This Creamy Apple Broccoli Slaw is an awesome low carb side dish! Apples and broccoli slaw are mixed with chopped jalapeno, cilantro and a tangy, creamy dressing.
The idea for this Creamy Apple Broccoli Slaw came from a local barbecue joint by my house. Kansas City is known for its barbecue, and we have no shortage of options! I’m lucky though, because my favorite spot is only a few minutes from my house. They have killer ribs, pulled pork and super innovative side dishes.
My favorite side dish at this BBQ restaurant is their Jalapeno Apple Slaw. It hits every note of your taste buds; spicy bits of jalapeno pepper, sweet, crunchy apples and a sweet and tangy creamy dressing. It is seriously the BEST topping every for a pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever had!
I’ve spent months trying to recreate their recipe, and I think I’ve gotten darn close! This Creamy Apple Broccoli Slaw has been a hit at my house, and I’m so excited to share it with you all. I decided to use pre-packaged broccoli slaw to increase the nutritional benefits of this slaw, but I have used traditional coleslaw mix made from cabbage, and it’s excellent, too!
Note that this is NO sugar in this recipe. You can certainly add it, but as it’s written, this recipe is low-carb and keto friendly. I think most coleslaw dressing is a bit too sweet. The natural sweetness of the apples is just enough for me!
A critical part of this recipe is a nice, crunchy apple. I used Pazazz apples. This variety of apples is perfect to add to a slaw because it has an intense crunch! Pazazz apples also have a super balanced flavor; both tart and sweet. My family loves them so much! I wrote a bit more about these excellent apples and how to choose the best apple for your recipes here.
If you’re local to Kansas City, you can find Pazazz apples at Hy-Vee and Aldi stores! They have a long season, available from November through August. Make sure to look for them the next time you do a grocery run!
For more information on Pazazz apples, visit their site here. You can also see more recipes using this delicious apple variety while you're there!
- 1 brocolli slaw mix (12 ounce bag), or shredded cabbage mix
- 1 Pazazz apple, sliced into thin matchstick pieces
- ¼ jalapeno, seeded and diced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- For dressing:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1-2 tsp sugar (optional, do not add if low carb)
- Combine apple, brocolli slaw, jalapeno and cilantro in a medium sized bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and whisk well to combine.
- Add dressing to apple and brocolli mix. Toss well to combine, serve cold.