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Apple Coleslaw (One Pot)

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Quick and easy apple coleslaw recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 15 minutes. Creamy, tangy dressing coats shredded cabbage, carrots, apples. Topped off with cranberries and pecans.

This fresh, bright salad is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, and even as a light lunch throughout the week. It is wonderful on its own or as a topping. The possibilities are truly endless! This Creamy Coleslaw (One Bowl) and Oil And Vinegar Coleslaw (One Bowl) are 2 more classic options for you to try as well and if you are feeling adventurous, try this Asian Slaw or Coleslaw (One Bowl) or this Easy Carrot Slaw (One Bowl).

Easy Apple Coleslaw in Glass Bowl on White Background

How To Make Apple Coleslaw Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Make dressing– By mixing together yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, ginger powder, salt, pepper.
  2. Add veggies and nuts– This includes cabbage, carrots, apples, parsley, pecans, cranberries.
  3. Toss- To combine everything together.
  4. Enjoy! Serve immediately.

What To Serve With Easy Apple Slaw Recipe?

This fresh slaw makes a wonderful side dish with any beef and chicken main course:

You can even use it as a filling/ topping in:

Homemade Coleslaw Dressing

Combine the following ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix until smooth. Then, store in fridge for up to 1 week or use immediately.

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt Full fat, Plain
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise Full fat
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey Or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Ginger powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
Overhead Shot of Apple Cabbage Slaw in Glass Bowl on White Background

Variations For Apple Cabbage Slaw

Fennel slaw– Add thinly sliced fennel for even more flavor.

Kale apple slaw– Mix in some washed and chopped kale.

Add other vegetables– Such as broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, or brussels sprouts.

Use other types of apples– I use red apples, but you can use green for a tart option if you like. You can even add a combination of apples to mix things up.

Add other nuts– Such as walnuts, pistachios, or cashews.

Add seeds– Such as roasted pumpkin, pepita, or sunflower seeds.

Add other dried fruits- Such as cherries, raisins, apricots, or even dried mango. Make sure they are chopped small.

Add shredded coconut– For added texture and sweetness.

Add juices– Such as lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice.

Add herbs– Such as fresh cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, dill e.t.c.

Add cheese crumbles- Such as blue cheese or feta.

Try onions– Such as thinly sliced green onions, shallots, yellow or white onions for a different flavor.

Tips And Techniques

Adjust amount of vinegar- Add more for a strong tangy flavor or add less for a subtle tanginess.

Use full fat Greek yogurt– Because it very thick and creamy compared to regular yogurt.

Greek yogurt substitute– Sour cream is a decent substitute.

Honey substitute– Try using maple syrup, agave syrip, brown sugar, or granulated sugar. The flavor will change slightly, depending on the sweetener being used.

Will apple brown in coleslaw? The apple cider vinegar is acidic enough that it will help prevent the apples from oxidizing and turning brown.

Why is my coleslaw soggy and runny? How to fix it? Make sure to serve this slaw immediately. It will become more soggy and runny the longer it sits because the vinegar and salt draw water out of the cabbage. Avoid that by serving it right away.

Apple cider vinegar vs. Distilled white vinegar- Apple cider vinegar is brown and made from apples. It also has more nutritional value than distilled white vinegar, and is a better flavor for this coleslaw. You can also use a combination of both vinegars. Distilled vinegar is very strong and doesn’t have the subtle apple flavor.

Homemade cabbage mix vs. Store-bought mix- Either can be used. I like to use the shredded bagged mix because it’s convenient and you save time.

Serve a crowd– Make a bigger batch by doubling or even tripling all the ingredients.

Spoonful of Apple Slaw -Closeup Shot


Make ahead instructions– Make the dressing and keep it separately from the veggies in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Then, toss everything together and enjoy.

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days, but it won’t be as crunchy anymore.

Freeze– You cannot freeze coleslaw because of the water content in the veggies and fruit. They will not thaw well, and the texture will be very unappetizing.

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One Pot Apple Coleslaw

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Quick and easy apple coleslaw recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 15 minutes. Creamy, tangy dressing coats shredded cabbage, apples, carrots. Topped off with cranberries and pecans.
Yield: 8 People


  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, Full fat, Plain
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, Full fat
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey, Or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Ginger powder
  • Salt, To taste
  • Pepper, To taste
  • 7 cups Shredded cabbage
  • 1.5 cups Carrots, Cut into matchsticks
  • 2 Apples, Washed, Diced, Red, Can be cut into matchsticks too
  • 1/2 cup Parsley , Fresh, Washed, Finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Pecans, Toasted, Roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Cranberries


  • In a large mixing bowl or salad bowl, make dressing by mixing together yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, ginger powder, salt, pepper until smooth.
  • Add cabbage, carrots, apples, parsley, pecans, cranberries and toss to combine everything together.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. The slaw won’t be as crunchy any more. 


Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 336mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 4426IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 211
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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