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Winter Coleslaw with Dried Cranberries Recipe Winter Coleslaw with Dried Cranberries Recipe


Winter Coleslaw with Dried Cranberries Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This winter coleslaw is my go-to for a fresh, crunchy side. The dried cranberries add a sweet tang, and the walnuts give it a nice crunch. It's a real crowd-pleaser!

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Here's a winter coleslaw with a twist you'll adore! Adding dried cranberries pops with sweet-tart surprises, and the crunch from fresh cabbage and carrots feels oh so satisfying. Wait till you taste the dressing - simple, yet it brings everything together in a delightful harmony. Will you join me in this flavorful expedition? Let's get chopping!

Ingredients for Winter Coleslaw With Dried Cranberries

  • Shredded cabbage: Adds crunch and bulk to the coleslaw, providing a fresh and hearty base for the dish.
  • Shredded carrots: Brings color, sweetness, and a slight crunch, enhancing the texture and flavor profile of the coleslaw.
  • Dried cranberries: Offer a chewy texture and a burst of sweetness, balancing the savory elements of the coleslaw.
  • Chopped walnuts: Provide a nutty crunch and richness, adding depth of flavor and a satisfying texture to the coleslaw.
  • Mayonnaise: Creates a creamy and tangy dressing that coats the ingredients, bringing all the flavors together harmoniously.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor, balancing the richness of the mayonnaise and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Honey: Offers a touch of natural sweetness, complementing the tartness of the vinegar and adding a subtle complexity to the dressing.

Kitchen Tools Needed for This Coleslaw Recipe

  • Mixing bowl: Essential for combining all the ingredients together evenly.
  • Sharp knife: Needed for shredding the cabbage and carrots with precision.
  • Large bowl: To mix the dressing with the shredded vegetables and other ingredients effectively.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: Ensure accurate measurements of mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and other seasonings.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss until well combined.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 280 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 2 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12 g | Cholesterol: 10 mg | Sodium: 220 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 18 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 280 mg | Iron: 1.5 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Can You Make Winter Coleslaw Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the coleslaw as directed, but store the dressing separately.
  • Combine the dressing with the coleslaw just before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Coleslaw can become watery when frozen, so it's best made fresh.
  • If you must freeze it, omit the mayonnaise and add it fresh when serving.

Did you know that adding a splash of orange juice to the dressing of this winter coleslaw can give it a refreshing citrusy twist? It adds a bright flavor that complements the sweetness of the cranberries and the crunch of the walnuts. Give it a try next time for a unique and zesty variation!

Common Questions About This Dried Cranberry Coleslaw Recipe

Can I use pre-shredded cabbage and carrots for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pre-shredded cabbage and carrots to save time. Just make sure they are fresh for the best taste and texture.
How long can I store the coleslaw in the refrigerator?
You can store the coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir well before serving.
Can I substitute the walnuts with a different nut?
Certainly! You can substitute walnuts with pecans, almonds, or even sunflower seeds for a different flavor and texture.
Is there a way to make this coleslaw vegan?
To make this coleslaw vegan, you can use a vegan mayonnaise or a mixture of vegan yogurt and a little extra vinegar for tanginess.
Can I add any other ingredients to customize this coleslaw?
Absolutely! You can add ingredients like sliced apples, red onion, or even a sprinkle of poppy seeds to customize the coleslaw to your liking.

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