Delicious, quick and so simple to make, this Easy Apple Coleslaw is the perfect partner to pork, ham, chicken or sausages. It’s also a great potluck, barbecue or picnic recipe!
A real family favourite
This Easy Apple Coleslaw is a real favourite in the Gargano household… in fact, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to put this recipe on Easy Peasy Foodie! The sweetness of the grated apple and tangy flavour of apple cider vinegar gives takes coleslaw to the next level – beautifully balancing the creamy mayonnaise and the other ingredients.
So simple to make
And this Easy Apple Coleslaw really is ridiculously easy to make! All you need to do is mix together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Next add grated carrot and grated apple, followed by finely sliced white cabbage, spring onions and celery. Finally, garnish with nigella seeds and a little more finely sliced spring onion.
Not too creamy
I am really NOT a fan of overly creamy coleslaw – especially the type that’s swimming in sweet, cloying, cheap mayonnaise… Thankfully this Easy Apple Coleslaw is none of these things! While it does have a touch of (good quality!) mayonnaise in it, there’s not too much mayo and it’s nicely balanced by the tangy apple cider vinegar and the acidity in the apples.
How to avoid sloppy coleslaw
Depending on how juicy your apples are, putting the grated apple straight into the coleslaw can make it a bit wet and sloppy. My top tip here is to gently squeeze most of the juice out of the grated apples (into a glass is best, then you can drink your freshly squeezed apple juice – cooks perks!) before adding it into the coleslaw. Totally your call though, if you don’t mind a slightly ‘wetter’ coleslaw, there’s no need to do this step.
Not a fan of tangy coleslaw?
One of the things I love about this Easy Apple Coleslaw is the apple cider vinegar, which gives it a really nice tang, contrasting so nicely with the sweetness of the apples and the creaminess of the mayonnaise. (Apple cider vinegar is also supposed to be really good for you!) However, if you prefer a less tangy flavour, I recommend using only 1 tablespoon of the vinegar, rather than 2.
A word about nigella seeds…
For me, the nigella seeds (also known as black onion seeds or kalonji seeds) add a really lovely extra dimension to this Easy Apple Coleslaw – a touch of extra crunch, a lovely toasty flavour and they also look really pretty. However, if you are not a fan, or you can’t find them, feel free to substitute with a seed or nut you prefer – toasted pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be good substitutes.
What to serve with apple coleslaw?
This easy peasy apple coleslaw is the perfect partner for pork, ham, chicken or sausages. It also works brilliantly as part of a buffet, potluck, picnic or barbecue. This delicious slaw also goes well with turkey and would be a fabulous addition to a boxing day buffet spread.
However, my hands down favourite way to serve this Easy Apple Coleslaw is with my Easy Pork Chops and Homemade Chunky Oven Chips. We have this combo at least once a fortnight in the Gargano house (and my daughter virtually begs for it if I don’t have it on our meal rotation often enough!)
What to drink with apple coleslaw?
This apple coleslaw works brilliantly with dry and off-dry Rieslings – especially if you are serving it with pork or ham! Other good options are Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. And of course, cider also works very well with the apple flavours in this tangy slaw!
What to do with leftover apple coleslaw?
This apple coleslaw keeps well for up to 3 days in the fridge, making it a great ‘make ahead’ option. Any leftovers can be used in sandwiches or with cold cuts the next day.
Can you freeze coleslaw?
No, I don’t recommend freezing this coleslaw.
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Easy Apple Coleslaw
- 4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise (I use Hellmann’s)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or to taste - see Note 1)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 300 g carrot grated on a coarse grater
- 2 small dessert apples grated on a coarse grater (I use Gala – see Note 2)
- ⅓ sweetheart cabbage (AKA pointed cabbage) finely sliced
- 3 spring onions (AKA scallions) finely sliced
- 2 sticks celery sliced
- 2 tablespoons nigella seeds or to taste (optional – see Note 3)
- Place the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the grated carrot and apple and stir well.
- Add the cabbage, spring onions and celery, and stir again.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the nigella seeds and stir well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.
- Sprinkle over the remaining nigella seeds as a garnish and serve.
- Using 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar gives the coleslaw a really nice tang, which contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the apples. However, if you prefer a less tangy flavour, I recommend using only 1 tablespoon of the vinegar.
- Depending on how juicy your apples are, putting the grated apple straight into the coleslaw can make it a bit wet and sloppy. My top tip here is to gently squeeze most of the juice out of the grated apples before adding it into the coleslaw. Totally your call though, if you don’t mind a slightly ‘wetter’ coleslaw, there’s no need to do this step.
- If you are not a fan of nigella seeds (also known as kolonji or black onion seeds), or you can’t find them, feel free to substitute with a seed or nut you prefer – toasted pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be good substitutes.
- Not suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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