Fruity Coleslaw With Apple and Raisins

Apple in Coleslaw? Why not. This alternative coleslaw recipe tastes really fresh and sweet, perfect side dish any night of the week. So quick and easy, just mix it and go. Trust me you will never want to buy readymade coleslaw again.

If you’re looking for a fresh tasting side dish, then look no further. Creamy coleslaw is a recipe that can be whipped up quickly and served straight away. It’s great for parties and barbeques and pairs well with many things, especially inside burgers and on the side of fried chicken. Try these Lemon Chicken Bites or this Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger, both go really well with this recipe. You can also pair it with other sides including these potato wedges.

Coleslaw, sometimes simply called Slaw, is usually made with shredded cabbage, that is uncooked and often contains the additions of grated carrot and sometimes, onion. It is served as a side dish all over the world in it’s varying forms. It can be made with mayonnaise or some type of salad dressing.

While coleslaw isn’t the healthiest type of salad you can eat and isn’t totally guilt-free owing to the dressing, it does contain a lot of raw vegetables and fruit. These provide you with a mix of vitamins and minerals. I’ve kept the dressing simple for this coleslaw, it’s just mayonnaise. Unlike some coleslaw recipes, this one does not contain any added sugar in the dressing, you get all the sweetness from the fruit that is added here.

bowl of coleslaw with peelings next to bowl

How to Make Fruity Coleslaw

Making a crunchy fruit coleslaw is a really simple chopping and mixing process, it is no-bake and ready in as little time as it takes you to prepare everything. I particularly like to get the kids involved in making this recipe. They love to help incorporate all of the ingredients and mix the mayo in.

In my opinion coleslaw is best, when the cabbage is finely shredded. I use a mandoline slicer, but you can achieve a fine shred with a food processor (with a slicer attachment) or by hand with a bit of patience.

The carrot should be grated finely and then everything else chopped to your desired size, before being mixed together so all the ingredients are spread throughout. Mayonnaise is then spooned in and stirred through so that everything in the bowl gets a coating.

I really like the colour that the red cabbage provides to this dish, but you can also use a different cabbage instead, if you’d prefer. You can also mix it up and use a variety of cabbages together. Green, red, savoy, or Napa cabbage will all work well.

I use red apples in this recipe, but green ones can work too. Green apples have a sharper, less sweet taste to them than their red counterparts, which you might enjoy more. However, don’t use cooking apples such as Bramley’s in this recipe.

You can increase all ingredients listed to make a larger batch to suit your requirements, if you’re making this for a party for example.

Coleslaw will soften over time, if you prefer it with a little less crunch, try making it at least 3 hours in advance. The salt in the dressing aids in this process, but if you’d prefer it with no added salt, you can leave it out.

Feel free to jazz up the dressing a little. Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and a little lemon juice, make good additions to the dressing and provide extra flavour, if you feel that mayonnaise alone isn’t enough.

You can use a lower fat or vegan mayo in this recipe to suit your needs if required.

Recipe FAQ

How do I store coleslaw?

Coleslaw is best eaten on the day it is made, but it can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may need to remix the ingredients before using as it has a tendency to separate a little after a while.

Can I freeze coleslaw?

I do not recommend freezing this recipe. Some of the ingredients such as the cabbage do not freeze particularly well.

fruity coleslaw recipe

Fruity Coleslaw With Apple and Raisins

Author: Becky
Apple in Coleslaw? Why not. This alternative coleslaw recipe tastes really fresh and sweet, perfect side dish any night of the week. So quick and easy, just mix it and go. Trust me you will never want to buy readymade coleslaw again.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course party, Side Dish
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 4
Calories 265 kcal


  • 90 g Red Cabbage
  • 90 g White Cabbage
  • 1 Small Carrot
  • 2 Sticks of Celery
  • 1 Apple
  • 70 g Raisins
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 100 g Mayonnaise
  • Coarse Black Pepper optional


  • Finely shred the cabbage and place in a large bowl.
  • Peel and grate the carrot and add to the cabbage, mix thoroughly until the carrot is dispersed throughout.
  • Chop the celery, peel and finely chop the apple and add to the bowl. Mix again.
  • Finally, add the raisins and mix.
  • Pour in the mayonnaise and salt and using a large spoon, coat all the ingredients. Grind some pepper in, if using.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes and Guidance

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  • White, Green, Red, Savoy or Napa cabbage will all work well. 
  • Use red apples for a sweeter taste but green apples can also be used. 
  • Make at least 3 hours in advance to give it time to soften, if you’d prefer less crunch to the ingredients. 
  • Lower fat or vegan mayo can also be used. 

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 345mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2871IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple in coleslaw, coleslaw with fruit, crunchy coleslaw
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