Fruity Cole Slaw

Photo by Lena Robertson

Photo by Lena Robertson

Cabbage is an easy vegetable to use for meal prep because it is so versatile. It can be eaten cooked, raw, or fermented. My favorite ways to eat cabbage are in a Cole Slaw, stir fry, soup, or as Sauerkraut. Here is one of my favorite Cole Slaw recipes to make that is full colorful fruits and vegetables.

Preparation time 30-45 minutes

Serves about 8 people

Note: Because this recipe is a little more time consuming than some of the others I like to make a lot in one batch and use it over the course of a few days. If you prefer to make a smaller batch then half or quarter the recipe as needed.


1/2 a red cabbage head (small to medium sized) sliced into thin strips

1/4 red onion diced

3 green onions thinly sliced

5 carrots peeled and grated

Juice from 1 lemon

2 apples diced

1 orange diced

1/2-1 cup raisins or dried currents (I used 1 cup raisins)

6 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used an organic mayonnaise pre-made)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Salt to taste


Most of the work involved in this recipe is cutting, grating, dicing, and slicing up the fruits and vegetables. You can prepare everything individually and then combine them all together at the end, or you can just start cutting and adding the food to a big serving bowl in any order you like. There is no particular item I usually start with. You can follow the recipe in the order I typed the ingredients or you can pick and choose depending on what you feel like doing first. When everything is in the bowl, then mix to combine all the ingredients together. The mayonnaise is the only ingredient that might need a little more mixing to combine since the others combine very easily.

Other variations to this recipe you can try:

  • Use less cabbage and more carrots.

  • Add nuts.

  • Make your own mayonnaise (recipe will be provided in a future blog post).

  • Substitute the mayonnaise with yogurt.

  • Don’t use any mayonnaise.

  • Add other vegetables like chopped celery.

  • Use green cabbage instead of red cabbage.

  • Add more or less of any of the ingredients listed here already.

  • There have been times I did not have oranges so only used apples as the fruit and vice versa.

  • I have also made this recipe without any freshly diced fruit (only using the raisins and lemon juice).