Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw

10.20.2015

Crunchy, fresh and delicious, this Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw 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!

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 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.

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Cranberry Almond Apple Slaw

4.95 from 40 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
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

154 comments

  • Susan: Amazing side dish for any occasion. We tried it for Thanksgiving and I’m making it for Christmas too! Thanks! December 24, 2018 at 9:04am Reply

  • Elaine Winkel: I made this today to bring to a Christmas party tonight. It’s absolutely delicious. The dressing amount is just right for the amount of ingredients. I added 2 TBSP of Dijon mustard as recommended and it really took it over the top. I’ll definely make it again. December 21, 2018 at 12:43pm Reply

  • Ismini: Adorable recipe! The only change I’ve made ia that I did not use cranberries but raisins…Thank you so much! December 9, 2018 at 11:43am Reply

  • Amanda: Hi this sounds delicious. I was wondering if I can use some other dressing because I don’t like mayo but a little is okay and I can’t have any dairy. Really can’t wait to make this! December 6, 2018 at 4:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes another dressing would be fine. December 6, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Josie: My family enjoyed this recipe. I cut it down 1/2 to make a smaller amount . It was great. December 2, 2018 at 6:47am Reply

  • MKW: Happy Thanksgiving!!! This is year #2 of this making it to the Thanksgiving feast menu. The first year I forgot to pull it out until dinner was almost over but it still got rave reviews. It showed up also for this year’s work potluck. About to make the dressing now, roasted the almonds last night. Will toss it together about 2 hours before dinner. Thank you for a go-to recipe! Cheers!!! November 22, 2018 at 1:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear youve enjoyed it for a few years, hope you use the recipe for many more! Happy holidays! November 22, 2018 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Christine: For the apple Cider, is it 2 tbsp. or 2 tsp? Thanks. ( I will be making it soon) November 16, 2018 at 7:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is 2 Tablespoons and be sure to use apple cider vinegar. November 17, 2018 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Corina: Substituted medium firm organic tofu for the yogurt. Used a blender instead of whisk. Found it a bit too sweet so will reduce the amount of honey next time.
    Delish! September 16, 2018 at 12:48pm Reply

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