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Coleslaw with Apples, Cranberries, Almonds & Maple Vinaigrette

coleslaw with apples

If you’re looking for a healthy side dish or easy lunch that’s healthy without sacrificing flavor, this Coleslaw with Apples is for you. Made with a traditional coleslaw mix, this apple coleslaw adds juicy apple, tart cranberries, crunchy almost and is topped with a maple syrup dressing you’ll want to devour!

Why I love coleslaw with apples

  • It uses prepared coleslaw mix which is a win to every busy person on earth.
  • It’s healthy but full of flavor. There’s a party of flavors going on with the cranberries, almonds, apples and dressing.
  • Leftover dressing can be used for salads throughout the week
  • It’s a healthy makes a healthy packed lunch, a potluck favorite, or is the perfect side to grilled pork chops, chicken or steak.
coleslaw with apples

Ingredients in Apple Coleslaw

  • packaged coleslaw with shredded carrots – it’s the base for most coleslaws. If you have cabbage and want to shred it yourself, go for it!
  • apple – for crunch and sweetness
  • almonds – for crunch and to add some robustness to the recipe. Is that a word? I think so….Anyway, use what you have on hand. Raw, roasted, slivered. If you have whole almonds on hand just give them a rough chop and you’re good to go.
  • dried cranberries – I would tell you to find cranberries without added sugar, but those are hard to find. Sometimes you’ll see these called “craisins” depending on what brand they are.
  • garlic – for the base of the dressing
  • Dijon mustard – acts as an emulsifier in the dressing. That’s just a fancy way to saying it brings all the ingredients together. If you don’t have Dijon, go ahead and use prepared yellow mustard.
  • lemon juice & apple cider vinegar – add acidity and balance to the dressing
  • real maple syrup – it’s gotta be the “real” stuff here. It adds the perfect sweetness and another layer of flavor.
  • olive oil – to finish off the dressing.
  • salt and pepper – because it tastes good and we do this in most of our recipes.
apple coleslaw

How to make apple coleslaw

Thanks to some grocery store shortcuts, this recipe is super easy!

Step 1: Make the dressing. In a mason jar or a small bowl combine the garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Add olive oil and whisk to combine or add a lid to your jar and shake vigorously. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed. I usually need an extra sprinkle of salt.

Set aside.

Step 2: Make the salad. In a large bowl, combine coleslaw mix, apples, almond and cranberries. Toss gently to combine.

Drizzle with about half of the prepared salad dressing and toss to coat. (You won’t need all the salad dressing, reserve the rest in the fridge for another use.)

Serve and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers

Because of the lemon juice in the dressing, the dressed salad keeps well for several days. It will start to soften after a bit.

Consider using the leftover dressing to top another salad, or drizzle it over roasted root veggies. Yum!!!

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coleslaw with apples

Coleslaw with Apples, Cranberries & Almonds and Maple Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you're looking for a healthy side dish or easy lunch that's healthy without sacrificing flavor, this Coleslaw with Apples is for you. Made with a traditional coleslaw mix, this apple coleslaw adds juicy apple, tart cranberries, crunchy almost and is topped with a maple syrup dr

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce package coleslaw with shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sweet apple, cut into thin bite size slices
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

To prepare the dressing:

  1. In a mason jar or a small bowl, combine garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add olive oil and whisk to combine or add a lid to your jar and shake vigorously. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

To make the salad

  1. In a large bowl, combine coleslaw mix, apples, almond and cranberries. Toss gently to combine. Drizzle with about half of the prepared salad dressing and toss to coat. (You won't need all the salad dressing, reserve the rest in the fridge for another use.)
  2. Serve and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers

Notes

I like to use a sweet apple in this recipe such as a honeycrisp. You can play around with all sorts of flavors depending on which apple you choose!

To keep the prep simple, I slice the apples and then cut slices in half horizontally. You could dice them, too! If you're looking for a fancier presentation, you can cut them into matchsticks. Do whatever works for you 🙂

Because of the lemon juice in the dressing, the dressed salad keeps well for a day or so. It will start to soften after a bit.

Consider using the leftover dressing to top another salad, or drizzle it over roasted root veggies. Yum!!!

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