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This crunchy, flavorful broccoli slaw has crisp apples, tart cherries, sunflower seeds, and a tangy-sweet dressing.

Bursting with nutritional goodness, this broccoli slaw recipe offers a satisfying crunch and a tangy flavor that everyone will love, whether you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish, a light lunch, or a healthy addition to your meal.

This salad makes a great side dish for Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Grilled Hamburgers, or even Thanksgiving dinner.

Broccoli Slaw with Apples & Dried Cherries is creamy, crunchy and sweet, making it the best side dish for summertime barbecues to Thanksgiving dinner.
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Why You’ll Love This Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Made of broccoli, which is shaved into thin strips, carrots, and cabbage, this easy salad is similar to a coleslaw but I love that it doesn’t get all soggy when sitting in the fridge.

  • A Year-Round Favorite – All of the ingredients are available all year long. It’s not just a summer side dish!
  • Customizable – Use any kind of apple or swap the sunflower seeds for slivered almonds or pecans.
  • Simple to Make – With a 4-ingredient dressing and a 4-ingredient salad mix, this simple salad takes less than 10 minutes to make.
  • Nutritious – Broccoli is a superfood and full of fiber! It also has loads of other vegetables, like red cabbage and julienned carrots. Make it lower calorie by using less dressing, or swapping in low-fat or lower calorie ingredients.

How To Make Broccoli Slaw

  1. Whisk together the dressing.
  2. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.


  • Broccoli – Sold in packages similar to coleslaw mix, this recipe uses shredded or thinly julienned broccoli stalks, carrots, and cabbage.
  • Apple – I love Honeycrisp or Cosmic Crisp apples because they are crisp, sweet, and tart. Use your favorite variety, but lean towards a crisp apple.
  • Red Onion – A while after posting the recipe I tried adding sliced red onions and it really adds that little something that this already nutritious, crunchy salad was missing.
  • Dried Cherries – Chewy and tart. You could also opt for cranberries or raisins.
  • Sunflower Seeds – Feel free to swap with a crunchy alternative, like almonds, pecans, or pine nuts.
  • Dressing – Plain Greek yogurt, mayo, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Broccoli Slaw with Apples & Dried Cherries is creamy, crunchy and sweet, making it the best side dish for summertime barbecues to Thanksgiving dinner.


How is it different from traditional coleslaw?

Traditional coleslaw is made with shredded cabbage, while this version is made with shaved broccoli stems. Broccoli is a healthier alternative to cabbage, with more fiber and nutrients.

Can I customize this recipe?

Yes, you can add your favorite ingredients like raisins, cranberries, nuts, or seeds to enhance the flavor and texture.

Can I use pre-packaged mix instead of shredding the stems myself?

Yes, and I highly recommend it! Using a pre-packaged mix is a convenient option and saves time in preparation.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, you can make this slaw a day in advance, but it’s best to dress it just before serving to maintain its freshness and crunchiness.

How do you shred broccoli stems?

If you would prefer to shred the broccoli stems yourself instead of using a mix:
1. Trim the broccoli: Cut off the florets from the broccoli head, leaving behind the thick stems.
2. Peel the stems: Use a vegetable peeler or a paring knife to remove the tough outer layer of the broccoli stems. This outer layer can be fibrous and may not be as pleasant to eat in the slaw.
3. Prepare the stems: Take the peeled broccoli stems and shred them using either a box grater or a food processor with a grating attachment.


If there happen to be any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Broccoli Slaw with Apples & Dried Cherries is creamy, crunchy and sweet, making it the best side dish for summertime barbecues to Thanksgiving dinner.

Helpful Tips

  1. If shredding your own stems, choose fresh and firm broccoli with vibrant green stems for the best flavor and texture.
  2. For added convenience, you can purchase pre-packaged mix at the grocery store.
  3. Experiment with different dressings such as a tangy citrus vinaigrette or a creamy yogurt-based sauce.
  4. Toss in some toasted nuts or seeds to provide a delightful crunch to your slaw.
  5. Let the flavors mingle by refrigerating the dressed slaw for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  6. For a bit of heat, sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes or a generous amount of black pepper to the dressing.

More Broccoli Recipes

A bowl of broccoli slaw

Broccoli Slaw Recipe

4.17 from 6 votes
This crunchy, flavorful broccoli salad has shaved broccoli, crisp apples, tart cherries, sunflower seeds and a tangy dressing for an easy year-round favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings



  • 12 ounces broccoli slaw
  • 1 honeycrisp apple diced into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
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  • In a large bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and apple cider vinegar. Taste and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Add broccoli slaw, apples, dried cherries, red onions and sunflower seeds to the bowl and stir gently to coat completely.
  • Chill until ready to serve.


Just before serving, stir in sunflower seeds, or garnish individual servings.
Keyword broccoli slaw, coleslaw


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 741IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Jen S. says:

    Need a sweeter sauce in my opinion. All we could taste was the yogurt and vinegar.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Jen, sorry the recipe didn’t work out. Thank you for your feedback.