This spiralized apple slaw combines sweet apple noodles, cabbage, baby spinach and quinoa for a healthy and innovative twist on traditional coleslaw. The dressing is mayo-free and instead has a base of tahini and apple cider vinegar.

Ohhhhh man, I think I’ve found my new favorite apple recipe!!

First thing first, I feel like I need to apologize to all of you that were expecting something sweet — mini apple pie bites, an apple crisp or something along those lines — nope, it’s a SALAD. Y’all know I love my salads.

Okay so don’t close your browser just yet. This salad is still plenty sweet (it’s got apples + raisins) and seriously sooo good. The base is a spiralized sweet apple (I used a Fuji) with red cabbage, quinoa and baby spinach. For the dressing I skipped the mayo and went with a tahini and apple cider vinegar dressing that’s really creamy and flavorful. And last but not least there’s a few sunflower seeds to add some nuttiness and raisins for an extra pop of sweetness!

This apple slaw is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan AND paleo-friendly if you leave out the quinoa, so I’ve got all the dietary preferences covered. But the most important part is the flavor and that’s DEFINITELY on point. This slaw is a must-make recipe. Trust me on this one.

Bowl of spiralized apple slaw, filled with apples, spinach, quinoa and cabbage. The corner of the fork to the side.

Spiralized Apple Slaw Ingredients

  • red cabbage
  • apple – I prefer to use a sweeter variety of apple like fuji or honey crisp, but feel free to use whatever variety you prefer.
  • quinoa – skip the quinoa to make this dish paleo-friendly.
  • spinach
  • sunflower seeds – I love the nuttiness the sunflower seeds add to this salad, but feel free to skip them or swap them with another seed or nut. I bet pepitas would be delicious!
  • raisins – the raisins add an extra pop of sweetness, but to reduce the amount of sugar in this salad, feel free to skip them. You can also always swap them with another dried fruit like dried cranberries or cherries.
  • tahini
  • apple cider vinegar
  • avocado oil or olive oil
  • nutritional yeast – do not skip this! It adds a nutty, cheesy flavor to the dressing and it’s also packed with B vitamins. It’s deactivated yeast and not at all like baking yeast so you won’t find it on the baking aisle of your grocery store. Look for it in the natural foods section or with the condiments at your local grocery store. Of course you can also order it online.
  • sea salt + pepper

Bowl of spiralized apple slaw, filled with apples, spinach, quinoa and cabbage.

How to Serve This Spiralized Apple Slaw

With the spinach and quinoa you can certainly get away with serving this salad on its own as a light lunch – you could even add some chickpeas if you feel you need a little extra protein. It also works lovely as a crunchy side dish for weeknight meals (I bet it’d be great with fish tacos and/or bbq sandwiches) or as a side dish for holiday meals like Thanksgiving.

More Healthy Side Dishes to Try:

More Spiralized Recipes to Try:

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Bowl of spiralized apple slaw, filled with apples, spinach, quinoa and cabbage.

Spiralized Apple Slaw

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan


This spiralized apple slaw is a healthy and innovative twist on traditional coleslaw. The dressing is mayo-free and instead has a base of tahini and apple cider vinegar. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.


  • 1/2 small head of red cabbage, shredded or spiralized (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large fuji apple, spiralized
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons water


  1. Prepare the dressing by adding all ingredients (tahini, apple cider vinegar, oil, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and water) into a small bowl and mixing until smooth.
  2. Toss the cabbage, apple, quinoa, spinach, sunflower seeds and raisins in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 232
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g

Keywords: apple slaw, mayo-free slaw, slaw, vegan, gluten free, apple, cabbage, spiralized, spiralized apple slaw

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    1. Noel
      March 30, 2018 AT 11:18 am

      How much does this make? I’d like to make it for our Easter celebration…about 20 people…double/triple the amounts? Looks great – can’t wait to try it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2018 AT 1:19 pm

        I’m not sure the exact yield for the recipe. If you’re doing a potluck style Easter celebration I think doubling the recipe should work great! I hope you love it.

    2. Laura
      January 31, 2016 AT 10:26 am

      I am WFPB no oil. This looks so awesome! What would you suggest for the adjustment of leaving the oil out?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2016 AT 1:36 pm

        Maybe try adding 1 Tablespoon of water instead of the oil or 2 tablespoons fresh avocado? Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

        1. Laura
          January 31, 2016 AT 4:54 pm

          Thanks! I feel silly now I should have thought about avocado. I’m still new so thanks for answering! I am going to make this tomorrow.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            January 31, 2016 AT 5:18 pm

            No problem at all! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

    3. Elizabeth Dillman
      September 12, 2015 AT 1:39 pm

      Love your inspirations for salads! Thanks.

    4. taramdeal
      September 11, 2015 AT 1:40 pm

      What a beautiful and delicious salad!! And…I need a spiralizer 🙂

    5. mak1122
      September 11, 2015 AT 12:18 pm

      this looks like Indian/Pakistani fruit chat. looks yummy though

    6. Haileigh Grinkmeyer
      September 11, 2015 AT 11:18 am

      This recipe looks great and I absolutely love apples especially with fall around the corner!

    7. Pure Ella
      September 11, 2015 AT 10:45 am

      What a gorgeous salad!!! 🙂 I can already taste all these mingling flavours – nice!! 🙂

    8. Nicole
      September 11, 2015 AT 10:13 am

      We’re having a football party this weekend for about 25 people and serving smoked pulled pork sandwiches, and this will be a perfect addition!

      Would you suggest I triple this recipe? It’ll be accompanied by a few other sides as well.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2015 AT 4:03 pm

        Hi Nicole. This would be perfect with bbq sandwiches. Yeah, I would triple the recipe for a crowd that large. Let me know how it turns out.

    9. Dani @ Dani California Cooks
      September 10, 2015 AT 9:51 pm

      I’ve never thought to spiralize apples!! You come up with some super creative recipes – i love it. I also am a huge “slaw” fan. So many good textures.

    10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      September 10, 2015 AT 5:07 pm

      Ohh this sounds fabulous! I’m super curious and really want to try it out!

    11. Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
      September 10, 2015 AT 3:53 pm

      Brittany these flavors sound incredible together! Can’t wait to try it!!

    12. Sydney | Modern Granola
      September 10, 2015 AT 12:35 pm

      Yum! This sounds so good! I’ve never heard of spiralized apples before, but it sounds genius! I’m excited to try 🙂
      xx Sydney

    13. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
      September 10, 2015 AT 11:49 am

      Such unlikely ingredients to pair, but it looks and sounds so good!

    14. Strength and Sunshine
      September 10, 2015 AT 11:39 am

      This looks so good! The apple and the tahini are right up my ally!

    15. emily
      September 10, 2015 AT 11:15 am

      Ive Never thought to use the spiralizer on apples!!! Let the recipes begin!

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