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 36 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*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 443mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 26g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 84.2%
Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Coleslaw
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

139 comments

  • Dulce: I made this to go with your pulled pork recipe, they went well together and it made simple coleslaw special. April 21, 2019 at 11:18am Reply

  • Julie: This recipe is great, simple, and easy to make with a lot of flavor! Thanks for sharing😀 April 14, 2019 at 5:27am Reply

  • Pamala Capehart: My friend made this for Book Club and it was so delicious. We had it with Corn Chowder and wine of course! She sent me the recipe the next morning and I will be serving it for many dinners! March 2, 2019 at 9:57am Reply

  • Bernadette: This coleslaw is Fantastic ! I am a coleslaw
    “Snob” lol, I rarely, if ever, eat anyone’s slaw but my own. Had dinner at a friend’s, and I tried it just to be polite. Bamm! Two large helpings later, I asked for recipe, and my friend sent me link to
    Pinterest. ( I also brought some home to enjoy with her delicious pulled pork)
    Defiantly a winner, you will not be disappointed!! February 11, 2019 at 10:11am Reply

  • SooperMom: You provide information on the calories per serving, but you don’t say what constitutes a serving. Without that information, the nutrition information is useless. Is it a half cup? A cup? Please let us know. It looks delicious. January 27, 2019 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Mary: This recipe serves 8 so just divide the total recipe into 8 servings and you’ll have the serving size. Hope this helps. February 10, 2019 at 11:49am Reply

  • Angie: Absolutely delicious! January 13, 2019 at 7:57pm Reply

  • Kikka: Looking forward to trying this out! December 31, 2018 at 10:51am Reply

  • Jean Morgan: I made this for Thanksgiving at a family dinner…and what a big hit with everyone! It got raves and recipe requests. I just made it again to take tomorrow. Can’t get enough of this delicious medley of flavors! December 24, 2018 at 4:02pm Reply

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