This is such a light and refreshing side dish to use leftover radishes! Cabbage, granny smith apple and radish make it crunchy and the dressing is light and sweet!

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner! I’m excited for the barbecues alone, but we’re also planning to spend some time on the boat and attend a family wedding. There is something so sweet about the first barbecue of the season!

Today, I’m sharing my new favorite side dish, a light and healthy Cabbage Radish and Apple Cole Slaw. I used the light, vinegar-based dressing from my Mom’s classic vinegar based cole slaw, which is consistently the MOST popular recipe on my site! I then layered in two varieties of cabbage with crunchy red radishes and tart green apples.

Apple slaw is something I REALLY love, and this recipe combines a classic with something new and fresh!

Cabbage Apple Radish Slaw 2

The addition of granny smith apples and radishes makes this slaw unforgettable! The sweet and tart flavor of the apples add complexity and crunch. This is an AWESOME way to use up leftover radishes, because honestly, who ever needs as many radishes as they give us?

One of the secrets to making this cole slaw perfectly is to cut the radish and apples into small, thin, matchstick sized pieces. This helps these pieces blend in with the cabbage on your fork for a more uniform bite!

Cabbage Apple Radish Slaw 1

You may choose to reduce the sugar by a bit. This is a sweet, vinegar-based dressing. If you are nervous about the sweetness, make the dressing with half the sugar and taste.

You can always add the rest in later. I like to chill this Cabbage, Radish and Apple Slaw in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before I serve it, because it just tastes better cold! 

Cabbage Apple Radish Slaw

Cabbage Apple Radish Slaw

Cabbage, Apple and Radish Cole Slaw

Yield: Serves 7-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This slaw features apples, radishes and a sweet vinegar-based dressing! It's light, crisp and refreshing.


  • 5 cups shredded cabbage, red or green
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apple, cut into matchstick pieces
  • ¾ cup radish, cut into matchstick pieces
  • 2 tbsp white onion, very finely diced

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp water
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • ⅛ tsp celery seed
  • a pinch each of powdered mustard, salt and pepper


  1. Combine cabbage, apple, radish and onion in large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small jar, add sugar, vinegar, water, oil, celery seed, powdered mustard, salt and pepper. Shake or stir until well combined.
  3. Add dressing to cabbage mix, stir well.
  4. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 7 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 94Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 12gProtein 2g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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If you love this recipe, I think you’ll also enjoy this Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw, or my Cream Cheese Corn Casserole with Green Chiles.