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Apple Coleslaw Salad Recipe

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Starting with Memorial Day weekend and continuing all the way through Labor Day weekend, summer is a season of cookouts and picnics. I love getting together with friends and family, especially when we share the responsibility of preparing the food. I’ve discovered some of my favorite recipes at these potluck events since we all tend to bring our cherished family favorites, like these Sticky BBQ Smoked Chicken Thighs to share with one another.

Apple Coleslaw Salad

At a cookout years ago, I remember a friend bringing what she called “Apple Slaw.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get the recipe from her at the time, but I think I’ve come pretty close after a couple of experiments. This cacophony of sweet and sour, crisp and creamy deliciousness is a flavorful twist on a picnic standard. I call it Apple Coleslaw Salad.

Apple Coleslaw Salad in a green bowl


Some Tips About Making Apple Coleslaw Salad

Don’t be put off by the strange list of ingredients. I know they don’t seem like they should all be combined together, but I promise the result is better than what you’d expect.

Also, your apples should be julienned, but I cut mine to look like french fries to entice the children to eat it (I do whatever I can to get my kids to eat vegetables without complaining!).

If you prefer to make your own coleslaw mix, you can substitute one medium cabbage (finely shredded) and two carrots (peeled and julienned) for the packaged coleslaw.

overhead view of Apple Coleslaw in a green bowl on a brown background

📋 Recipe

Apple Coleslaw Salad Recipe

Corinne Schmitt
This is a great recipe for get togethers!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pkg coleslaw mix
  • 4 Fuji apples peeled, cored, and julienned


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, mayonnaise, poppy seeds, honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw mix and apples.
  • Pour the prepared dressing over the coleslaw mix and apples. Toss until well blended.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour (can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight). Toss well before serving.


Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 411mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Other Side Dish Options For A Picnic

Do you have more than one picnic to attend this summer? If you don’t want to bring the same side dish every time, here’s a recipe for Broccoli Bacon and Cheese Salad, and some other great options from a few of my friends.


Greek-Pasta-Salad in a glass bowl and in a white dish with a fork in it

Greek Pasta Salad from Feeding Big

wild rice and bean salad in a glass bowl

Wild Rice and Bean Salad from Close to Home

Summer-Salad and meat on a plate with title text reading Summer Salad with Garden Vegetables

Summer Salad with Garden Vegetables from Organized 31

spanish-summer-salad in a white dish

Spanish Summer Salad from Homemade for Elle

8 thoughts on “Apple Coleslaw Salad Recipe”

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  3. This is definitely a great twist to a regular coleslaw salad 🙂
    I have all the ingredients at home, so I might just try it. I’m sure we’re going to love it

  4. I love homemade coleslaw, and I also love pairing fruit with salads, so this looks like a dish I would love! It would go perfect with bbq chicken for a salad 🙂 Thanks for the recipe – I can’t wait to try it!

  5. I love the crunchiness of this salad. I am a fan of coleslaw for cookouts, but have never tried it with apple. I am up for trying new things though and I will give this one a try!

  6. Corinne, I admit that I might have balked at trying this cole slaw at first because it uses apples, but I trust you and will try it soon when we grill out.

  7. It sounds so summery! Perfect for picnics 🙂
    Thanks for hosting ‘This is how we roll’.
    I hope you’ll find the time to link up with Idea Box this week:



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