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Creamy & Crunchy Apple Slaw

This traditional recipe is a summer season essential for its crisp apples and crunchy cabbage; who could resist it? This Creamy Apple Slaw, with its tangy flavor, is the perfect side dish to your next picnic or barbecue. It makes a great addition to pulled pork sandwiches!

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Apple Coleslaw Recipe

We have all been there at the orchard or local grocery store and been a bit, well, ambitious, with how many apples we bought.

Maybe you thought you were going to get into an apple a day to keep the doctor away or figured you could finally start taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Whatever the case, been there and done that!

In a quest to cut down on the pile of apples in the kitchen, I have made a few simple recipes using delicious apples.

This homemade coleslaw with apple is a mouthwatering addition to your BBQ, with the tart apples, creamy dressing, and crisp red onion. It’s even better the next day!

I like to think of it as an easy side dish or a light summer meal! Who could say no to that dish?

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Ingredients Needed

Coleslaw mix – Make your slaw vibrant with the tricolor mix, or alternatively chop thin slices of red cabbage, carrots, and green cabbage.

Apples – Although I prefer a Granny Smith apple, feel free to use red apples or your favorite like gala or opal apples!

Green onions – Substitute leeks or think slices of white onion for green onions.

Slivered almonds – Not a fan of almonds? Substitute with another sweet nut like cashews or pecans.

Mayo – I prefer to use Duke’s Mayonnaise, but go ahead and use lower calorie options or even olive oil based mayos. Substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream if desired.

Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is a great substitute for a white wine vinegar, or lemon juice.

Dijon mustard – If you do not have Dijon, go ahead and add yellow mustard! The flavor only varies slightly.

Lemon juice – Any citrus juice works here instead if you are lacking lemons at the moment.

Celery seed – Celery seed could be substituted with dill seed, celery salt, or even fennel seeds.

Pantry staples – Salt, black pepper, sugar.

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How to Make Apple Coleslaw

FIRST: After thinly slicing apples into matchstick size, place in a large bowl of water and lemon to avoid browning.

SECOND: Toss together in a large bowl or serving bowl the coleslaw mix with apples and sliced green onions.

THIRD: Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl, and pour over coleslaw mixture, tossing to combine. Chill for at least one hour, then garnish with toasted almonds to enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

bowl of apple slaw

What Can Apple Cider Vinegar be Substituted For?

Apple cider vinegar is essential in most recipes for its acidic power, then also for being iconic with its tang and health benefits.

Sub out apple cider vinegar with something that can supply that same bite, such as rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, lemon/lime juice, or even sherry vinegar.

What Do You Serve with Apple Slaw?

Apple coleslaw is a great creamy note to any picnic, so think picnic when you’re adding to the menu; pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, sub sandwiches.

Or serve with more savory dishes like grilled meats such as steak, some loaded potatoes, or sided with another dish like baked beans.

bowl of apple slaw with two spoons and sliced almonds

Can you Substitute Celery Seed in Apple Slaw?

Not everyone has their hands on celery seed, as it’s not a typical must have in most kitchens. If you don’t want to go out and buy a jar of celery seed, I completely recommend dill seed, celery salt, or even fennel seeds.

The biggest reason for the celery seed is to have an extra crunch of texture, so if you’re not incredibly concerned about that, you can opt out of it.

How Do I Store Coleslaw?

All coleslaws —this apple slaw included— can be stored in an airtight container. With coleslaw being a high liquid consistency, the slaw will only remain fresh for a couple of days.

Before serving again, stir and hit the coleslaw with a dash of salt and pepper. Drain excess water if necessary.

Can I Freeze Apple Slaw?

Due to coleslaw being a very liquid based dish, freezing isn’t recommended. It is more than likely there will be separation in the fats.

If saving time is your concern, always get bagged coleslaw mix!

fork of apple slaw with almonds

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Use a variety of different colored apples. A green apple might blend too much with the cabbage so use red for a pop of color.
  • Grate the apples in a food processor using the shredding plate if you prefer.
  • Avoid browning during prep and place sliced apples in bowl with water and lemon.
  • With leftovers, serve on top of sandwiches for a crunchy bite, or as a side dish through the week.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for four days. Refresh the flavor with a quick stir, then a hit of pepper and salt!
  • Sprinkle on a few poppy seeds or sunflower seeds for more crunch and texture.
  • Cut down prep time with a bag of pre-shredded cabbage from the store.

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This Apple slaw recipe, a sweet twist on classic coleslaw, is the most refreshing topping to your next summer picnic! The tart apples with the tang of the coleslaw mix will brighten every summer season bite!

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Apple Slaw

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Creamy Apple Slaw, with its tangy flavor, is the perfect side dish to your next picnic or barbecue. It makes a great addition to pulled pork sandwiches!

Ingredients

Apple Slaw

  • 16 ounces coleslaw mix or 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples (sliced thin)
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds (sliced works too)

Slaw Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon. musstard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (sub honey if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Core and slice the apples into thin slices and then into matchsticks (or julienne them).
  2. Place in a bowl of water with a dash of lemon juice while preparing to keep them from turning brown.
  3. Combine the coleslaw mix, apples, and sliced green onions in a medium or large bowl. Toss to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Stir or whisk to combine.
  5. Pour the dressing over the slaw mix. Toss to coat the slaw.
  6. Chill for 1 hour before serving for the best flavor.
  7. Garnish with toasted almonds before serving.

Notes

  • Use a variety of different colored apples. A green apple might blend too much with the cabbage so use red for a pop of color.
  • Grate the apples in a food processor using the shredding plate if you prefer.
  • Avoid browning during prep and place sliced apples in bowl with water and lemon.
  • With leftovers, serve on top of sandwiches for a crunchy bite, or as a side dish through the week.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for four days. Refresh the flavor with a quick stir, then a hit of pepper and salt!
  • Sprinkle on a few poppy seeds or sunflower seeds for more crunch and texture.
  • Cut down prep time with a bag of pre-shredded cabbage from the store.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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