Home > Salads > Apple Coleslaw Apple Coleslaw December 28, 2022 | 4 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Apple Coleslaw combines green cabbage, tart apples, sweetened cranberries, and crisp almonds with an ultra-creamy and multi-dimensional dressing. Instead of just using mayo, we also use sour cream, Dijon mustard, and a few other ingredients that add such a great flavor. There are so many ways to use this tangy Apple Coleslaw, but our favorite is in a big wrap with leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Breast or grilled chicken! Apple Coleslaw Recipe I’m a coleslaw fanatic. I love it through and through, which leads me to find every possible excuse to add it into my lunches or dinners. These BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or this irresistible Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork–I make both frequently and layer ’em high with my favorite homemade Coleslaw. So, it only made sense to create a fall/winter version of a summer favorite. And let me tell you–this recipe is a reason to crave cooler weather! It’s sweet, tangy, crunchy, and completely delicious! I’ve thrown it in just about every lunch wrap/sandwich and even added it to my Thanksgiving menu! I mean, Cranberry Sauce over turkey is good and all, but topping it with the best Apple Coleslaw recipe? Game changer! QUICK TIP By the way; this coleslaw does not need to be saved for colder temperatures–it’s incredibly versatile! Try making Apple Coleslaw recipe for pulled pork and be rewarded with a fun and unique flavor twist! Apple In Coleslaw Adding the apple to this coleslaw adds a nice tart sweetness. Use whatever apple you like best; in this recipe, we love Honeycrisp best. Granny Smith is another great option if you’d prefer a more tart flavor. Apple Coleslaw Dressing As mentioned earlier, we don’t use just mayo to dress this coleslaw. Instead we rely on a myriad of dressing ingredients which add incredible nuance and dimension of flavor to this recipe. Here’s a breakdown of everything in the dressing: Apple cider vinegar: This particular vinegar emphasizes the apple flavor. It also nicely balances out the richness of the sour cream and mayo. Mayo: Use a good mayonnaise; the better the mayo, the better the dressing will taste. I love Hellman’s/Best Foods® (not sponsored) since it has a rich flavor without being too sweet or tangy. Sour cream: To balance out the mayo (and not make the dressing overpoweringly “mayo” flavored), I like to add sour cream. (For a slightly healthier apple coleslaw, use reduced-fat sour cream.) Dijon mustard: This adds a nice flavor and greater dimension to the dressing. Honey or sugar: I love the natural sweetness the honey adds, but white sugar can be used if desired. Add sweetener slowly and to taste. QUICK TIP Don’t forget the seasonings! We add salt, pepper, and celery seed. If you aren’t familiar with celery seeds, they are a spice that can be found among other spices in the grocery store. They taste just like celery and add a nice depth of flavor. If you don’t have celery seed on hand, this Apple Coleslaw recipe is fine without it! How To Make Apple Coleslaw This is an easy recipe — especially once the cabbage is sliced and apples are cut into matchsticks. If you have a mandoline slicer, you can quickly slice a head of cabbage. Otherwise, here’s how to prepare a cabbage: Start by removing any outer leaves that are browned or crumpled. Cut the cabbage exactly in half. Cut those halves in half (to get four quarters) and then cut out the core of each quarter. Slice each cabbage quarters into very thin shreds. Transfer the sliced cabbage to a salad spinner base. Wash thoroughly and spin to dry completely. And here’s how to prepare the apples: Wash and fully dry the apples. Cut each side from the core to get four pieces. Cut each piece into thin slices. Cut each slice into thin slices that look like matchsticks. How To Use Apple Coleslaw Serve as a side dish with a meat main (like pulled pork, pork chops, grilled chicken, steak, salmon, etc.). Enjoy it in a wrap or sandwich. We’ve been loving tortillas loaded up with leftover diced grilled chicken or leftover turkey, some Muenster cheese, and a few generous spoonfuls of this coleslaw. Use in tacos. Add a scoop to your favorite fish or chicken tacos. Add to a burger like these salmon burgers (leave off the tartar sauce and top with this apple coleslaw recipe instead!). Recipe tips Make the coleslaw ahead of time: This recipe benefits from spending some time in the fridge. Not only does everything become more flavorful, it also helps soften the cabbage. Change it up: We love adding these honey almonds for a slightly sweeter coleslaw. Plus, they don’t soften as quickly. To add some freshness and cut through the richness of the dressing, add in some freshly squeezed lemon juice. 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Instead of just using mayo, we also use sour cream, Dijon mustard, and a few other ingredients that add such a great flavor. Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian Keyword Apple Coleslaw, Apple Coleslaw recipe Prep Time 25 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 11 servings Calories 204kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $5.34 Ingredients▢ 1 small green cabbage, shredded (7 cups packed)▢ 1/2 cup celery very thinly sliced (2 stalks)▢ 2 large apples, sliced into matchsticks (about 3-1/4 cups) We like Honeycrisp best!▢ 1/2 cup sliced green onions▢ 3/4 cup sliced almonds▢ 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberriesDressing▢ 1/2 cup mayonnaise Recommended: Hellman's▢ 1/2 cup sour cream▢ 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar▢ 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard▢ 2 tablespoons honey (or more if you want it sweeter)▢ Fine sea salt & pepper▢ 1/4 teaspoon celery seed, optionalUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsDRESSING: In a medium-sized bowl combine all the dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I add 3/4 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper). Use a whisk to mix until completely smooth. Store in the fridge until ready to use. SLAW PREP: Thinly slice cabbage and cut apples into matchsticks (See Note 1 for more details). Thinly slice celery and green onions. Combine all in a large bowl with almonds and cranberries. Pour every bit of dressing over and toss well. Place in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to soften; then toss well again, taste/adjust for seasoning, and serve. Toss well occasionally during serving and after it has sat or been refrigerated for any length of time. Recipe NotesNote 1: Here's how to prepare the cabbage: Start by removing any outer leaves that are browned or crumpled. Cut the cabbage exactly in half. Cut those halves in half (to get four quarters) and then cut out the core of each quarter. Slice each cabbage quarter into very thin shreds. Transfer the sliced cabbage to a salad spinner base. Wash thoroughly and spin to dry completely. How to prepare the apples: Wash and fully dry the apples. Cut each side from the core to get four pieces. Cut each piece into thin slices. Cut each slice into thin slices that look like matchsticks. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? 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