Creamy Apple Slaw Recipe

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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!

A large bowl of creamy apple slaw with apple slices on top

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!

A bowl of creamy apple slaw and fresh granny smith apples.

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!

Two wooden spoons serving creamy apple slaw from a large bowl.

If you are new to working with cabbage, make sure you read the ultimate guide to cabbage so you know everything you should before making this dish!

Creamy Apple Slaw

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!

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


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


  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl & set aside
  2. Toss with slaw ingredients
  3. Allow to sit for at least 1 hour before serving

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 Servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 182 Calories

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

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6 comments on “Creamy Apple Slaw Recipe”

  1. This sounds soooo good! Thanks for sharing.

  2. My kind of recipe. Looks good as is and inspires variations. Could substitute flavored mayo and/or other mustards. Can also add nuts or other veggies. Guess I’ll have to make this several times.

  3. This one looks so good, now I’m in the mood to have coleslaw. I never made coleslaw before. i might have to go buy ready made now for a quick fix…LOL

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  4. This looks like a great recipe–thanks!

  5. Looks delicious! My husband loves slaw, and I’m always looking for a way to make it more exciting for the rest of the family! I think everyone will appreciate the flavors in this recipe!

  6. I make this slaw all the time. Seriously. I’ve made it twice in the last week and everyone always comments positively. 

    Rating: 5

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