Creamy apple slaw is one of my favorite summertime dishes! There is something about the refreshing tanginess and light flavors of apple slaw that bring me back to my childhood every time!

Crunchy cabbage and creamy dressing are mixed with tart apples to give you a perfectly balanced side dish that pairs well with a ton of dishes!

Creamy Apple Slaw in a bowl

I find that the celery seed and grainy mustard really add a nice flavor to this apple slaw recipe without being too overpowering.

Cabbage and apple slaw is really easy to make and keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can make it in advance and just pull it out when it’s time to eat!

To save even more time with this recipe, I like to buy the carrots pre shredded so I don’t need to worry about doing it myself!

This dish is extremely versatile, too. You can add a variety of things such as pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, or even change it up with some red cabbage!

Bowl with Creamy Apple Slaw

I love making this for summer season because it is so refreshing. It works perfectly as a side dish for barbecues or even potlucks!

Creamy apple slaw is the perfect slaw to add to pulled pork dishes like these pulled pork sandwiches too!

What do you serve with coleslaw?

Because it is so creamy, coleslaw pairs very well with anything meaty or tangy, such as dishes with barbecue sauce

I love pairing coleslaw with dishes like pulled pork, beans, grilled meats, steak, corn, and potatoes!

Coleslaw goes really well on its own, too. Coleslaw is universally known as a summertime food because it tastes so light and refreshing when served cold as a side dish!

Can you freeze coleslaw?

If you intend to freeze your apple slaw, use caution! In my experience, mayo based dressings can separate. This results in a watery and grainy texture that may affect the overall flavor of the dish.

If you are making coleslaw with a cream based dressing, you may have more luck freezing it!

A great way to use up your leftover coleslaw without freezing it is by creating spring rolls with it! Add some meat or beans and you are good to go!

If you freeze your coleslaw, make sure it is eaten within 3 months!

Creamy Apple Slaw in a bowl with wooden spoons

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Creamy Apple Slaw Recipe

Crisp cabbage and juicy apples in a delicious creamy dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings



  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • 4 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 tart apples cored julienned (or shredded)
  • 1 cup carrots shredded


  • Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl & set aside
  • Toss with slaw ingredients
  • Allow to sit for at least 1 hour before serving
5 from 112 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 142 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2740IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


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  1. I made this again today. I’ve lost track of the number I of times I’ve made it. Today I cut up grapes in place of the apples! So good!5 stars

  2. Simple, uses basic kitchen ingredients and just plain yummy! I omitted celery seed, not a fan. I added green pumpkin seed, Pepitas.5 stars

  3. Just made this for a tailgate tomorrow. I added toasted slivered almonds and a cup of golden raisins. My husband just tried it (it hasn’t even “sat” yet) and he just said “Wow! Crazy good.” Thanks for the keeper!5 stars

  4. I made it this weekend and it was a big hit. Both kids and adults really enjoyed it. Super simple to throw together, too. Thank you for this recipe!5 stars

  5. I have made various coleslaw recipes that include apples, but this one is my favorite. I think it’s because it has less sugar than others, and just the right amount of tang. I like to add about .25 cup of minced red onion to mine, but that’s the only change I’ve made. Thanks for a tasty recipe!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Priscilla, but that should work just fine. I would finely mince 1 rib of celery in place of the celery seed.

  6. Your recipes are the best Holly! Thank you for sharing.
    I have printed so many out so many of them and all have been so delicious.
    You are the best.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Glenda, this made my day! I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes.

  7. Love the Creamy Apple Slaw recipe! Have been making it for a couple years now. My whole family loves it. Much lighter than regular Cole slaw and such a great taste! Thanks.

  8. Simple ingredients, tasty results. I served this on Pulled Pork Sandwiches. It was just the right sweetness to offset my spicy BBQ sauce.5 stars

  9. I love this coleslaw recipe! I’ve made it countless times. My family loves it too! I grew up with coleslaw and this is my go-to recipe now. So many good recipes, thank you!5 stars

  10. We love this recipe! My husband, who won’t try anything new even tried it and has asked for it again. I shared with a neighbour also and was told it was the best coleslaw he’s ever had. I will definitely make this one again and I may add a few raisins to my serving.5 stars

    1. Hi Leslie, it should be okay to prepare two days in advance. We would love to hear how it turns out for you.

  11. I love this recipe! The dressing is delicious. The only change I make is to use broccoli slaw to get more nutrients.5 stars