Apple and Cabbage Slaw with Cilantro and Ginger

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Author Notes: Too long ago to bring up (suffice to say it was in the days before food processors), the booklet that came with my (then) new blender not only taught me how to chop cabbage using the device (chunk the cabbage, put it in the blender, fill about halfway with water, pulse until chopped, drain) it offered a recipe for cole slaw that has been the wellspring for all my subsequent slaws, and to which I would gladly give credit if I could remember what brand the blender was. I do remember it was avocado green. Or maybe harvest gold .....anyway, I no longer use the blender to chop the cabbage because I enjoy wielding my fancy new knife. This is a ridiculously simple recipe, but it tastes great. wssmom

Serves 6-8


  • 3 scant tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 scant tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 head small red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 head small green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion. diced
  • 3-4 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cut into matchsticks, then diced (I do this at the last minute so the apples don't turn brown)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  1. Using a blender, whirl the dressing ingredients together until emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Put cilantro, cabbages, onion, ginger and apples in a serving bowl and toss with enough dressing to moisten (there may be a tad left over). Refrigerate for an hour or more so that the ingredients have a chance to get chummy. Garnish with more cilantro before serving, if desired.
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Tags: gluten-free, picnic, travels well

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I could (and often do) live on slaw during the summer. What could possibly be better than a salad that tastes great the next day, or the day after that, nice and cold from the fridge??! This one looks soooo good. I'm making it tomorrow!! Thanks for posting this. ;o)


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh this is perfect, I love the ginger in the slaw. I'm saving this and making for 4th of July picnic I go to every year. Great recipe!!!


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Thanks, I hope you enjoy it!


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds great, and I love your blender story. Whooda thunk you could chop cabbage in blender!


about 4 years ago wssmom

At the time it was so high-tech -- whooda thunk??