Apple Cole Slaw

This Apple Cole Slaw is made with plenty of red apples.

Bowl of Apple Cole Slaw

The best way to describe this delicious, alternative cole slaw recipe is that it’s a crunchy and sweet salad with a slightly sweet and creamy dressing.  Plenty of chopped apples are combined with shredded cabbage.  In  fact, there are more apples than cabbage in this salad!

Dressing ingredients include sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper and poppy seeds.  It’s such a simple salad to make, and it’s perfect for a weekend barbecue.  I love the pop of color that the red apples give the salad too!

Bowls of Apple Cole Slaw

What kind of apples would work well in this Apple Cole Slaw recipe?

The recipe calls for Red Delicious Apples.  Those are the kind of apples that would work best in this recipe.  If you don’t have Red Delicious Apples on hand, there are some equally good substitutions.  Honeycrisp, Gala and Fuji apples would be good used in this salad too.

Bowl of Apple Cole Slaw

I’ve been making this salad (cole slaw) for many years.  It’s one that I’ve brought to potlucks and parties, and it’s one that I’ve served at barbecues too.  Everyone seems to love having cole slaw as a choice on a buffet table.  This variety is always a big hit.  The crunch and sweetness of the apples is so good!

Up close view of Apple Cole Slaw

Suggested additions to this Apple Cole Slaw:

This cole slaw is terrific on its own, but if you’re interested in changing things up… try adding some drained pineapple tidbits and chopped walnuts.

Serving of Apple Cole Slaw

Is this cole slaw a make-ahead recipe?

Yes!  I believe this cole slaw will taste best if made in the morning and enjoyed later in the day.  Leftovers can be enjoyed the next day.  I wouldn’t suggest making it a day ahead.  It’s hard to say how well the apples will keep in the salad overnight.  They should be fine, but that’s not for certain.

Here are a few more cole slaw recipes you might enjoy:

Apple Cole Slaw

A sweet and crunchy addition to cole slaw.


  • 4 1/2 cups thinly sliced red apples, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the apples and cabbage in a large bowl or plastic portable container with a lid. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until combined well. Add to the slaw in the larger bowl and toss well to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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