Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw


Who doesn’t love coleslaw? It’s crunchy, it’s creamy, it’s slightly sweet, and it goes with just about anything, plus it always has me heading back and heaping another generous scoop onto my plate (no shame, it’s cabbage). Here you get the perfect fall inspired coleslaw with it’s addition of apples, cranberries and almonds and it’s covered in a lighter Greek yogurt dressing (versus a classic coleslaw dressing that has as much as a cup of mayonnaise in it).

Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw | Cooking Classy

This Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw has a mild flavor to it but if you’d like a more pronounced flavor you can definitely add in a tablespoon or two of dijon mustard to the dressing. And if you want to skip a step you can use a coleslaw mix in place of the shredded cabbage and carrots. I think it’s time for pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches this week for dinner don’t you – and then of course this coleslaw to go with it! 

Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw | Cooking Classy Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw | Cooking Classy Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw | Cooking Classy


Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw

4.96 from 21 votes

Yield: About 8 servings



  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek Yogurt (I recommend using Fage, other brands may will be too thin)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 small cabbage , shredded (6 - 7 cups packed)
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 2 large gala apples , sliced into matchsticks (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds or 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and apple cider vinegar until smooth, while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl toss together cabbage, carrots, apples, green onions, almonds and cranberries. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately for best results.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • birthday cupcake: nice apple salad I never try onions, carrots and apple at the same October 20, 2015 at 2:50pm Reply

  • Bella B: Yum! My mom has a recipe like this that she makes all the time. It is a favourite. ♡♡

    xoxoBella October 20, 2015 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Krystle: What a gorgeous way to dress up coleslaw for the holidays! The greek yogurt is such a great idea too! October 20, 2015 at 9:29pm Reply

    • Krystle: I just had to stop and say hi…I have the same name and spelling as you…and there’s not many Krystles I meet out in the world! April 2, 2016 at 10:54pm Reply

      • krsytle: same here 😉 May 25, 2017 at 7:44am Reply

        • Diane O: Hi-just noticed ur comments abt ur name n had to mention that my daughter’s name is like urs but spelled w a C..Crystie n I haven’t run into anyone else w that spelling n it’s is abt the closest! Lol November 3, 2017 at 1:59am Reply

  • Lawrence @yeahreviews: It looks so delicious. I think this recipe is really good for a healthy diet. October 22, 2015 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Kathryn: Looks amazing! :) I Don’t do mayo. Any reasonable substitutes? October 22, 2015 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: More greek yogurt, it won’t be quite as rich but should still be good. October 23, 2015 at 9:16am Reply

      • Janke Greving: I simply use greek yoghurt and sometimes add a bit of olive oil for a bit more creaminess :-) February 10, 2018 at 1:02am Reply

    • carole: All yogurt works great. I switched to yogurt in my coleslaw and potato salad recipes years ago. :) January 18, 2018 at 3:16pm Reply

    • Kat: Hello Kathryn. My name is Kathy from Indiana. I know it’s a few years after the fact but I found a mayo substitute called Vegenaise that I bought at Krogers (or Smith’s) if you’re in the western states. It is delicious and to be honest I like it every bit as well as mayo and have put it on sandwiches for the family, made deviled eggs and they did not know the difference. May 23, 2018 at 4:17am Reply

  • Jo: how long does this salad last? October 28, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: A couple of hours once you’ve added the dressing. If making ahead I’d also wait to chop/add the apples so they don’t brown. October 31, 2015 at 12:55am Reply

  • Chris: Brilliant, looks amazing the combination of flavours gives coleslaw a whole new level, fantastic : )

    Christopher October 29, 2015 at 3:10am Reply

  • Tricia: I can’t have dairy. Can I use more mayo instead of the yogurt? November 25, 2015 at 12:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would be fine. Hope you love it! November 25, 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Pam Bercik: I made this today for Thanksgiving dinner. My sister who is picky thought it was very good! It got approval I would use a different type of apple next time, one with more crunch. Over all it was very tasty. November 26, 2015 at 8:08pm Reply

    • Amy: Ambrosia Apples are amazing!! Best apples hands down, delicious and crunchy July 1, 2017 at 10:37am Reply

  • Ginny: I just made this last night and it was so good, a nice change from plain coleslaw. I was in a hurry so just used bottled coleslaw dressing, then added a little mayo and sour cream. Didn’t have green onions so just used a regular one. Let everyone sprinkle the almonds on top, so if there were leftovers they wouldn’t get soft. Definitely making again! February 7, 2016 at 6:23am Reply

  • Debb: Wow.. I think this must suit some very sweet toothed people. I liked the recipe but maybe a half to one tablespoon of honey (not really a healthy option, just a delicious replacement for sugar) would make it perfect. I would recommend to taste before adding more honey. February 12, 2016 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Sherry R: I made this, doubling the recipe, and using one bag of pre-cut coleslaw and a bag of kale slaw. I made it dairy free using plain almond milk yogurt, increasing the mayonnaise from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup (or 1 cup total for the doubled recipe). It was a big hit at the party, everyone absolutely loved it. March 21, 2016 at 11:39pm Reply

  • Kelly: Can I use red cabbage instead? Is there a difference? April 30, 2016 at 10:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The red cabbage will probably bleed a little and discolor the other ingredients and have just a slightly different flavor but if you don’t care about that than you can sub it. April 30, 2016 at 11:00am Reply

    • Ada: I used red cabbage and it was very good. I am making it again and using red cabbage again. My family loves it. February 27, 2018 at 2:53pm Reply

  • Susan C F: Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it. Light, with good balance of sweet and tart. I skipped the onions and used chopped dates instead of cranberries. Perfect for a summer picnic. Would make it again! May 4, 2016 at 5:04pm Reply

  • Anna: Can’t wait to try this! All your recipes are amazing. Thank you for sharing ♡♡♡ May 24, 2016 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Karen: I made this for my book club and it was delicious! I made it ahead and it was still crisp. I think it was even better the next day as the flavor a had time to blend. Will definitely make it again. July 10, 2016 at 7:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So great to hear it was enjoyed Karen! July 11, 2016 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Debra: This was really good and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. But being the first time I’ve
    made this here’s what i would do different. I used slivered almonds, next time I’ll use sliced almonds or maybe toast the slivered one. It was just a presentation thing. I would have like the color addition. Second and this is a big one, I will used pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. What was I thinking trying to do all that shredding! Again the presentation just didn’t look as nice. Three I added sliced banana. I love the flavor combination. July 16, 2016 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Jan: Don’t like Greek yogurt. Can I use something else or just omit it? July 16, 2016 at 7:33pm Reply

    • Tiffany: Me either but you couldn’t taste the yogurt in this at all. It is really good! November 27, 2017 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Molly Christensen: I have made this several times and my family loves it. August 2, 2016 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Candice: I made it today and really liked it. I like the mild flavor. I do think I should have used Fage yogurt because the dressing was too thin. I also should have used matchstick apples and matchstick carrots because I shredded those and it wasn’t crunchy. I will definitely make it again and stick to the recipe. August 2, 2016 at 9:21pm Reply

    • Paige: Definitely want to chop these versus shredding. I loved the chunks of apple in there!! December 7, 2016 at 9:34am Reply

  • Neyssa: Usually I don’t like coleslaw, but this looks like something my sweet tooth would appreciate. Pinning, saving and making soon! Looks amazing. :) BTW I LOVE your photography. August 7, 2016 at 10:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Neyssa! August 18, 2016 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Sri yanti: Hmmmm yamiiii😋😋 August 24, 2016 at 1:13am Reply

  • Jean B: Made this today and love it! The taste is so delicious with so many flavors combined together! August 26, 2016 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Mother of 3: This sounds SOOO Good! Wish I had apples on hand to add to my slaw that I’m making tonight. I’ll definitely add the almonds and cranberries though! Pinned! September 11, 2016 at 1:18pm Reply

  • Mary Taylor: Do you have the nutritiional values so I can convert into Weight Watcher points? If so, could you email those to me? September 14, 2016 at 8:20am Reply

  • Swanya: Can I make the dressing 1 day before serving? November 17, 2016 at 11:54pm Reply

  • Star: Would it be one bag of slaw for this recipe? November 18, 2016 at 5:57pm Reply

    • Trinity: I did, it worked out fantastic! December 27, 2016 at 1:24pm Reply

  • Marilyn: What about adding pineapple tidbits, Mandarin oranges and/or matchstick jicama. November 22, 2016 at 9:45pm Reply

    • Star: I would say yes to any add ins! I made this today. It was good, but I found it to be rather boring. I actually dumped some homemade cranberry sauce on top of my serving to add some pizzazz to it. Lol! It was perfect then! 👍🏻😀 November 24, 2016 at 7:30pm Reply

  • Paige: Made this last night and it was sooooo good! I loved it!!! December 7, 2016 at 9:31am Reply

  • Trinity: This was a fantastic side dish to pork chops! I did used bagged slaw mix with carrots and it worked great! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe! December 27, 2016 at 1:26pm Reply

  • Carol Ahern: Made this to accompany family Christmas lunch. Everyone one enjoyed it. I toasted slivered almonds. Thank you December 31, 2016 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for reporting back Carol! I’m so glad it was enjoyed. January 3, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

  • Liz Cordes: What serving size was used for the 8 servings? I wish to make this for a large gathering and need to plan accordingly. This recipe makes 8 servings of what portion size? Or how many cups total? January 19, 2017 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Paula: How about using walnuts instead of almonds? November 21, 2017 at 8:09am Reply

  • Jocelyn: Absolutely delicious! My family loved it. March 5, 2017 at 8:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear it Jocelyn :)! March 7, 2017 at 10:40pm Reply

  • Judy: Delicious. I also added wheat sticks and sunflower seeds. March 26, 2017 at 9:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great additions! March 27, 2017 at 10:29am Reply

  • Marjorie: Made it today. It’s perfect as is and will be my go to recipe. Thanks for sharing! April 16, 2017 at 7:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it Marjorie! April 16, 2017 at 10:28pm Reply

  • Ann: What is the nutritional information for this recipe? April 27, 2017 at 11:32am Reply

  • Aysin: Sounds delish! But fat-free yogurt? What isn’t this? 1986?? June 26, 2017 at 10:03am Reply

  • LakeladyP: Any idea on how many servings this would make? Surprised that it doesn’t give that information. June 26, 2017 at 7:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just switched recipe cards and for some reason, a few recipes had that info deleted. I have my developers working on a fix. So sorry for the inconvenience! June 28, 2017 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Red: I love this coleslaw! I’ve actually been making something similar for years, only with Miracle Whip, not mayo. It adds tang that I love. Twenty years ago this was all I ate for lunch. I lost 45 lbs. in 3 months that way. I also added pineapple chunks, or Mandarin orange slices to keep it interesting. Making pulled pork sandwiches this week, and this will be an awesome addition. My husband says he’s not a coleslaw fan, but if he doesn’t eat it, the more for me! June 27, 2017 at 10:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That is awesome! Thanks for the comment! June 28, 2017 at 11:45am Reply

  • Andrea: Made this today and WOW is it tasty. I would have never thought of adding green onions to coleslaw, but what a difference it makes. Will definitely make again August 26, 2017 at 12:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it Andrea! August 31, 2017 at 10:12am Reply

  • Bianca: Made this today and it was delicious! I like that it has a lot of flavor without a ton of fat and calories. I used a pre-shredded coleslaw and it was super quick and easy. It went great with Asian-marinated, grilled chicken. I will definitely make this again and will probably add pineapple tidbits and toast the almonds. Thank you for creating and sharing this recipe! September 4, 2017 at 4:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it – thanks Bianca! September 7, 2017 at 11:17am Reply

  • Carol S: Can this be frozen? October 3, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

  • Holly T.: Can you use red onion instead of green? November 2, 2017 at 5:23am Reply

  • Rachel Miller: Yummy! November 5, 2017 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Carolyn Potter: Excellent recipe! Made it for the first time for family dinner. Very tasty. Wouldn’t change a thing! November 5, 2017 at 6:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carolyn! November 6, 2017 at 10:45am Reply

  • Tessa A Simpson: I love this too! I had to half the dressing for our taste, as well as reduce the honey amount even further, but love this combo! Thanks! November 5, 2017 at 6:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you love it – thanks for commenting! November 6, 2017 at 10:45am Reply

  • nidia: what are the nutritional values? calories etc? November 7, 2017 at 1:01pm Reply

  • Kim: I was looking for an alternative cranberry recipe to a classic cranberry sauce for my Thanksgiving menu. This is it! Thank you for the recipe and thank you to all the commenters for helping me decide that this is the one to choose. Looking forward to it! November 17, 2017 at 9:25pm Reply

  • Karen: Added a few extra sunflower seeds and yellow raisins what a wonderful salad turned out great . November 22, 2017 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Karen! November 27, 2017 at 12:09pm Reply

  • Migi: Delicious!! We made this exactly as written with the exception of lightly toasting the almond slices. This made a nice light side dish on Thanksgiving. November 24, 2017 at 5:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Migi! November 27, 2017 at 2:33pm Reply

  • Michelle: Yum! This is SOOO good! Great with pork tenderloin. December 31, 2017 at 3:16pm Reply

  • Lee: I used this receipe just like yours instead of greek yogert i used sour cream. And instead of almonds I used walnuts because I did not have almonds or yogert on hand. The best slaw I have ever had. January 6, 2018 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Diane: This looks marvelous! I love the addition of cranberries and apples– two of my favorites! 🙂 January 8, 2018 at 7:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Diane! January 8, 2018 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Marilyn Peters: This turns out fabulous and the dressing is perfect. To save time purchase the pre-chopped Slaw Mix. You can also add drained/patted dry Mandarin oranges for additional color and vitamins. The honey roasted almonds are fabulous on this as well. January 18, 2018 at 11:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great tips! Thanks Marilyn! January 23, 2018 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Karen Edgar: I am eating my delicious cole slaw as I type. I love it. I just bought a spiralizer and shredded the cabbage myself. Easy peasy. I bought matchstick carrots and pretty much followed the recipe to the tee. My husband won’t eat it so I kept the dressing separate to eat again tomorrow. Thank you for a great recipe. I’m thinking walnuts and/or sunflower seeds would be nice also. January 24, 2018 at 3:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great ideas! Thanks for the feedback Karen! January 26, 2018 at 9:28am Reply

  • MiMi: What an awesome slaw!!! I made this for a girlfriends birthday luncheon and it was a big hit. It was great with the pecan crusted pork chops and twice baked potatoes. Both birthday girls loved the entire menu and this slaw is the best slaw any of us have ever had. It’s a keeper. ❣️ January 25, 2018 at 4:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Mimi! January 26, 2018 at 9:46am Reply

  • Karen Lairsen Jones: Fabulous!
    Served it at a house warming party for my client & received RAVE reviews! February 3, 2018 at 4:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear it! February 5, 2018 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Carol J Mastin: I made this tonight and we loved it. I was feeling short on time and energy and it was late. I had some rotisserie so I just cut it up and added it to the coleslaw. Voila’ dinner ! My husband loved it and had two big bowls. I actually added some walnuts too. The almonds just didnt seem to add much flavor. I think pecans would be fantastic too!! I threw in some raisins because I was a bit short on the cranberries. It reminded me of carrot raisin salad a bit, just a bit sweet, but still nutricious !! I used the broccoli slaw mix so it was more than just cabbage and carrots since it has the shredded broccoli. I actually had a little bit of crushed pineapple laying around. Since I was short on yogurt, I used some mayo, and just added in the pineapple juice which thinned it down a bit so it wasnt so rich. I added some of the crushed pineapple too because it gives it another layer of flavor, and a touch of sweetness. Thanks so much ! I will be making this during summer when its too hot to cook !! February 5, 2018 at 9:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review Carol! February 8, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

  • mechelle: Real Mayo Or Miracle whip March 26, 2018 at 9:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Definitely real mayo :) March 26, 2018 at 9:38pm Reply

  • Lori: Made this for Good Friday fish fry at our friends home who has this yearly! Fantastic flavour combo! Love love love it! March 30, 2018 at 9:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback! April 2, 2018 at 3:15pm Reply

  • Anna: I don’t like coleslaw. I never have, and I can’t even exactly tell you why. But this recipe I could eat directly from the serving bowl and could eat the entire recipe on my own. It absolutely amazing, and is now the only coleslaw recipe we make in my house April 11, 2018 at 4:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know it was enjoyed! April 12, 2018 at 11:49am Reply

  • Jody: I ran to the store and forgot the yougurt 🤦🏻‍♀️. Can I use buttermilk or extra mayo? April 16, 2018 at 7:51am Reply

    • Jody: Yogurt* April 16, 2018 at 7:52am Reply

  • Carrie: I used vanilla yogurt instead and lots of honey :) so yummy! May 5, 2018 at 3:20pm Reply

Add your comment:

Copyright 2011-2018 Cooking Classy | Privacy Policy
Design by cre8d