Red Cabbage & Apple Summer Slaw {Gluten Free & Vegan}

This side dish is a perfect way to dive into summer!

This side dish is a perfect way to dive into summer!

Now that Memorial Day has passed, I’m officially in the summer mindset.  I rocked my maternity bathing suit for the first time yesterday, and am so ready for long days lounging on the beach.  I don’t know about you guys, but in addition to sunshine and pool time, summer to me means a change in food.  Fresh, light foods with a focus on vegetables.  Nothing too heavy (with the exception of ice cream sundaes), and happy, colorful salads.  This dish definitely fits the bill (minus the ice cream…)

Tart apples and sweet cabbage complement each other perfectly, especially with the addition of a citrus dressing!

Tart apples and sweet cabbage complement each other perfectly, especially with the addition of a citrus dressing!

After I made the Thai Veggie Quinoa, I had half a head of red cabbage left sitting in my fridge.  I’ve made warm sweet and sour cabbage type dishes many times, but I wanted something different, something fresher.  So a slaw was a logical conclusion, but again I didn’t just want a plain old coleslaw.  I mean, it would have been purple, but still.

Nope, instead I made a citrus vinaigrette with oranges and honey and a pinch of crushed red pepper.  Mixed together with some apples and dried cranberries, this slaw was a great balance of sweet and tangy, with just a touch of heat.  It paired perfectly with grilled pork for dinner, but would be a fantastic accompaniment to any range of main dishes.

Red Cabbage & Apple Summer Slaw

Tasty, refreshing, healthy.

Tasty, refreshing, healthy.

Ingredients

  • ½ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 + tbsp olive oil (taste the dressing, and add more till desired acidity)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine juice, vinegar, honey, mustard, oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Whisk until the oil is fully emulsified.
  2. Toss dressing (a little at a time) with cabbage, apples, and cranberries. Let sit for 1 – 2 hours before serving. Add more dressing prior to serving if desired.
This red cabbage and apple slaw is light and refreshing, a perfect balance of sweet and tangy with a citrus dressing.  Gluten Free & Vegan

This red cabbage and apple slaw is light and refreshing, a perfect balance of sweet and tangy with a citrus dressing. Gluten Free & Vegan

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