Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Coleslaw and barbecue are a match made in heaven. Adding fun ingredients to any slaw gives an easy way to switch up what can be a very basic dish. Grilling up a pineapple and adding it to a citrus dressed coleslaw is the perfect combination.

Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw in a bowl

But first things first…

What Is Coleslaw

Basic coleslaw is simply a medley of cabbages, carrots, a dressing, and other ingredients, that is similar to a salad. You can find pre-packaged versions to make this much easier on yourself, or you can grab your own basic ingredients and shred your own.

Coleslaw will often be tossed with a mayonnaise mixture for dressing. But we don’t love mayo around these parts, so we use vinegar as the base to our dressings.

For a binder consider things like Dijon mustard or mayo (if that is your thing). Once you have a base, it’s fun to jazz up a basic coleslaw, like we’re doing here with grilled pineapple.

How to Make Coleslaw from Scratch

For any basic coleslaw, start with a good mandolin. It makes life easy, and allows the purchase of whole cabbages, which is much cheaper, can last longer, and great for a crowd.

Below is our ratio for a basic coleslaw. The number we use is 3:1:1.

  • Cabbage – Green and red cabbage are the basic ingredients. Our ratio is 3:1 for green to red cabbage. Example – 3 cups of green cabbage to 1 cup of red cabbage. Other ways to improve flavor, consider bok choy, or savoy cabbage for extra crunch and flavor when subbing out the green.
  • Carrots – Carrots bring sweet and crunch to the dish. We use the large holes on a box cheese grater to easily shred the carrots. Consider 1 part carrots in the ratio.
  • Dressing – We prefer to dress with some type of vinegar. The most common vinegar we use is apple cider, sherry vinegar, or red wine vinegar (instead of the typical mayonnaise). This adds acidity to bring the slaw together. Another great option is using freshly squeezed citrus, like in this recipe for Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw. For this version, we’re doing a orange version of my usual salad dressing.

Using the above ratio, 3 parts green cabbage, 1 part red cabbage, 1 part carrots. Then dress with at least ¼ to ½ cup of dressing, depending on your flavor preference.

Extras – Want some additional heat? Consider red onions in the coleslaw. When adding more elements, we stick with the 1-part ratio. In this case, 1 cup red onions added to the dish for the 3:1:1 basic ingredients. Want some pickled element? Dice up pickled onions or other pickled vegetable (or smoked pickled onions, like the ones in our Smoked Pickled Onion Coleslaw). The options are endless, but start with the basics: cabbage, carrots, and a dressing, then add from there.

Enter Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw…

Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw in a bowl

A fun way to jazz up a basic coleslaw is to add some grilled fruit to the mix, like grilled pineapples.

Grilling Pineapple

In this recipe we have an easy way to grill pineapple. Using a diced grilled pineapple not only adds a sweet and savory flavor, but also texture, to the coleslaw. If you’re already grilling up some chicken or burgers for dinner, throw on some pineapple slices to get them slightly caramelized and then use that grilled pineapple to add that pop of flavor to your slaw.

Grilled Pineapple slices

Dice up the grilled pineapple finely for that added flavor. The juices will also combine within the dressing giving a depth of flavor to the dish. Guaranteed to wow guests who will no doubt ask for the recipe. 😊

Where to Use Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw

Consider coleslaw as a side dish substitute to salad. This slaw also makes a great addition to:

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Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw in a bowl
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Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw with Citrus Vinaigrette

Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw is an easy and delicious summer side dish and also a fantastic topping for pulled pork or chicken sliders.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people




  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground ginger, freeze whatever you don’t use
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Combine: In a mixing bowl, combine orange juice, honey, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest, ginger, salt, and slowly whisk in olive oil until combined and slightly emulsified. Add in the coleslaw mix and toss together.
  • Serve: Serve with your favorite grilled or barbecued protein or as a side dish. 


For a fresh homemade coleslaw, follow this ratio:
  • 3 cups shaved green cabbage
  • 1 cup shaved red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced grilled pineapple pieces


Serving: 100grams | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 98
Keyword: grilled pineapple coleslaw, homemade coleslaw, how to make coleslaw no mayo
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Could peaches be subbed for the pineapple?I`m doing a 4rib pork loin roast with a peach tea brine (Snapple) and would like to keep the peach profile going.Thanks this slaw looks delicious.

    1. Absolutely peaches can be subbed. You can even reference this post:

      Can’t wait to hear about it and show us the photos!

      1. 4 stars
        Well the recipe is delicious however by attempting to get a good char on the peaches I slightly over cooked em,leaving the skin on helped even though the peaches were firm but ripe.Getting a good char on pineapple is much easier,next time we will try with uncooked peaches.The mayo less dressing was nice for a change,sourcing a good orange this time of year was challenging but doable.