Apple Cranberry Coleslaw


Crisp apples, dried cranberries and a homemade dressing – simple and delicious and pretty!

Have you ever run across a food that you don’t get tired of? This apple cranberry coleslaw is that food for me.  Okay, besides pizza.  But really, I can eat this 3-4 times a week without getting tired of it.  I mix it up occasionally and add different things to it… sometimes bacon, sometimes chicken, both is fantastic.  Chicken was always an easy addition if we had leftovers from the night before. But if I don’t have leftover chicken, cooking chicken for lunch seems just too hard.  So I was looking through my pantry and saw I had a can of salmon.  I figured it couldn’t be too bad in this salad, right?  I loved it.  It had just the right balance for my taste.  And it was easy – no cooking involved for lunch! I also added some sunflower seeds and it gave it that little bit of salty goodness that those little seeds give.  That combination is my favorite. Add the salmon and sunflower seeds to the salad right before you eat it.


Another reason to love this salad – it keeps for a couple days in the refrigerator. I love eating salads, but I don’t love making salads every day. A couple of my boys like this salad too, so it’s usually gone before it gets soggy.  We live in the middle of nowhere – 20 miles from the nearest grocery store – so I stock up on foods when I make a trip because you don’t just run to town for one thing.  You plan your trips every time and try to buy foods that stay fresh longer than a couple days.  Coleslaw and apples are always on my list.

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Start by chopping your apples in bit sized pieces.  This recipe is very forgiving – you just add what you’d like until it tastes right to you. Some people like more apples, some like less apples.  Then toss it together with the apple cider vinegar.  A little orange or lemon juice would work too.  Then add the mayonnaise and honey and mix it together. Then mix in the coleslaw and dried cranberries. Now it’s time to taste it.  Add a little more apple cider vinegar if it tastes too bland.  Add a little more mayo if it’s too dry. Add a little salt and pepper if you’d like. Make it how you love it!


I’ve brought this to potlucks before and it is always is a hit. I’d love to know what you think and what creative additions you’ve tried!



Apple Cranberry Coleslaw by Yumbiance


  • 1 package of coleslaw (about 16oz)
  • 4 small apples, chopped (my favorite is Honey Crisp; Gala is good too)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop the apples into bit-sized pieces. Add the chopped apples into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix with the apples.
  3. Add the mayonnaise and honey and mix well.
  4. Mix in the coleslaw and dried cranberries.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Tips: If you'd like it a bit tangier, add some more apple cider vinegar
  7. If it seems to dry, add a bit more mayo.
  8. Additional add-ins:
  9. I personally like sunflower seeds or sliced almonds added to the salad.
  10. Make it a meal by adding some grilled chicken and bacon. Or something else that's really good with this salad is adding canned salmon. I always keep a few cans of salmon on hand for a quick easy lunch or dinner!







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