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Recipe: Purple Apple Slaw

Pretty and delicious, too The combination of the purple cabbage (a little sweeter than the green) and the apples is awesome. The dressing is my Grandmas recipe. You will be sure to impress your guests

Purple Apple Slaw Ingredients

  • medium head red cabbage, finely shredded

  • cup finely minced white onion

  • 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and finely diced

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • teaspoon salt

  • ? teaspoon pepper

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons milk

How to Make Purple Apple Slaw

  1. In a large serving bowl, toss together the cabbage, onion, and apples. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture, and toss to coat. Chill until serving.

Purple Apple Slaw Nutritions

  • Calories: 160.4 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 7.7 g

  • Cholesterol: 7.2 mg

  • Fat: 14.7 g

  • Fiber: 1.4 g

  • Protein: 0.9 g

  • SaturatedFat: 2.2 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 211.9 mg

  • Sugar: 4.9 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Purple Apple Slaw Reviews

  • Liked this salad very much. I did add a little bit of vinegar to give it a zing. Also I substituted half the mayo with plain yogurt to lower the fat content. My family liked it and didnt notice the yogurt. I liked the color, it makes an attractive salad.

  • Made this recipe several times and keeps coming up a winner. To keep it new with old guests, I added a tablespoon of fresh ground ginger. Surprisingly, nobody could name the taste, but loved the enhanced flavor. We will keep making this one.

  • The dressing for this coleslaw is the best It provides the perfect amount of tartness--something I could never achieve using pickle juice. I made the slaw using green cabbage and only one apple and it was great.

  • I was worried about serving this at a BBQ since it was a little different and had no reviews at the time I made it. I had nothing to worry about though. It got rave reviews from my guests. I enjoyed it as well. I did, however, leave out the onion & added some grated carrot. I am not a fan of raw onion. It still turned out great...and the flavor was good. I may try substituting yogurt next time, like the previous reviewer. Thank you for the recipe.

  • This was really a hit with my family. Gave the recipe to my Mother and she uses it often for family gatherings.

  • Excellent recipe. Made it for a New Years Eve party and had rave reviews. Like others have said, this slaw was enjoyed by cole slaw fans in addition to those who dont normally like slaw. I made this exactly by the recipe and wouldnt change a thing. There is definitely more prep time than a jar of Marzettis and a bag of cabbage but its well worth the time and effort for something different and very tasty that will probably become one of your favorite way to make slaw.

  • We arent big fans of slaws; but we LOVE this recipe

  • Amazing. Not even a coleslaw fan, and I love it.

  • This was very good. Everyone enjoyed the taste, and liked it much better than the typical coleslaw. I also thought it was pretty, which was a plus. Very easy to make.

  • This cole slaw was delicious Its surprisingly not as fruity as I thought it would be, with 2 apples in it. Served it with ham. I made it exactly according to the recipe. Yum

  • Wonderful salad. I also cut the mayo in half and added plain greek yogurt, a splash of apple juice and an extra apple (2 fuji and 1 granny smith)

  • The dressing is wonderful and the fuji apples add a nice zing. It was great even with green cabbage, which is what I had in the house at the mom raved about this recipe

  • Beyond good. Use recipe as written and everyone loved it I made it for a purple and orange (PHX Suns) potluck. Everyone wanted the recipe.

  • Good but I had to make alot of adjustments. I used half cup mayo and half cup plain yogurt. I used a whole head of cabbage and added 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.

  • YumDont like coleslaw and have never made it, but I may have changed my mind....Added some citrus champagne vinegar (had some in the cupboard), about a tablespoon to my doubled recipe, and its fabulous Gives it a little zing with the sweetness. I also cheated, bought the pre-chopped purple cabbage packages, But I did cut my apples into matchstick-like pieces.

  • I made this the other night with a beautiful head of organic cabbage, a couple of organic braeburn apples, and a sweet organic florida onion. I sustituted 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar for the milk and used slightly less light mayo. Nothing gets finely diced or minced in my house so their were nice chunks of apple and sweet onion to compliment the cabbage, which I sliced instead of shredded (because I like long cole slaw). It was fabulous and Ill definitely make again

  • Yummy and such a pretty color

  • This was delicious - Im not a coleslaw fan, but I really liked this. I brought it to a function and it was the only thing gone. Ill be making this again soon (to use up the red cabbage).

  • Delicious Great flavor and surprising pink sauce.Made the mayo in the blender then added the rest of the sauce ingredients sans milk. Skipped the onion too...

  • Fantastic and simple. Didnt have lemon juice so I went with apple cider vinegar, and next time will likely try it with Greek yogurt instead. Sounds odd, but my husband put some in a container and mixed in some canned tuna to take to work for lunch and he said it was great.

  • I have made this slaw over the last 2 years for every BBQ & its always a huge hit. The only thing I add is a few handfuls of golden raisins (my hubby says is a necessity to any cole slaw).

  • This is one of my all time favorites. Great with hot dogs/hamburgers and once made it as a side w/ stone crab claws. YUM We like Gala apples, but the green apples look best. For the dressing, I have used vinegar instead of lemon juice in a pinch, and thats good, too.

  • I used 1/2 mayo, 1/2 plain yogurt and added a dash each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very unique flavor and goes with so much.

  • This is very good. I used a whole head (small) of purple cabbage and after tasting the dressing, I added an extra 1/2 tsp. of sugar. Didnt have lemon juice so I used apple cider vinegar. Ill make this again. It came together in minutes.

  • My fiance hates coleslaw and any mayonnaise based salads... and he ate every last bite. I used 3 small pink lady apples and sweet onion - it was, as someone else mentioned, not as sweet as you would expect (which was a good thing). It was such a unique and amazing flavor plus a great decorative color. Love it.

  • Great twist on traditional coleslaw I added a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for some extra flavor.

  • I chose to make this for a dish to pass for a church dinner - and everyone loved it, including a fussy husband The onions were omitted, with carrots substituted instead. The other substitution was 1/2 cup plain yogurt for the mayo, as the other reviewers suggested. My husband says 5/5. Nice flavor

  • This slaw is not only easy, its delicious and a refreshing take on the traditional coleslaw. Make sure to choose mild onions and chop them pretty small. I also added dried cranberries...yum

  • Delicious. Ive made it with only one diced red apple and its still great.

  • This is wonderful, fast and fresh and delicious. I have made this a half dozen times already because we enjoy it so much. I made the recipe as is, though now that Ive read the other reviews, I might try a few variations.

  • This was yummy. Made it with green cabbage and left the onion out (hubby doesnt like raw onions) but kept the dressing as is. Very good, and a nice change from the typical "southern" slaw we always make.

  • Love this recipe, and I am not the biggest coleslaw fan, in fact I never eat coleslaw unless I make it myself. This is great

  • We thought this was really good, and were not huge coleslaw fans (I only made it because I had cabbage to use up and didnt know what else to make) :) I did add extra apple (1/2 of a green one, personal preference) and a little more cabbage just based on how thick the dressing appeared. One thing to note-maybe this is obvious, but we ate it a few hours after it had been prepared, and the flavors hadnt blended quite as well as I would have liked yet. We both thought that it was much better today (a day later) I may put a little less mayo in next time, but thats just personal preference. I also used plain green cabbage, and it tasted wonderful as well. Thanks for an easy recipe

  • Great decorate color, but very bland. I have always added apples to slaw, but left the peeling on for extra nutritional value. I use a blender or food processor, which makes it easier to prepare. I added vinegar (about 1/4 cup) and additional sugar (about 1/2 cup). Tasted better.

  • I just whipped this up and am very excited to take it to a get together this evening. Such a simple recipe, has such a great taste. Yum

  • This is one of those recipes you will make over and over again for bbqs, potlucks, Wednesday night dinner. I sometimes will make mine with a high ratio of yogurt to mayo just to add bite to the recipe.

  • This was excellent I used a bag of shredded green slaw instead of purple (it was what I had in the frig) and followed the rest of the recipe. We liked it the first day better than the second.

  • Ive made this twice. Didnt last long either time. I grated the apples instead of dicing. Great way to use the recently harvested red cabbage from my garden and freshly picked apples. Might add some grated carrots and celery next time for color.

  • This was great I made it for a bbq at my in-laws. My MIL is VERY hard to please, and looked very skeptical about this dish. And then she ended up keeping ALL of it. I was happy b/c she is so picky, but I wanted to take some home ;o)

  • Very tasty...try sprinkling some crushed peanuts on top before serving.

  • I made this around noon today, and by the time we had it with dinner about 7 hours later, the flavors had melded quite nicely. Im sure the leftovers will be even better tomorrow. The only thing I changed was to add a little more onion, as thats how we like it. Thanks, Starflower

  • Sweet, tangy and delicious. I bumped down the mayo a bit (2/3 cup) and it was still excellent. Make sure to properly salt and pepper. Yum

  • This had really good flavor. Made no changes.

  • Very good It went over great at our lunch

  • This slaw is gorgeous so I love making it for guests. My mom doesnt like mayo but loves this slaw and several people have asked me for this recipe.

  • The high ratings caught my eye so I decided to make this for a holiday lunch celebration at work. I made a recipe and 1/2--I used 1 yellow onion instead of white because that is what I had on hand as well as gala apples. I also added a box of raisins (medium)and some about 1/2 cup of leftover strawberry cranberry sauce. I guess I liked it fruitier Not too keen on the taste of onion and will next time not add it.

  • So good. I didnt have enough mayo so I added a bit of half and half to the jar and shook it up to make the the dressing. It was a bit lighter Im sure but the combo is really refreshing. The apples are not overpowering.

  • Dont be afraid to try this one This is excellent. If you like cole slaw even a little bit, youll love this recipe. Dont skip the onion, and ANY crisp, flavorful apple will do - you dont need Fujis. You wont be sorry - everyone will love it Give it several hours to blend the flavors.

  • It is very bland & doesnt have much flavor at all.

  • This is yummy I found that the dressing was alittle too generous but otherwise this is very yummy as is.

  • Yummy Followed the recipe exactly. Would not change a thing. Second helpings and many compliments from family.

  • Loved the apples in the slaw. decided to go a little lighter with the mayo, and a little heavier with the lemon juice. also added napa cabbage and shredded carrots.

  • Easy ....cant go wrong, very lovely.

  • I made this recipe last night for my moms friends and they loved it great recipe

  • Big Hit I followed the recipe exactly, everyone thought it was fantastic.

  • Unusual, but absolutely delicious and received rave reviews at two parties. So much prettier than a regular bowl of slaw as well. Last time, I used Granny Smith apples and they were great too. Enjoy.

  • My husband and I really enjoy this recipe I have made this recipe several times and have made it with the listed ingredients, with apple cider vinegar (as I didnt have any lemon juice) and with green onions instead of regular onions - ALL with fantastic results. Thank you for a terific Slaw recipe, it is soooo good

  • Very good--and I dont really like slaw all that much

  • Almost every reviewer gave this a 5 and my guy loved it so I will give it a 5 at his request. He really loved it. I did not like this AT ALL Many reviewers said they do not like coleslaw but loved this. I love coleslaw and this does not taste anything like coleslaw so maybe that is why I had such a distaste for it.

  • Great salad with a pretty color Thanks

  • I am reviewing the dressing only. I really enjoyed the dressing. I had run out of my store bought stuff and whipped this one up. I used a prepackage cabbage salad, and added a bit of green onion. I was even better the next day. I will definitely make this again.

  • "Girly Slaw" for a party: its pink and purple As others have said, even those who dont like coleslaw love this.

  • Used 1/2 cup of light mayonnaise instead. Really nice combination of flavors.

  • Excellent easy side dish

  • Ended up eating a ton of it. Probably one of the better slaws out there. Switched the milk out for a non-dairy alternative and left out most of the sugar because it seemed unnecessary.

  • Made as written and liked it, but I wouldnt make it a lot. But it was a great way to get red cabbage into the diet.

  • I made this just like the receipe. I expected it to be more sweet, but it was okay. I think Ill add more sugar next time.

  • I made this tonight for dinner and it was so simple, fast, and good I changed a few things; doubled the white onion, added a can of drained chicken (from Costco), used 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/2 a squeezed lemon, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, and a hand full of raisins. I ate it on top of a bed of lettuce topped with silvered almonds and crasins, my husband and 18 month old ate it like a chicken salad sandwich. I also only used half of a small head of organic baby red cabbage and we still have more for tomorrow. My 10 year old daughter loved it and had thirds and my husband and 18 month old had seconds, and my picky 12 yer old daughter took onebite and turned her nose up at it.

  • I only had one apple, it was a granny smith - so I diced it very finely so it would spread out further. Worked very well. We will have this again. Oh and I added finely grated carrot, lest the King protest.

  • I made it with fat free yogurth instead of mayo and added celery and red onion. Turned out the chopping was tedious and Ended up using a processor which was a disaster Baby food that tastes sour

  • Loved this salad The dressing tasted very light and the whole thing was really easy to put together. Ive made it twice now. Instead of chopping ingredients, I shredded fresh cabbage (resist the urge to use pre-shredded, bagged cabbage because it is often dry and flavorless) and slivered the apple. The result was a tender, light tasting salad that is very pretty.

  • Im makinng it again. This time I swaped about 1/3 cup of mayo with yogurt just to see although the first time was great. Everything else I followed the ingredients as listed. Waiting until its chilled to taste it.

  • Made this slaw tonight with pulled pork sandwiches. It was awesome The apples were a great compliment to the pork and it looked beautiful on the plate. Also served our favorite Bushs baked beans. No chips or other potatoes needed in my opinion due to the crunch of the apples in the slaw. I did not change any of the ingredients, just made it by taste and site of the consistency that suits our family. Some users said that they added vinegar but i did not as i thought the onions gaved it just enough bite but did not overwhelm the sweetness of the apples if that makes any sense. If anyone is interested i made dr. Pepper pulled pork in my big dutch oven so it cooked all day and this slaw was the only thing i had to really prepare and it only took minutes to cut up and mix. Fabulous dinner was on the table within 30 minutes Thank you for a new slaw recipe to have in my recipe box

  • Delicious I left out the onion but didnt miss it. I once put in a few raisins which was a nice but unnecessary addition.

  • Replaced half the mayo with plain Greek yogurt and used honey instead of sugar. Left out the onion only because I didnt have one. And used 1 Granny Smith apple. My family loved this slaw. Served it with simple grilled pork chops.

  • Have made this several times, and I love it every time. Make sure its a crunchy apple, is all I can recommend.

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