cilantro-lime sweet potato slaw

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Now that we are diving mouth-first into a more plant-centric diet, I figured it was high time I come up with some more creative ways to incorporate veggies in our everyday meals. Over the past few years, we’ve fallen deep into the sad salad rut. I’d make something for dinner, realize we’d need some more veggies, and just throw together a salad. It never tasted particularly amazing, but I’d choke it down because I need my leafy greens.

No more, my friends.

As part of my quest to expand my fruit and veggie horizons, I also resolve to limit my intake of the so-called “guilt salads.” No more eating a bowlful of greens just because I’m supposed to. Instead, I want to explore the world of flavorful, interesting and exciting veggie sides. And this one is a very, very good start. The flavors are bright and tangy and there is absolutely no need to guilt me into eating a bowlful of this.

I know the ingredients in this slaw sound a little crazypants (raw sweet potatoes? apples? radishes?), but I promise the end result is a veggierific side dish that is bursting with Latin flavor. Sweet potatoes are actually very mildly flavored when raw and instead just absorb the flavors of the dressing while giving the slaw an awesome crunch. I think this would be awesome served in place of lettuce on a fish taco or as a side to some grilled chile-lime shrimp kebabs.

Can you tell I’m desperately missing summer grilling? Because I am.

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potato Slaw

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potato Slaw

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

I know the ingredients in this slaw sound a little unusual (raw sweet potatoes? apples? radishes?), but I promise the end result is a veggierific side dish that is bursting with Latin flavor.

Inspired by: Whole Living


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large apple, cored and julienned
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and julienned
  • 6 radishes, julienned
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Combine all slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss until well combined. Pour over dressing and toss until everything is coated. Refrigerate for an hour or more to allow time for flavors to meld. Just before serving, top with toasted sesame seeds.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


What’s your favorite veggie side dish?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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