss in whatever looks good and tropical in the grocery store (or farmers’ market). The more colors the better! I hope you all get a chance to try this salad out, and if you do, please send me a pic on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in people’s homes!

MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

MangoTropical Rainbow Coleslaw

Mango Tropical Rainbow Coleslaw

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Black sesame seeds for topping



Chop the veggies and mango, and place in a medium/large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, sesame oil, poppy seeds, salt, ginger, and honey together and pour over the veggies and mango. Toss together and let sit in the fridge 10 minutes before serving.

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  • Reply
    June 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Lovely salad! Breathe Karlee!

    • Reply
      June 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Remembering to breathe is top of my priority list! hahah

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