Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw

October 20, 2015

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Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw – crunchy, fresh and delicious, it’s the perfect side for BBQ’s, parties or picnics!

Made with a simple, tangy homemade dressing and so easy to adapt with your favorite flavors, you can’t go wrong.

Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw in a wooden bowl with a creamy dressing

Cranberry, Almond & Apple Slaw Recipe

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 creamy coleslaw with the addition of apples, cranberries and almonds. 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).

This Cranberry, Almond and Apple Coleslaw recipe 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 homemade coleslaw to go with it!

A side shot of Cranberry Almond Apple Coleslaw

Cranberry Almond Apple Coleslaw Ingredients

For the apple slaw base, you’ll need:

  • Cabbage
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Gala apples
  • Green onions
  • Sliced almonds
  • Dried cranberries

And for the healthier coleslaw dressing, you’ll need:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Mayo
  • Honey
  • Cidre Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper

A close up of Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

How to Make Coleslaw From Scratch

  • Prep the coleslaw ingredients (shred the cabbage, dice the apples, etc.)
  • Whisk together coleslaw dressing ingredients in liquid measuring cup.
  • Toss everything together in a large bowl and serve immediately.

Can I Use Another Dried Fruit Instead of Cranberries?

Yes, feel free to use any dried fruit in this coleslaw recipe. Just make sure to dice the dried fruit if you’re using larger fruit pieces (like dried dates or apples).

Also, depending on how sweet the dried fruit is in comparison to dried cranberries you may need to add more or less honey to balance out all the flavors.

What to Serve with Apple Coleslaw

This apple cabbage slaw pairs well with most meats, which is why I love bringing it to summer potlucks and BBQ’s. A few of my favorite foods to pair with this easy coleslaw are:

Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw in a wooden bowl

Tips for the Best Apple Coleslaw

  • If you’re short on time, you can use a bag of pre-made coleslaw mix instead of shredding the cabbage yourself.
  • You’ll want to use unsweetened Greek yogurt in this recipe.
  • Coleslaw leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge, but this creamy coleslaw is best enjoyed right away.

More Coleslaw Recipes You’ll Love:

More Easy Side Dishes to Try:

Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw

4.96 from 49 votes

Crunchy, fresh and delicious, this Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw is the perfect side for BBQ's, parties or picnics. Made with a simple, tangy homemade dressing and so easy to adapt with your favorite flavors, you can't go wrong!

Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 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

Coleslaw

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

  • You'll want to use unsweetened Greek yogurt in this recipe. 
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 443mg13%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4210IU84%
Vitamin C 46.2mg56%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Coleslaw
Author: Jaclyn

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173 Comments

  • Mary Ellen Hoybook

    This looks delicious. I need a recipe for a church dinner during this pandemic for like 75 people. Everything has to be prepackaged. We are packing picnic bags with Fried chicken, your Loaded Baked Potato Salad and I was thinking this apple slaw. Everything needs to be packaged up the day before. Will the apples turn brown and make this unappealing? I may have to go with a different slaw, but this sounded soooo yummy and a little more special than just cole slaw. Thanks for so many great recipes!!! Glad I found you!!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Unfortunately yes the apples would start to brown. But hope you get a chance to make it otherwise!

  • Jill D

    I skipped the carrot because I was out of them and also used all lowfat Fage Greek yogurt instead of adding mayo. I also added a tbsp of lemon zest and subbed brown sugar swerve for the honey. Refreshing summery slaw. It was a perfect foil for a barbequed turkey breast — I mean it has a lot of those lovely fall fruits and veggies but with a summery barbeque vibe. I would say test your sweet/sour level to your own taste. I also added a pinch of salt.

  • Laurie Nitschke

    Everyone enjoyed this coleslaw! Adults only-don’t know about kids. I served it with bacon wrapped BBQ drumsticks, and Touraine Grolleau, Pinot noir, Gamay (compliments of my daughter from Boston).

  • Patricia Norris

    Not only does this salad look colorful, it is really yummy. I have made it twice and it has always been a big hit. Note: if not serving the same day, the fruit will make dressing less creamy, so I suggest adding a little more mayo the next day.

  • Juanita Seguin

    I am not afraid of mayo, so would it work to just use 1 cup of mayo instead of the yogurt mayo mix?