Creamy Broccoli Slaw is a crunchy, crispy, summer addition to any barbecue, picnic, or potluck! Shredded broccoli is mixed with tart granny smith apples, chewy dried cranberries and crunchy sunflower seeds tossed in a simple creamy dressing!

Serve this as a side or on top of Pot Pulled Pork sandwiches or even in a wrap or burger!

Broccoli Slaw ingredients in a bowl topped with cranberries

What’s in Broccoli Coleslaw?

Why decide between a broccoli salad and a creamy coleslaw when you can have both! This broccoli slaw is the perfect combination of creamy, crunchy and colorful.

Packed with fiber and tons of nutrition, this salad has a colorfully crunchy bite and a tangy taste.  Broccoli slaw is a mixture of shredded broccoli stalks with julienned carrots and a bit of purple cabbage.

Broccoli slaw mixture can be purchased at almost any grocery store along with the bagged salads.

  • Fruits: granny smith apples, dried cranberries
  • Seeds: sunflower seeds
  • Dressing: mayo, vinegar, and sugar

Broccoli Slaw ingredients in a bowl

To Make Broccoli Slaw…

Make this salad in three easy steps!

  1. Salad: Cut granny smith apple into julienne matchsticks or small dice. Toss with lemon juice to keep them from browning.
  2. Dressing: To make the broccoli slaw dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients and set aside in the refrigerator so it can chill.
  3. Combine: Toss all ingredient with chilled dressing to combine.

Refrigerate one hour before serving.

Broccoli Slaw ingredients in a bowl topped with cranberries with sunflower seeds and pepper

To Store Broccoli Slaw

Creamy broccoli slaw will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator as long as it’s kept tightly covered.

It might need to be drained if it gets a little soggy, but add some extra sunflower seeds for crunch and maybe a dash of vinegar!

Serve It Next To…

Broccoli slaw is such a versatile salad all year long! Scoop over a bed of mixed green lettuce and top with croutons or add into a wrap with slices of cooked bacon or even over pulled pork! Add some creamy crunch to your favorite hamburger.

Serve alongside grilled sausages or as a side to hotdogs for a new twist on a summer barbecue!

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Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Shredded broccoli is mixed with tart granny smith apples, chewy dried cranberries and crunchy sunflower seeds tossed in a simple creamy dressing!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 32 ounces broccoli slaw mixture
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cut granny smith apple in half and remove seeds. Cut into fine julienne slices and toss with lemon juice.
  • Mix all dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
4.96 from 87 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 161 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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. Here’s the thing, I did a few things different BUT… some was out of necessity. I used it as my base and believe me, it was so good.
    I only had a 16oz bag AND only using half of it for the 2 of us. I used the mayo, vinegar, surgar, celery seed ( I LOVE) and s&p recipe, not quartered but to our liking. I also added a tiny bit of (fresh) cilantro & dill because we had it. And I mean a tiny bit. We didn’t have the dried cranberries, BUMMER, or dried cherries. Oh well! Our sunflower seeds were rancid BUT, I chopped some dry roasted peanuts and served on top.
    We had it with egg noodles topped with roasted chicken breasts with our Peanut sauce, thai style, no cooking peanut sauce.4 stars

  2. This salad was refreshing and delicious. I also chopped up some fresh pears with the apples. My kids loved it (which is saying something:))
    Thank you for another one of your simple, easy and delicious recipes!!5 stars

  3. This salad was delicious. I made it exactly as described except I realize now that I had halved the dressing by mistake. No wonder I thought there wasn’t enough dressing.

    I went through the trouble of toasting the sunflower seeds in a dry skillet. Totally worth the extra step.

    I’ll be making this one again.

    1. Happy to hear you loved it, Martine! Toasting the sunflower seeds is definitely worth the effort, I agree!

  4. Easy quick and yummy. We had with rockfish for dinner. Swapped the sunflower seeds with walnuts cuz had no sunflower seeds.5 stars

  5. The measurements here seem a bit off to me. There is simply not enough dressing for 32 oz of broccoli slaw mixture. Actually, I made 1.5 of the dressing to cover 16 oz of slaw mixture. I also let it sit for just over an hour which was definitely not enough time. Overnight was the way to go!3 stars

  6. Good recipe! Had to sub out some items raisins for cranberries, orange instead of apple and pine nuts. Just didn’t have the other items.5 stars

      1. It would have been nice to see the ingredients of the “broccoli slaw mix” so that I could make it completely from scratch, but I looked up what’s in the pre-mixed bags and made my own “mix”. I had to sub green cabbage for red but I doubt that changed the flavor much. Good recipe otherwise!4 stars

  7. Recipes like this are great because they are so easy and taste so good. I only used 1 pound of slaw, one prefer a creamy slaw. I can’t imagine it would be enough for 2 pounds of broccoli slaw mixture. The dressing is very good and I ended up doing 1 1/2 times the recipe – which was perfect for our salad.5 stars

  8. So simple, healthy, and so delicious! I used red wine vinegar instead just for the heck of it. Thanks, Holly!5 stars