“Just Bring a Salad” Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw Recipe

  • We’ve all been told “Just bring a salad” when we ask what to bring to a dinner or a BBQ. I’m sure I’m not the only one who then goes searching for a salad recipe that is just a little bit different, but still super tasty. After all, who wants to sit down to yet another potato salad?


    This Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw recipe is the PERFECT salad to take along to share with your friends and family. While they make think it’s ‘just’ a coleslaw, it’s got a few extra ingredients which makes it taste extra special.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    The addition of apple pieces and cranberries give the salad a delicious sweetness. It honestly takes no time at all to put together (and you can make it even make it easier if you use a store-bought dressing – shhh). This one is guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    I’ve made this salad three times over the past two weeks as we can’t get enough of it – even the kids!  It’s perfect served alongside roast pork, sausages, burgers, steak, grilled chicken (anything really!), so it would be the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas dinner.

    This salad will keep for 3 – 4 days in the fridge (it will soften a little if you’ve added the dressing). I’ve also been adding a generous helping of it to my standard salad (baby spinach, tomatoes, carrot, avocado and cheese) each day for a delicious and simple lunch which keeps me feeling full for longer – always a bonus!

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    We’ve all been told “Just bring a salad” when we ask […]

    Prep Time:
    Servings: 6


    • Green cabbage: ½
    • Red cabbage: ½
    • Red apples: 3
    • Celery: 2 sticks
    • Spring onion: 2
    • Dried cranberries: ½ cup
    • Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons
    • mayonnaise: ½ cup
    • buttermilk: ¼ cup
    • apple cider vinegar: 1 tablespoon
    • caster sugar: 3 tablespoons
    • salt and pepper: pinch


    Step 1: Thinly slice the red and green cabbage and place into a large bowl. Finely chop the apple, celery and spring onions and add them to the bowl with the red and green cabbage. Add ¼ cup of the cranberries.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    Step 2: Pour the lemon juice over the salad ingredients and gently stir through.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar and caster sugar and whisk to combine.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

    Step 4: Add the dressing to the bowl with the salad ingredients and stir through to combine.  Sprinkle the remaining cranberries over the top of the salad and serve immediately.

    Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw

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    Images: Lauren Matheson