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Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

This post contains a simple recipe for an apple and cranberry coleslaw with a sweet-tasting vinaigrette, made without using mayonnaise.

This makes this a wonderful accompaniment when you want something sweet to go with the savoury dish you are serving.

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Sweet Coleslaw Recipe

This is a slightly unusual coleslaw recipe as it includes cranberries, apple and walnuts to add a bit of excitement to the dish.

The coleslaw dressing is yoghurt and olive oil based, and includes mustard and maple syrup. This creates a wonderful mix of contrasting tastes that complement the ingredient mix very well.  


cranberry walnut coleslaw


In this recipe, I used a white cabbage, as that is what I had available. But you could also use some red cabbage to give it a bit more colour and crunchiness.

Or if you are feeling a bit lazy, just buy a pre-shredded coleslaw mix, so you do not have to do any shredding yourself (except the apple…).

What to eat with coleslaw

Coleslaw is really a great side dish to use in different circumstances. It goes wonderfully with a pulled pork sandwich or roll, as a side dish at a BBQ, or as a salad accompaniment to many types of meal, like baked potatoes or anything savoury.

This recipe is particularly sweet, because of the maple syrup in the dressing and the apple and cranberries in the shredded vegetables.


sweet coleslaw recipe


This makes it a great salad to mix with meals where you have a stronger taste associated, like a steak with blue cheese sauce, for example.

Here it was a perfect when the combination of the strong and salty taste of the cheese counteracted with the sweetness of the coleslaw.


coleslaw with blue cheese steak

Coleslaw with steak and a blue cheese sauce


If you are wanting to vary this recipe, you could try using poppy seeds instead of sesame seeds, or add almonds instead of walnuts, or replace the maple syrup with some runny honey.


cranberry apple coleslaw

Apple Cranberry Coleslaw


If you want a more traditional coleslaw taste then you may want to investigate using mayonnaise as a base instead of yoghurt, and leaving out the sweet ingredients. All variations are possible.

You can store this coleslaw in the fridge for a day or so. You may find that the dressing becomes a bit watery after a while. This is normal and is because of the juice from the apple. Just mix back before serving.

I hope you enjoy making this recipe. If you do make it, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make apple and cranberry coleslaw

coleslaw with sweet dressing

Apple Cranberry Coleslaw

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This simple recipe will show you how to make an apple cranberry coleslaw with a sweet-tasting vinaigrette. A tasty healthy side dish for your BBQ or pulled pork.


For the coleslaw

  • 120g carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 120g white or red cabbage (or both), shredded
  • (or a packet of pre-shredded Coleslaw mix)
  • 30g dried cranberries
  • 40 walnuts, chopped into smaller pieces
  • +/- 70g apple, grated (I used a single Royal Gala)

For the Dressing

  • 50ml plain yoghurt
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard


  1. If you are shredding your own vegetables, rather than buying a ready-made coleslaw mix, then do this first. Be aware it will take longer. Also shred the apple. Add the shredded vegetables to a bowl.
  2. Add the cranberries and the walnuts to the bowl and mix well.
  3. For the dressing, put all the liquid ingredients and the sesame seeds into a bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix together well.


Serve up in a bowl.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 929Total Fat: 82gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 70gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 10gSugar: 28gProtein: 17g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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