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Apple Coleslaw

Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping.Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete Savorist

If you would have asked the kid-me if I would rank coleslaw as one of my favorite foods as an adult, I would have laughed in your face. Back then, outside the crispy chicken fast food coleslaw, I didn’t like the stuff.

I didn’t even like my grandmothers’. Either of my grandmothers’.

Oh how my taste buds have changed. And what’s sad, of my nearly 500 recipes, I have only 3 slaws on this site. That’s kind of pathetic. I’ve got a Pineapple Slaw, a BBQ Slaw that I used as a grilled chicken topping and a slaw using purple cabbage…a highly under utilized vegetable in my opinion.

What to serve with Apple Coleslaw?

Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete SavoristWhen I made my Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts, I needed a side dish that would compliment them. Of course, coleslaw was my first thought. I didn’t want to make a creamy version because of the blue cheese component. I wanted something slightly tangy, yet a bit sweet because of that same blue cheese component paired with the beer.

So, Apple Coleslaw became my solution. The nice thing is, I had enough apple coleslaw leftover that when I made pulled pork for dinner a night or two later, it was the PERFECT topping. I may have even found myself stealing a bite or two in-between meals; but that’s probably because I’m an odd duck when it comes to snack food.

Non-Creamy Coleslaw

I, like you, love me a creamy coleslaw, but sometimes you need to forgo the creaminess and just enjoy the crisp tang of a vinegar based slaw. HOWEVER, should you find yourself in desperate need of a bit of the classic creaminess, add 1/4 cup of mayo, 2% Low-fat Greek yogurt, or Miracle Whip. That will fix that craving.Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete Savorist

Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete Savorist

Apple Coleslaw

Course: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple coleslaw, coleslaw, salad, side dish, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration: 8 hours
Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small head green cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup white onion; finely diced
  • 2 red apples (gala or fuji)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, celery seeds, and salt. 

  2. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Remove from the heat and add the oil.

  4. Cool until just warm to the touch, about 30 minutes.

  5. In a large bowl, jar, or zip-seal bag, combine the cabbage, onion, apple, and carrot; mix well.

  6. Pour the warm dressing over the cabbage mixture.

  7. Cover and marinate for 8 hours, refrigerated, or up to three days.

Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete Savorist

Apple Coleslaw ~ A break from the traditional creamy coleslaw with this tangy vegan version sweetened with apples, a perfect side dish or sandwich topping ~ The Complete Savorist

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    June 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    YUMMM! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    I Heart Naptime
    June 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Looks so yummy! Great idea!

  • Reply
    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    June 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Such a fun update on a classic side dish!

  • Reply
    Abeer
    June 27, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Looks so great! I need to try it for our next bbq party!

  • Reply
    Jacque Hastert
    June 27, 2018 at 8:39 am

    This would be a great addition to any BBQ side!

  • Reply
    Des
    June 27, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I would to have this on our next event!

  • Reply
    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    June 28, 2018 at 5:18 am

    That sounds interesting! I would love to give this a try!

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