Crisp Winter Slaw with dried cranberries, cabbages, apple, and Parmesan. A healthy, fresh, and delicious coleslaw recipe that’s perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish. Add chicken or quinoa to make it easy to pack for lunch! Lasts in the refrigerator for several days, so it’s great as a make ahead side or for meal prep.
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Winter Slaw

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
A crisp, colorful winter coleslaw made with red and green cabbage, apples, and cranberries. Simple, refreshing, and quick to make!


  • 1 small head cabbage — thinly sliced (red or green, or half of each if you love the color blend like I do!)
  • 1 large sweet-crisp apple — such as Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice — about 2 small lemons
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan — about 1 1/2 ounces


  1. Cut the cabbage in half, then carefully cut out the core. Cut it into half again so that you have quarters, then slice the cabbage into ultra-thin ribbons. You will have 10 to 12 cups total. Place it in a very large bowl.
  2. Cut off the four sides of the apple, slicing as close to the core as possible. Discard the core, then cut the remaining quarters into thin slices. Add the apples to the bowl with the cabbage.

  3. In a small mixing bowl or a larger liquid measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour over the cabbage and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and Parmesan. If time allows, let sit for 15 minutes. Toss and adjust seasoning as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • This slaw lasts in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so you can make it well in advance too! Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: winter salad, winter slaw

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 6) — Calories: 279, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 6g

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