Red & Green Apple Slaw Recipe: 7 easy steps!

Red & Green Apple Slaw
Red & Green Apple Slaw

Red and Green Apple Slaw Recipe teams with pulled pork sliders, tacos, alongside a chicken schnitzel, or umpteen other dishes to cut through the fatty richness. It’s quick to prepare and is always fresh and crunchy with a lovely zing

Red & Green Apple Slaw Recipe is a favoured salad for us as it’s universally popular and healthy, with plenty of fibre.

At a Glance This Is What You Need To Make Red & Green Apple Slaw

Red & Green Apple Slaw Ingredients


red onion
vegetable oil
caster sugar
salt and pepper

Shopping List

red cabbage
green cabbage
fresh coriander
red wine vinegar

What Apples to Use That Won’t Turn Brown After Cutting?

There’s nothing more off-putting than brown apple slices in coleslaw and it’s so important to use apple varieties that won’t turn brown when cut.

Certain varieties like Pink Lady apples are resistant to browning simply because of higher acid levels that slow oxidation. Apples oxidize, or brown after some time when they are cut because of the fruit’s flesh being exposed to ambient air which contains both oxygen and water

Other apple varieties that won’t turn brown are Gala, Opal, Arctic, Ambrosia, Cameo, Corland, Empire, Ginger Gold, Shizuka or Snowsweet are all good choices for making apple slaw.

Red and Green Apple Slaw with our Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sliders with Red & Green Apple Slaw

Next time you’re planning a meal that’s really rich or fatty try adding this wonderful slaw to the meal. Crisp and crunchy with a lovely zingy taste that cuts through the fat and marries all of the flavours together.

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork was on the menu for a large gathering recently and the red and green apple slaw was the perfect accompaniment to go with it. Pork cooking in the oven and the salad made and ready to be dressed at the last moment. Now that’s what we call hands free entertaining!

Red and Green Apple Slaw Dressing

Apple slaw dressing is refreshing and zingy thanks to using red wine vinegar and lime juice and rounded out with a little sugar.

If you want to make the dressing ahead of time you can just leave out adding the lime juice till you’re just about to dress the slaw as the lime juice ‘flattens’ its zing and freshness if added to the dressing too far ahead.

making the dressing for quick and easy apple slaw in a glass jar
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake to combine. Job done!

Can I Prepare the Slaw Ahead of Time?

The beauty of preparing this red and green apple slaw ahead of time is you can have everything sliced a day or 2 ahead except for the apple and adding the lime juice to the dressing.

Keep the slaw fresh and crunchy by putting the cabbage, carrots, onion and coriander into a salad spinner and giving it all a cold water rinse then spin it dry and pop into a container with a lid or a plastic bag.

When you’re ready to serve slice the apple and add the lime juice to the dressing this way your slaw remains vibrant and fresh.

ingredients in a glass bowl ready to combine for quick and easy apple slaw
When ready to serve just pop the prepared ingredients into a bowl and add the freshly sliced apple then toss with the dressing after the lime juice has been added.

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We’d love to hear from you in the comments below when you make this fresh and zesty apple slaw.

Red and Green Apple Slaw
Yield: 6-8 serves

Red and Green Apple Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Apple slaw is crisp, crunchy and super easy to prepare. Make the dressing ahead and add the lime juice just before tossing the slaw to retain its fresh and zesty citrus flavour.


  • 1/2 small red cabbage 750g (1 1/2 pounds) - core removed
  • 1/2 small green cabbage 750g (1 1/2 pounds) - core removed
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 medium pink lady apples
  • 1 packed cup of coriander leaves


  • 6 tablespoons neutral oil such as canola, peanut or vegetable
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. thinly slice cabbage using a mandolin or sharp knife and add to a large bowl for tossing
  2. halve and thinly slice the onion and add to cabbage
  3. remove the core from the apples leaving the skin on and cut in match stick size pieces and add to bowl
  4. grate carrot using a julienne grater or slice, and cut into very fine pieces and add to bowl
  5. add coriander leaves to bowl
  6. make the dressing by whisking all ingredients together - see notes
  7. toss ingredients with dressing and serve chilled


  • you can wash and prepare the cabbage, onion, carrot, apple and coriander ahead of time and pop into a sealed container refrigerated to keep it crisp and chilled
  • if you're preparing everything say a day ahead leave out the lime juice until just before serving to keep the flavour 'alive' and fresh

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 1mgSodium 211mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 6gSugar 13gProtein 4g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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  1. Super Easy to make, Family and friends really enjoyed the addition of the apple. Great with Taco’s as a share meal.
    Thank you Girls, will definitely be a regular salad this summer.

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Sarah, so pleased you enjoyed the slaw. Regards, Jo and Jen

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