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Cabbage Radish and Apple Cole Slaw

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!

Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for something to do with leftover radishes and this might be my new favorite salad. I subbed honey for the sugar and mixed all the ingredients together in one bowl. I love the balance of flavors and the bite from the celery seed. Delicious!

- Maureen, blog reader

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.

"Excellent coleslaw. I made it with maple syrup instead of sugar and only 1 teaspoon because I follow the whole food plant based diet. I will make this one often I believe. Thank you."

Reader review

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

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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!

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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 and Radish Cole Slaw

Cabbage, Apple and Radish Cole Slaw

Yield: 7

Ingredients

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

Dressing

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoon water
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery seed
  • a shake of powdered mustard
  • a shake of salt and pepper

Instructions

  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. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill before serving.

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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. 

Cris

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

I like to make this dish with a slight asian twist. In the dressing i omit celery seed and add about an 1/8th teaspoon (just a few drops) of sesame oil, and add toasted sesame seeds and a sprinkle of thin sliced green onion at the end.

Traci F

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Finally! Something delicious to do with all the bunches of radishes I get from CSA! This was really good!

Michelle Goth

Monday 24th of October 2022

Haha yes! This is my go-to for all the CSA radishes too. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Maureen

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for something to do with leftover radishes and this might be my new favorite salad. I subbed honey for the sugar and mixed all the ingredients together in one bowl. I love the balance of flavors and the bite from the celery seed. Delicious!

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Maureen, thank you for the feedback. I love this recipe too! Especially when I have leftover radishes on hand! :)

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