Tangy Apple Coleslaw

Apples add a fruity and tart flavor that really stands out in this tangy slaw. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Sweet and tart Granny Smith apples, along with the standard cabbage and carrots, are paired with a tangy-sweet sour cream dressing for a slaw that outdoes the standard with its bright, tart flavor.

Why this recipe works:

  • A sugar-and-salt mixture purges the cabbage of excess moisture, leaving it tender, but still crunchy, and well seasoned.
  • Sour cream adds a distinct tanginess to the dressing that pairs well with the apple.
  • Granny Smith apples add a fruitiness and compliment the already sweet and tart flavor of the dressing.

Tangy Apple Coleslaw

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 10-12
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
Special equipment:Mandoline (optional)
This recipe appears in: 5 Delicious Coleslaw Variations


  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 large head green cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), finely shredded on a mandoline or by hand
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt


  1. 1

    For the Dressing: Whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, honey, black pepper, mustard powder, and poppy seeds in small bowl.

  2. 2

    For the slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, and apple in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and toss to combine. Let stand five minutes, then transfer to a large colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

  3. 3

    Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin dry. Alternatively, transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet lined with a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and blot mixture dry with more towels. Return to large bowl.

  4. 4

    Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and/or sugar.

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