Sweet and Tangy Apple Coleslaw Salad

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Our Apple Coleslaw Salad is a unique fall twist that is a delightful blend of tangy Granny Smith apples and a sweet, heated dressing that will make your taste buds dance. It’s perfect for those crisp fall days when you’re craving something with a little extra zing.

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Get ready for a flavor-packed party in your mouth with my Fall Apple Slaw! This isn’t your ordinary coleslaw; it’s a crisp, refreshing autumn fiesta that’ll make your taste buds dance a joyful jig.

Imagine crunchy cabbage, a symphony of Granny Smith apples, and zesty green onions all getting together for a shindig in a bowl. But the real star of the show is the dressing, which brings the groove – it’s a sweet and tangy blend, with a touch of spice that’ll make your palate sing in harmony.

This slaw is like a crisp fall breeze, a burst of colors in the midst of autumn leaves, and the perfect sidekick for your seasonal gatherings. Whether you’re cozying up at home or sharing a dish at a potluck, our Fall Apple Slaw brings a zest for life that’s as bright as the fall foliage.

So grab your fork and get ready to savor the crisp, the crunch, and the unexpected pop of flavors. It’s time to let your taste buds join the autumn dance with this incredible Fall Apple Slaw. Enjoy the fall party! 🍂🍏💃🎉

What makes this slaw healthy?

This Apple Slaw not only satisfies your taste buds but it also packs a healthy punch. Here’s why you’ll love it from a nutritional perspective:

  • Coleslaw Mix: a great source of fiber and vitamins. It adds a satisfying crunch and is low in calories.
  • Granny Smith Apple: not only delicious but these apples are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
  • Celery: super low in calories and a good source of vitamin K and antioxidants.
  • Green Onions: They add a mild, fresh flavor to the coleslaw and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Dressing: a blend of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of mayo for creaminess. It’s a healthier alternative to heavy, calorie-laden dressings, plus it’s homemade!
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Why you’ll love this recipe

This Apple Coleslaw isn’t just healthy; it’s also a delight for your taste buds. Here’s why you’re going to fall in love with it:

  • Balanced Flavors: The tanginess of Granny Smith apples perfectly balances the sweetness of the dressing.
  • Easy to Make: You can whip up this coleslaw in just a few minutes, making it an ideal side dish for busy weeknights.
  • Perfect for Fall: The hint of red pepper flakes and the warmth of the dressing make it a fantastic autumn dish.
  • Great for Gatherings: Whether it’s a family dinner or a potluck, this coleslaw is sure to impress your guests.

RELATED: Tangy Blue Cheese Coleslaw – The tanginess of this coleslaw dressing is perfectly balanced by the rich and savory flavor of the blue cheese. This combination creates a deliciously complex taste that is both refreshing and satisfying.

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Ingredients you’ll need for this healthy Apple Cabbage Salad

Gather these simple ingredients to make this delicious fall coleslaw recipe:

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For the slaw

  • 1 bag (16 ounces) of coleslaw mix
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 5 green onions, finely sliced

For the tangy dressing

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and printable recipe in the recipe card below.

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How to make this Crunchy Apple Coleslaw

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, sliced Granny Smith apple, diced celery, and finely sliced green onions.

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Step 2: In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, granulated white sugar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes. Bring the dressing to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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Step 3: Whisk the mayonnaise into the dressing. It’ll add creaminess and a hint of richness to the mixture.

Handy tip: MAKE THe DRESSING VEGAN

To make the dressing for this salad vegan friendly, substitute the mayo in this recipe with either a vegan mayo, or make your own vegan mayo by using this homemade vegan mayo recipe.

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Step 4: Now, pour the warm dressing over the cabbage mixture in the bowl. Toss everything together gently to ensure that the cabbage, apple, and onions are well coated with the delicious dressing.

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Step 5: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the flavors to meld and the coleslaw to chill for at least 1 hour. This chilling time allows all the flavors to marry, resulting in a truly delectable coleslaw.

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Make this Creamy Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw recipe, then check out my Easy Creamy Coleslaw with Grapes, or my Creamy Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple then checkout more of my fall salad recipes.

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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this recipe, such as how to customize this salad, and how to store this salad.

Can I use a different type of apple?

While Granny Smith apples add a unique tartness to this coleslaw, you can experiment with other apple varieties if you prefer a sweeter or different flavor profile.

Is there a way to reduce the sugar in the dressing?

Yes, you can adjust the sugar to your liking. Start with less sugar, taste, and add more if needed.

Can I make this Granny Smith coleslaw in advance?

Absolutely! In fact, making it in advance allows the flavors to meld even more. It’s perfect for meal prep.

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How do you store Apple Coleslaw?

Storing your Apple Coleslaw properly is essential to maintain its freshness and flavors. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Refrigeration: Coleslaw should always be stored in the refrigerator to keep it at a safe temperature and prevent bacterial growth. Make sure to use an airtight container with a lid or cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  2. Separate Dressing: If you have leftover dressing or are storing the coleslaw for an extended period, consider keeping the dressing separate. This prevents the cabbage and other ingredients from becoming soggy as they soak up the dressing over time.
  3. Shelf Life: Freshly made coleslaw can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days. Beyond that, it might start to lose its crunch and flavor.
  4. Chilling: Allow the coleslaw to chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. This resting time allows the flavors to meld, making it even more delicious.
  5. Avoid Freezing: Coleslaw is not suitable for freezing. The cabbage and other veggies will lose their texture and become mushy when thawed.
  6. Mix Before Serving: When you’re ready to serve the stored coleslaw, give it a good toss to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed, and the ingredients are well-mixed.
  7. Keep it Cold: If you’re transporting coleslaw for a picnic or potluck, use a cooler or keep it in the shade to prevent it from sitting out at room temperature for too long.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw for a few days after making it while keeping it fresh and appetizing.

There you have it, a delicious and healthy Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw recipe that’s perfect for fall or any time of the year. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Happy crunching!

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Other coleslaw recipes to try

  • Tangy Blue Cheese Coleslaw – Serve this coleslaw alongside your favorite BBQ recipe for a deliciously satisfying meal, or pair it with a simple sandwich for a quick and easy lunch.
  • Creamy Hawaiian Coleslaw with Pineapple – a tropical twist on a favorite summer cookout side dish, it’s sweetened with pineapple and gets an extra bit of tang from apple cider vinegar. Your fork is waiting!
  • Easy Creamy Coleslaw with Grapes – This easy homemade creamy coleslaw salad recipe is much lighter on the dressing, made sweeter with grapes and is significantly tastier than store-bought because of the grapes and sunflower seeds and almonds. This unique coleslaw is a great summer BBQ side dish for your summer potluck!!
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Apple Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This slaw is like a crisp fall breeze, a burst of colors in the midst of autumn leaves, and the perfect sidekick for your seasonal gatherings. Whether you're cozying up at home or sharing a dish at a potluck, this Fall Apple Slaw brings a zest for life that's as bright as the fall foliage.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 bag (16 ounces) of coleslaw mix
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 5 green onions, finely sliced

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, sliced Granny Smith apple, celery, and finely sliced green onions.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, granulated white sugar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes. Bring the dressing to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Whisk the mayonnaise into the dressing.
  4. Pour the warm dressing over the cabbage mixture in the bowl. Toss everything together to ensure the cabbage, apple, and onions are well coated.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the flavors to meld and the slaw to chill for at least 1 hour.

Notes

To make the dressing for this salad vegan friendly, substitute the mayo in this recipe with either a vegan mayo, or make your own vegan mayo by using this homemade vegan mayo recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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