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This apple slaw recipe is easy and fast. It makes a great side salad or addition to tacos or sandwiches. It especially pairs well with pork!

Try my Best Coleslaw for another summer favorite.

simple apple, cabbage, and carrot slaw in a beige bowl

The idea for this creamy apple coleslaw recipe came about when I was thinking of what to top pork tacos with. Pork and apples go together like salt & pepper, and I can’t resist a good slaw.

I figured this recipe is tasty enough to stand on its own, so that’s why you’re seeing it here rather than just on that pork tacos recipe.

Need an apple slaw for pulled pork or pulled chicken? This one will work great.

I made a classic coleslaw recipe earlier this summer, and it’s what this recipe is based on. I just love coleslaw so much. On the rare occasion that I get KFC, the coleslaw is a must-have for me. I enjoy it almost as much as the crispy chicken. Almost. 😉 It’s just as easy to make delicious coleslaw at home, though. And it’s a little bit healthier for you as well!

apple slaw in a glass serving bowl

How to make apple slaw

To make it easy, we use a bagged coleslaw mix (shredded white and purple cabbage and carrots). Such a good time saver. I then finely chopped a green and apple and a red apple, added some scallions, and made a quick dressing out of mayo, sour cream, a little sugar, vinegar, and lime juice.

It’s quick, and I think you will enjoy homemade coleslaw dressing more than the store bought kind!

This red and Granny Smith apple slaw can be made a few hours ahead; that is not an issue. It’ll keep in the fridge for a few days as well.

apple and cabbage slaw with creamy dressing in a beige bowl

Do you love coleslaw as much as I do? I hope you’ll give this easy apple slaw a try!

Questions? Ask me in the comments below.

This simple apple slaw has cabbage, carrots, scallions, red and granny smith apples, and a tangy and sweet creamy dressing. This coleslaw recipe is great for pulled pork sandwiches!
4.75 from 4 votes

Apple Slaw Recipe

This apple slaw recipe is easy and fast. It makes a great side salad or addition to tacos or sandwiches. It especially pairs well with pork!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (use white or cider)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 pound coleslaw mix
  • 1 small bunch scallions chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple chopped fine (or julienned)
  • 1 red apple chopped fine (or julienned)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the mayo, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, and some salt & pepper to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust ingredients if needed to suit your tastes (e.g. add more sugar or vinegar).
  • Prep your apples and scallions. 
  • Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl, along with the apples and scallions. Pour the dressing over top and toss until combined. Season with extra salt & pepper as needed (this is a fairly big salad so I am generous with both). 
  • Coleslaw can be served immediately or chill it for a few hours first. 


  • This recipe can serve anywhere from 4-8 depending on how much people eat.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 148mg, Potassium: 220mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 258IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kimberly Williams says:

    Sounds very good. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you.

    1. Natasha says:

      Let me know how it goes, Kimberly! Hope you love it!

  2. Cheryl Greem says:

    Do you peel the apples?

    1. Natasha says:

      I don’t, but feel free to if you prefer. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. AngelaML says:

    4 stars
    I’ve always loved coleslaw. I made this to add to my sister’s Thanksgiving dinner as an extra side dish. We had apples from our local orchard and it seemed like a good addition that would go with all her traditional turkey/ham and vegetables.

    I made it exactly as the recipe stated and the amounts were perfect – I’m kind of perplexed by the people saying there was not enough mayo. While it was delicious, we all felt it needed a little “more” something. My mom suggested maybe adding chopped walnuts and I might also put a few dashes of smoked paprika next time. Definitely a nice find, thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!! The walnut/smoked paprika idea sounds great to me!

  4. Lori says:

    5 stars
    I have made this coleslaw several times, my family loves it. I’m making it today and we are having pulled pork sandwiches to go with it. Thanks for the recipe

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!!! You’re very welcome! 🙂

  5. Toni says:

    How long will it last in the fridge? 3 days?

    1. Natasha says:

      I’d say about that, yes. 🙂

  6. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    This slaw was fantastic on top of pulled pork sandwiches! Family loved the apples as it added some great texture. I ended up needing a bit more mayo than the recipe called for. I found that the flavors were better after chilling in the fridge for a few hours as opposed to serving right away. I added a bit more sugar to the dressing and topped off with a lot of black pepper. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent… so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Roy says:

    I’ve made it a couple of times It is very good, but I add a lot more mayo than 1/2 cup!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha the more mayo the merrier! I’m so glad you liked it, Roy!

  8. Nancy says:

    I have tried and tweaked countless coleslaw recipes over the years, searching for perfect balance of flavors. My search is over. This recipe is everything I want in a coleslaw – tangy, crunchy, and perfectly seasoned. I served it with pulled pork sandwiches, but it will easily go with anything off the grill (brats, burgers, chicken), or even as a side for Thanksgiving dinner.
    I added both white and cider vinegar – doubling the amount, because my Greek yogurt was very thick, and I wanted to boost the tang.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful! I am so happy to hear that you like it, Nancy!! I agree… it’s disappointing when coleslaw doesn’t quite hit the spot!

  9. Carol says:

    The KFC slaw is a little spicy. How would you recommend making this a bit zingy?

    Best, Carol

    1. Natasha says:

      Hmmm… maybe try adding some white pepper?