This recipe for Apple and Cabbage Slaw will be your new favorite! It’s a classic coleslaw recipe that’s perfect for your next barbecue. Even slaw haters love this recipe!
I never used to like coleslaw. Memories of coleslaw from my childhood are KFC dinners my Dad brought home, complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and soupy coleslaw. Who could possibly love THAT coleslaw?!
Years later, I hesitantly ate coleslaw at a local SLC restaurant, and… loved it! It was nothing like that drippy slaw from my youth. The grown-up version of coleslaw in the restaurant was made with chunks of fruit and raisins ,with a light, sweet dressing. It was one of those recipes I knew had to be recreated at home. I’m sure one bite of this Apple and Cabbage Slaw will convert you to being a slaw fan for life!
I’ve been making this Apple Cabbage Slaw for years and it’s our family-favorite. The dressing is so so easy to put together. This recipe for Apple and Cabbage Slaw consists of a few basic ingredients: cabbage, carrots, (or a precut bag of coleslaw mix), the dressing ingredients, fresh apples, golden raisins and a little celery seed. Mix the dressing up with a whisk, throw the cabbage and fruit into a bowl and toss together. That’s it! If you have 10 minutes, you can make this amazing slaw.
Apple and Cabbage Slaw is probably the easiest side to a barbecue you will ever make. If you can chop and whisk, this salad will be your new go-to! It’s crunchy and a little creamy, sweet and a little tart. I think you’ll agree it’s the best slaw you’ve ever eaten, and for sure the best slaw you’ve ever made! You’ll never, ever, turn your nose up to slaw again. Promise.
This recipe for Apple and Cabbage Slaw was originally posted in September 2009 and has been updated in recipe post and photos.
Apple and Cabbage Slaw
- 1/2 large head cabbage or 1 1/2 bags of coleslaw mix
- 2 large carrots grated (omit if using bagged mix)
- 1-2 apples I like Fuji washed, cored, cut into chunks ( peel on)
- 1/3 cup Golden Raisins more or less depending-if you are a raisin lover
- 1/4 cup Craisins optional
- 3/4 cup Mayonnaise not Light! I like Best Foods or Hellman's
- 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons celery seed
Wash and chop cabbage. Place cabbage in large bowl.
Add carrots, apples, golden raisins, and Craisins (if using).
In separate small bowl, mix the mayo, cider vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. If you like the dressing more tart, add vinegar, a tablespoon at a time. If you like your slaw dressing sweet, add more sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved
When the dressing is mixed well, add the celery seed.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage and fruit.
This salad is best when chilled for at least an hour.