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Apple Coleslaw is a new and refreshing twist on a classic
I love coming up with recipes for new and exciting takes on classic dishes and this recipe is a shining example. Who loves coleslaw? I know I do. I always tell people, if they find they do not really like this classic side dish, my guess is, that they have not had a good recipe for one. So many recipes for coleslaw are just bagged coleslaw mix, mixed with mayonnaise. Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that in a pinch but at least add in a little sugar, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, celery seed and a squirt of yellow mustard into the mayonnaise before combining with the bagged mix. If you browse online for coleslaw recipes you will find thousands of variations. Most recipes are traditional coleslaw recipes but every once in awhile you will find a unique version that contains raisins or different types of sliced vegetables.
It was when I was reading about the different types of vegetables that people are willing to put into their coleslaw but the thought about adding fruits entered into my mind. At first, and do not let me lose you here, I thought about bananas. Ha! Yes, I know, some people remember that old classic southern dish with Miracle Whip and bananas? If not, Google the history. It is really quite fascinating. Anyways, I got to thinking about other types of fruit and I landed on apple. Apples have a slight crunch, sweet flavor and seem to hold up well for days when left uncooked. How would that pair with coleslaw? I added it and to my surprise, it was fabulous! Instead of sugar I added honey to give it extra sweetness, but you can leave it out if you wish. The addition of a squeeze of fresh lemon juice would not be bad either. This combination really is something I hope you try! It pairs perfectly as a side dish to anything pork or chicken.
This can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
1 bag coleslaw mix
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
2 red apples, peeled, cored and diced
Mix together the mayonnaise and honey until well combined in a large bowl.
Add in the coleslaw mix and stir together well.
Stir in the prepared apples.
Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
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