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.
Spiralized Apple Slaw Ingredients
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Toss the cabbage, apple, quinoa, spinach, sunflower seeds and raisins in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy.