Apple & Poppy Seed Coleslaw

Apple & Poppy Seed Coleslaw

If you read last week’s post about my quest for summer potluck recipes, cure then you’ll understand where I’m coming from here. This summer’s been chock-full of BBQs and potlucks and I’m in serious danger of repeating a recipe – something that makes me very very sad. So, pills instead of serving the same old thing, illness I came up with another summer side.

Apple & Poppy Seed Coleslaw

Though some people hate on coleslaw, I think it’s great. It’s cool and crunchy and a nice way to balance the piles of grilled meat that usually make up the centerpiece at any BBQ. I like to use some green apple in my coleslaw because it adds a sweet crispness to the dish. This time I also used slivered almonds for crunch and instead of straight mayo, I made a vinaigrette with olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and poppy seeds. It’s lighter and brighter than the standard and goes great with the apple.

I know meat is supposed to be the main event when you’re grilling, but sometimes the sides just steal the show.


  1. A very similar recipe for this was published in the June 2001 issue of Bon Appetit. I know because I have made it many times for parties. My guests rave and all want the recipe, so it must be delish!

  2. Yum! I love the pretty colors in this coleslaw.

  3. Wow, this looks fantastic! I never thought to put green apple in slaw – such a great idea!

  4. this looks like a winning salad…I can imagine the freshness and crunchiness of the apples and almonds…and adding poppy seeds is so unique!

  5. Here is another idea for a cool summer slaw, and some more potluck recipes. I will certainly try yours…looke delicious. Thanks

  6. Ill have to try this recipe, I keep buying my slaw dressing premade. Great photography too.

  7. I love the color and the little accent of the poppy seeds and can see this cheerfully sitting next to a delicious pile of BBQ pulled pork.

  8. As a vegetarian, I’m all about the sides and love the person who brings something new, yummy & interesting to the BBQ. Looks like you nailed it!

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