Green Apple Slaw

Hiya peeps! Yes, I know it has been FOREVER since I posted. Thanks ‘rona and thanks to my unrelenting workload in 2020. If I am going to be 100% honest, I have felt a little “flat” too, but I feel a certain spark coming back (thank God – for real).

So! Let’s get onto the recipe already! I bought my husband a smoker for Father’s Day (the Pit Boss) a few years back and I think one of our all time fave things to make is pulled pork. What goes great with pulled pork? Coleslaw!

But here is the thing . . . I detest mayonaise-ee coleslaw (bleugh). I usually just make one with oil, vinegar, honey, and some celery seed (key ingredient!!!!!) but last night I wanted something “brighter” and this baby was born! The sharp sweetness of the Granny Smith apples and the unexpected hint of cilantro was YUM! Funny thing, I still made my normal slaw for the hubs, but even he liked this one better!

In our family, we all build our plates a bit differently. People often ask me “but what do your kids eat” or “how do I get my kids to eat what I am eating!?” Short answer. I don’t always. I will cave and make my daughter a PB&J and my son Mac and cheese, BUT I always always put at least 2 bites of what the grownups are eating on their plates as well. Lucky for us, this meal was pretty easy for everyone in the family to enjoy!

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Green Apple Slaw

  • Author: Lawfully Lean


A twist on your slaw to keep things interesting and fresh!  Pairs amazing with any barbecue!  




  • 3/4 head of green cabbage, sliced into bite size ribbons 
  • 2 Granny Smith apples (I kept the skin on), sliced into matchsticks 
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced


  • 1/3 cup of olive oil (I used extra virgin)
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 TBS dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp celery seed 

1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped 


  1. Combine cabbage, apples, and celery in a big bowl.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over cabbage mixture 
  3. Toss to combine.  Gently fold in cilantro.

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