Feel like eating on the lighter side? This veg and apple slaw is just the ticket. Few ingredients, nothing processed, and the apple makes it super refreshing!

It’s that time guys. It’s time for the beach. It’s time for going out on my SUP. What I really mean is it’s time for the heat. It’s time to sweat.

The soup, stews, and roasting will have to be put on hold until fall. Not the soups, my wife will cook a soup even when it’s 150° outside. But we really just try not to heat up the kitchen. We move to lighter food so it doesn’t beat us down in the heat. You all know what I’m saying.

Anyway, this is perfect for those nights in the summer heat or to bring to a BBQ. It’s refreshing and it’s not heavy and creamy.  It’s a snap to put together. It’s chock full of cancer fighting veggies and it goes great with crispy skin salmon or leftover chicken. If you’re not a meat eater, throw some rinsed, drained white beans in there and you have all you need.



2 cups shredded green cabbage
2 cups shredded red cabbage
*or 4 cups prepared slaw mix*
1/4 cup white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne, optional
2 medium apples, Honeycrisp or Granny Smith
2-3 medium carrots


Place your shredded cabbages in a large bowl.

Combine the vinegar, syrup or honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pinch of cayenne (if using), in a bowl and set aside.

Use the course blade of a spiralizer, the one that looks like thick noodles, spiralize your apples. If your carrots are big enough, spiralize them. If you can’t spiralize your carrots, or you just don’t have a spiralizer, you can use the course side of a box grater to grate both the carrots and the apples. Add the apples and carrots to your big bowl of cabbage.

Give your dressing a stir and pour it over the veg. Toss to coat. Eat.

This is it, just want you wanted, a no-mayo slaw featuring crisp apple, carrot, and cabbage topped with a delicious vinegar based dressing.

Looking for a no-may slaw that's refreshing and healthy? I got you! Easy to put together and perfect for gatherings or just eating light.

31 thoughts on “Veg and Apple Slaw”

    1. I like it. I may be biased, but honestly, I don’t post recipes that I don’t eat. If you want a mayo free slaw, this is delicious. It’s fresh and crisp and goes great with a pulled pork sandwich!

  1. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and it will be pinned to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  2. This sounds seriously good!I love putting apples in my coleslaw. I’m totally addicted to protein bowls right now and coleslaw goes into each and every one! Going to have to try this!

  3. Thank you for sharing on Carrie’s Home Cooking Whisk It Wednesday Link Party! Tomorrow when the party starts you will be one of the featured posts. Hope to see you there again this week! ~Carrie

  4. I love adding apple’s to my slaw, this looks so good! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  5. This will be the perfect addition to our salad repetoire. With the sweetness of apples, and the it’s too hot to cook weather, consider the recipe pinned! BB2U&

  6. It sounds wonderful, and the apple is a nice twist. I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise, so this is perfect for me. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  7. Not only does this look delicious, but I love the inclusion of apple in the recipe.
    Hello from the Hearth & Soul link party!

  8. It is summer where I live and I live on salads most of the time (diabetic). This one looks delectable and so refreshing!
    Thank you!
    Here via Janice Wald’s Inspire me Monday linkup!

  9. Love this recipe- I like bringing salads without mayo so they can sit out a bit without spoiling- this works! Plus, I love apples in here- so good!

  10. Looks like a delicious side dish! I don’t like to heat the kitchen up either when it starts to get warmer! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

  11. Yes, Jaxx! Bring on the sun and the BBQ’s!! I am so ready and will be preparing some of your delicious cole slaw for the first grilling session of the season…. now somebody just has to stop the rain from falling in my neck of the woods!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday. I know that there are many of us who are chomping at the bit for some sun and warm weather meals.

  12. I love this mayo-less idea! I bet it would taste great with nuts too. Another reason to get myself a spiralizer!
    Will be tweeting and pinning this. Greetings from the Blogger’s Pit Stop!

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