Make Ahead

Fall Slaw

October  4, 2022
1 Ratings
Photo by Rodrigo Iglesias (my awesome husband)
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Serves 6-8 side portions
Author Notes

Many people lament the end of summer, but I have always looked forward to my favorite season, fall. Growing up in Ohio, my mom, sister and I would go apple picking every year in the crisp weather, and one of our favorite ways to enjoy our haul was simply slicing up the apples and enjoying with chunks of cheddar cheese on the porch (with some fresh pressed apple cider!) This is a perfect side dish for early fall when it still feels a bit like picnic weather, and ideal for my favorite fall pastime - football tailgaiting. Go Buckeyes! —Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • zest of one whole lemon + juice of half the lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar, grated (I love NY state cheddar, yellow or white, the sharper the better)
  • 2 sweet tart apples (I like Golden Delicious best - use any apple you love to snack on)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (black is OK too, I just love keeping the color clean)
  • 1/2 green cabbage (yield about 3.5-4 cups shredded)
  1. Combine the sour cream through the sharp cheddar in a large bowl, stirring well with a spatula to get a homogeneous mixture. Add salt and white pepper.
  2. Quarter, core, and slice your apples and add immediately to the bowl of dressing, folding to coat the slices (the lemon juice and vinegar will keep the sliced apple from oxidizing).
  3. Quarter, core and thinly slice cabbage and add to the dressing and apples, tossing to coat (with the thickness of the dressing, I find a clean pair of hands is often the best tool here).
  4. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for 2-4 hours for the flavors to combine (bringing to room temperature before serving), and enjoy!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus
    Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus
  • Cathy
  • Hila

3 Reviews

Cathy October 10, 2018
I agree with Hila. This salad is delicious!! We do many variations of slaw in our house but this is one of the best. The cheddar cheese, apple and the dressing are perfect together.
Hila December 4, 2017
I found this recipe by chance and I have no idea how it's not having like - 2000 hearts or something, and not even one single comment before this one.
This is by far one of the best salads I have ever eaten - the sharpness from the cheddar and all the other components go really well together and you should really give this recipe a try!
Emily |. December 10, 2017
Thank you for the kind words, and glad you enjoyed it!