Simple Apple Coleslaw | KFC Style

The most deliciously simple Apple Coleslaw made with a perfectly creamy ‘KFC style’ dressing. Quick, easy and a family favourite!

Need a deliciously simple apple coleslaw recipe in your life? How about one that has the yummiest creamy dressing? Well this is the recipe for you! It’s the perfect salad, the best partner to pulled pork, the quickest and easiest side to a BBQ chicken… the list could go on and on.

Apple Coleslaw

You know that spring has officially sprung when you start craving salads again. Yep, I’ve kicked my favourite soups to the curb and am embracing the sunshine, BBQs and all of the fresh ingredients that come along with spring. The only downside of this beautiful time of year is hay fever and allergies (if you get them too, I feel your pain!!!).

Apple Coleslaw

BUT I can totally break through the stinging eyes with a yummy bowl of apple coleslaw. This salad is packed full of vegetables – carrots, cabbage, celery, spring onions, red onion… you name it – it’s in there! And that’s not even the best part. Nope, the best bit is the apple – it takes this coleslaw to a whole new level of yumminess.

Apple ColeslawOh and did I mention the incredibly yummy dressing? It’s so creamy, tangy and delicious. You’ll fall head over heels in love… with coleslaw (hehehe!). I like to use buttermilk in the dressing, however, if you don’t have any at home – don’t go and buy a carton! Just mix 1tsp of lemon juice or vinegar into 1/4 cup of milk and you’ll have perfect buttermilk in no time.

Apple Coleslaw

To make the coleslaw you just grate/finely chop the vegetables and apple, and pop them into a bowl. Add the dressing ingredients to another bowl and whisk well to combine. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and mix together. I like to leave this coleslaw in the fridge for at least an hour or two before I use it, as all of the flavours really ‘smoosh’ (!?) together during that time. Oh and give it another little stir just before serving.

Apple Coleslaw

You are seriously going to LOVE this apple coleslaw. It really is perfect ‘sunny-weather’ food! Serve it with a BBQ or my favourite Slow Cooked Pulled Pork!

PS – This is SO quick to make, but if you’re running really short on time, then just buy a pre-mixed bag of coleslaw from the supermarket, add in the grated apple, whip up the dressing and mix together. Easy peasy (and I promise I won’t tell anyone). xx

Simple Apple Coleslaw

The most deliciously simple Apple Coleslaw made with a perfectly creamy 'KFC style' dressing.
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: Healthy Recipes
Keyword: Apple Coleslaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 163kcal


  • 300 g cabbage finely chopped
  • 2 apples grated
  • 150 g carrots grated
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 1 spring onions optional, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs caster sugar
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


Conventional Method

  • Place finely shredded cabbage, carrot, celery, spring onion, red onion and apple into a large bowl and toss together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk (see tip below), lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, caster sugar and salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and mix to combine well.
  • Place into the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Thermomix Method

  • Place the mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, caster sugar, salt and pepper into the TM bowl. Mix on Speed 6 for 20 seconds or until well combined. Set aside.
  • Add the cabbage, apples, carrot, celery, spring onions and red onion to the bowl. Chop on Speed 4 for 2-3 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat until the coleslaw is the consistency you would like.
  • Pour over the dressing and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


Buttermilk tip: If you don't have any buttermilk - simply mix 1tsp of lemon juice or vinegar into 1/4 cup of milk and you’ll have perfect buttermilk in no time.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3230IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages says:

    Adding apple to salads is the only way I can get my girls to eat them at the moment, add some pulled pork and fresh bread rolls – yum!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:


  2. I’m waiting for warmer weather to try this one out Lucy! Yum!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely! Perfect for sitting outside on a sunny day!

  3. Gretta {Mumma Plus Three} says:

    Oh yum thanks for sharing. I’m not a huge fan of traditional coleslaw but I can see that the apple in this would be delish!

  4. Kathryn Doherty says:

    This looks like fresh, crunchy deliciousness! I love coleslaw and I love that you’ve added apples – yum! What a great sweet bonus in this beautiful salad. Will definitely be making this soon! XX

  5. Christina says:

    Tried this out for a BBQ today and it’s a winner.
    the creamy seasoning is crazy good!

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