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Pineapple Orange Coleslaw Recipe

Updated: March 23, 2024

Hawaiian Inspired Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

Summer’s Favorite: Pineapple Orange Coleslaw

When spring has sprung and summer starting heating up the back porch enough that you have a hankering for iced tea and a good bbq burger, you are ready for some fresh summer salads. . Enter the Pineapple Orange Coleslaw, a recipe that promises to steal the spotlight at your next outdoor feast.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Freshness: Combining juicy pineapples and sweet oranges, this coleslaw introduces a burst of freshness to any meal.
  • Crunch: The added pecans provide a delightful crunch, offering a contrast to the soft textures of the fruit.
  • Versatility: Perfect alongside BBQ ribs, chicken, or pulled pork, it’s the ultimate sidekick for a range of main dishes.
  • Ease: With a preparation time of merely 15 minutes, it’s tailor-made for the bustling lives of the modern family.

Ingredients Spotlight

  • Citrus Harmony: The mandarin oranges add not just flavor but a bright pop of color, making this dish a feast for the eyes.
  • Sweetness with Depth: Honey and pineapple blend to offer a natural sweetness, balanced exquisitely by the tang of apple cider vinegar.
  • The Nutty Finish: Pecans, a southern staple, bring an earthy richness that transforms the coleslaw into a moreish delight.

Let’s Make Coleslaw!

Creating this Pineapple Orange Pecan Coleslaw is a breeze. Start with whisking together mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper for a dressing that’s both tangy and sweet. Toss it with shredded cabbage, pecans, and pineapple tidbits for that perfect slaw base. Gently folding in mandarin oranges adds a final touch of freshness, making this dish as beautiful as it is delicious.

Pro Tips for Perfection

  • Chill to Marry Flavors: Letting the coleslaw sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving allows the flavors to meld beautifully.
  • Presentation Matters: Enhance the visual appeal with additional mandarin orange segments scattered on top for that vibrant burst of color.
Coleslaw Recipe - Try this yummy Pineapple Orange Coleslaw Recipe at your next BBQ or Picnic and more. We served this at a Baby shower recently and it was a big hit!

Conclusion: A Symphony of Flavors

The Pineapple Orange Coleslaw is more than just a side dish; it’s a celebration of summer, a testament to the joy of fresh ingredients coming together in perfect harmony. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, attending a potluck, or celebrating a special occasion, this coleslaw will become your go-to recipe for impressing guests with minimal effort.

Indulge in the full recipe below and embrace the simplicity of creating a dish that will become an essential summer salad in your recipe box. Enjoy sweet friends!

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Pineapple Orange Coleslaw Recipe

Fresh and delicious Pineapple Orange Coleslaw with fragrant oranges and crunchy pecans. Perfect for picnics and family gathering.

  • Author: Pam List
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Salad, Slaw
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian


  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 16 oz. bag of Shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 1o oz can pineapple tidbits in pineapple juice, drained.
  • 1 cup whole or chopped pecans, your preference.
  • 4 peeled and segmented seedless mandarin oranges (Sweeties)


Combine mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Place the shredded cabbage mix, pecans and pineapple tidbits in mixing bowl with dressing. Toss with dressing until thoroughly blended.

Gently fold in mandarin oranges. Place in refrigerator to marry flavors for at least one hour. Mix well before serving.



For presentation add one more segmented and peeled mandarin orange scattered on top of salad. This will give a great pop of color.

Keywords: salad, pineapple salad, island tropical salad

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  1. Yum! This looks delicious!
    Thank you for including this at: #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. We greatly appreciate your participation.

  2. Pam, this looks delicious and beautiful! Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared this post on social media.


  3. That is a very different combination of flavors. I’ll bet it is very refreshing this time of year. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I will share on social media.

  4. This salad looks so colourful and I bet it is tasty too! Thank you for linking up and sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared on social media and hope to see you next month.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  5. Yum, I think the pineapple orange flavors in this coleslaw would be so refreshing and delicious. Perfect for summer BBQ side dishes. Thank you for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  6. perfect for a summertime picnic! The flavors in this recipe are mouthwatering. Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing it at last week’s Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop!

  7. I saw your link on DIDI and it looked so good! I have most of the ingredients on hand already, and I love pecans. I’m planning to try this soon. I’ll pin it so I can find it! LOL!

  8. What mayonnaise do you use? Like Miracle Whip or Hellmann’s? Thank you!

    1. HI Teresa! You can use basic mayo. Adding Miracle Whip would be sweeter, but use what you have! You can lighten it up with halving it with Greek yogurt or light sour cream as well!

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