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Irish Coleslaw

This Irish coleslaw is made with jicama, red pepper, cabbage and raisins and tossed in a yogurt vinegar dressing. 

First things first. Breakfast was too good not to share. This girl knows what she’s talking about when it comes to smoothies. I’ve been wanting to try these dough boy smoothies for quite some time and yesterday morning was the day. Boy am I glad I did. Such a nice change of pace for breakfast. It really does taste doughy too!

dough boy smoothie

dough boy smoothie

Those white clumps are coconut butter and definitely the best part. If you haven’t tried these yet, do it.

<Insert long work day here>

But that’s ok because it’s only a 4 day work week for me. We leave for Ireland on Thursday night! We’ll be headed there for just over a week and plan to explore much of southern Ireland from Dublin —-> Cork –> Killarney —> Shannon. We’re going with Adrian & Doreen so you’ll be seeing a little bit more of those two. This is my first trip to Europe that we’re planning completely on our own and not with a group of some sort so, it will be interesting to see how everything pans out from driving our stick shift rental car on the other side of the road to figuring out how to get from city to city.

I decided to get ready for our trip by incorporating one of the few foods I associate with Ireland (maybe I’m naïve but, what food is actually Irish?) into last night’s dinner. Cabbage! I’ll admit that my assumption of cabbage being Irish is based solely on the whole corned beef & cabbage St. Patrick’s Day tradition. So I apologize if it’s not but, I promise the recipe is good anyway!

Coleslaw ingredients

There were slim pickings in the produce drawer of the fridge and since we’re leaving on Thursday I really didn’t want to buy too much either. Enter this coleslaw/salad that I can make a ton of, will keep just fine for a few days, and satisfy my vegetable quota. Hope Ulysses likes it because it’s on the menu every night between now and Wednesday!

Honestly, I don’t even know if I can call this a “recipe” it’s so simple. Simple is how I roll. I don’t have time for long, elaborate meals during the week while working full time and trying to fit in some sort of workout after 5pm. (Don’t even try and talk me into a morning workout. It will not happen. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried only to totally dismiss the alarm clock when it goes off.) My goal is to try and keep it healthy, quick, and of course tasty. That’s it. I think this satisfies all three.

These 4 vegetables cost me $4.32 at my favorite store. I plan on having them last me for 3 dinners/lunches. Can’t beat that.

Ever had jicama?

This was actually my first time buying it. I’ve had it in plenty of store bought vegetable party trays but never bought it myself. It looks like a root vegetable and you just peel the outside layer off much like you would a potato.


Once the jicama is peeled, just julienne it along with the red pepper.

coleslaw prep

jicama and red pepper

This is a loose interpretation of a “julienne”. No need to be perfect here.

Moving onto the cabbage, I actually take out the white inner core as I think it’s kind of bitter and then just slice it.


Add all your sliced vegetables to a bowl. I actually threw in some un-pictured raisins too for some sweetness. I also thought about adding a sliced up apple but then realized I didn’t have any left.


Now it’s time for the dressing. This is where most coleslaws go horribly wrong. I wanted to keep this one light and obviously healthy but, I also wasn’t in the mood for just a vinegary dressy.  I ended up kind of winging it and it came out great!

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • salt/pepper

Just pour the dressing into the bowl with the sliced vegetables and toss to coat.

Irish Coleslaw

I let this sit in the fridge for a couple of hours but, there’s no reason you couldn’t eat it right away.

I was alone for dinner last night and this was the perfect side to my grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.

Now it’s time to start packing!

Irish Coleslaw

Irish Coleslaw

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Irish coleslaw is made with jicama, red pepper, cabbage and raisins and tossed in a yogurt vinegar dressing.


For the Coleslaw

  • 1 small head of red cabbage, sliced
  • 1 small head of green or savoy cabbage, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 jicama root, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon sugar
  • salt/pepper


  1. Thinly slice all vegetables and combine in a large bowl with chopped raisins.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and add to bowl with vegetables.
  3. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Toss to coat and serve or refrigerate.


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Have any of you been to Ireland? Any suggestions on things we must do while there?


Sunday 11th of March 2012

Thanks for the recipe for Irish Coleslaw! We were there for Christmas 2 years ago and I loved their Coleslaw! Ate it with every meal they had it. I have been trying to find a recipe for it ever since.

thanks again!

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 11th of March 2012

I hope you like it if you make it. It's definitely not an "authentic" Irish recipe. I made it a few days before we were going to Ireland last year so that's why it's named that, not necessarily because I figured out their delicious way of making it :)

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Tuesday 17th of May 2011

Hi Gina! I was just in South Africa about a month ago and drove a ton on the other side of the road. It's not so bad. Ireland is tough though because the streets are so narrow. Make sure you hug the middle of the road or you will take out yours or someone else's side view mirror. (I did that in 2008 when I was in Ireland - oops!) Have so much fun. And I'm digging the blog.


Wednesday 18th of May 2011

Hi Taralyn! That makes me feel a little better :) I'm still kinda nervous about shifting with my left hand, I think that's going to take some getting used to. Thanks for checking out the blog!


Tuesday 17th of May 2011

Hi I'm a new reader, love to see you're going to Ireland. What a fun trip. Love the smoothie bowl oats :)


Tuesday 17th of May 2011

Hi Jenny- thanks for stopping by!

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