For a crunchy, sweet, and tangy twist on traditional coleslaw, make this delicious Cranberry Apple Coleslaw. Toss the easy homemade dressing with coleslaw mix, dried cranberries, crisp apples, walnuts, and green onions together and serve with a holiday meal, weeknight dinner, or a picnic or potluck. It’s a wonderful side dish for any time!
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
We love coleslaw for a fresh, crunchy side dish, and this Cranberry Apple Coleslaw is really something special. You’ll love how homemade coleslaw is so quick and easy to make any time you need a yummy cold side salad.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Cranberry Apple Coleslaw (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):
- Mayonnaise – mayo is the base of the dressing and adds a nice rich, creamy texture.
- Plain yogurt – plain yogurt lightens the dressing and adds a delicious tangy flavor.
- Honey – the honey is used to sweeten the dressing. Agave nectar can work as well.
- Dried ground ginger – the ginger gives the dressing a little kick of flavor.
- Coleslaw mix – buy the bagged coleslaw mix in the produce department that contains the cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots.
- Apple – use any fresh apple you like.
- Dried cranberries – dried cranberries as a chewy, sweetness to the salad.
- Walnuts – use raw or roasted walnuts, depending on your preference.
- Green onions – chop up fresh green onion for extra flavor and color in the coleslaw.
How to Make Apple Coleslaw
In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while making the coleslaw.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the coleslaw.
Add the dressing and toss well to combine.
- Pecans – instead of walnuts, try pecans.
- Apples – for more color, use a mixture of chopped red and green apples.
- Raisins – instead of cranberries, golden raisins can be used in the salad.
How to Store the Leftovers
Keep the leftover coleslaw in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Toss well before serving again. The fresh ingredients do tend to break down and release juices that impact the flavor and texture of the coleslaw, so it is best served fresh.
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Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
- In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while making the coleslaw.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the coleslaw. Add the dressing and toss well to combine.