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Apple Beet Slaw

a top down view of a bowl full of apple beet slaw. the bowl is sitting on a brown linen napkin and dark background. next to the bowl is a gold spoon

This Apple Beet Slaw is a crunchy, flavourful and fresh salad!  It’s delicious served alongside ribs and barbecued meats.  A perfect summery side dish.

If you’re looking for a really flavourful, and super delicious salad recipe you need to try this Apple Beet Slaw!  Not only is this salad wonderfully colourful, it’s loaded with the flavours of fresh beets, apples, and a tangy dressing.  So good.

Fresh Beets are Delicious!

Most of the time when beets are served they’re usually boiled or roasted then added to recipes. But have you ever tried fresh beets? They’re absolutely delicious.  I love the sweet, earthy flavour and the tasty crunch they add to different recipes like salads.  For this Apple Beet Slaw fresh beets are grated and mixed in with fresh apples, cabbage, lemon and cilantro.

a top down view of a bowl full of apple beet slaw. the bowl is sitting on a brown linen napkin and dark background. next to the bowl is a gold spoon

Beets + apples = flavour combination perfection

The apples in this salad are the perfect balance for the earthiness of the fresh grated beets.  In every bite you get a lot of crunch, a lot of flavour and just the right amount of sweetness from the apples.

a top down view of a bowl full of apple beet slaw. the bowl is sitting on a brown linen napkin and dark background. next to the bowl is a gold spoon

A salad almost too pretty to eat!

Seriously though, just look at the colour of this salad.  SO bright, so pretty.  Beets are amazing.  I hope you try this salad, because if you love beets, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it!

a side view of a bowl full of apple beet slaw. the bowl is sitting on a brown linen napkin and dark background. next to the bowl is a gold spoon

Recipe Tips:

  • Beets:  Use fresh, raw beets for this salad. Raw beets are crunchy and so delicious!  I use a cheese grater to grate them for the salad.
  • Apples:  This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but really you can use any kind of apple you like.  I like to cut the apples into chunks or matchsticks for this recipe. You can also use a cheese grater, but the apple does tend to get a bit mushy when done this way.
  • Cabbage: This recipe calls for about 2 cups each, of chopped red cabbage and green cabbage. We like to make thin strips, but you can also make small chunks, it’s up to you.
  • Lemon:  The addition of the fresh lemon juice and zest makes this salad even more bright and delicious.  The tartness is perfect with the beets and sweet apples.

Menu Idea!

This Apple Beet Slaw is a delicious addition to this rib dinner menu!

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Apple Beet Slaw

This Apple Beet Slaw is a crunchy, flavourful and fresh salad!  It’s delicious served alongside ribs and barbecued meats.  A perfect summery side dish.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

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Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • 2 large fresh, raw beets
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cups chopped or sliced red cabbage (about 1/4 of a head of cabbage)
  • 2 cups chopped or sliced green cabbage (about 1/4 of a head of cabbage)
  • 1 lemon zest / lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing first by mixing together the vinegar, sugar, mustard, oil, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  2. Wash, peel, and grate the beets.  I just use a regular cheese grater to do this.
  3. Cut the apples into matchsticks.  You can also use a cheese grater, but the apple does tend to get a bit mushy when done this way.
  4. This recipe calls for about 2 cups each of chopped red cabbage and green cabbage. We like to make thin strips, but you can also make small chunks, it’s up to you.
  5. In a salad bowl toss together the beets, apples and cabbage.
  6. Then toss the salad with the dressing.
  7. Add the lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.

Keywords: beet salad, beet slaw, apple beet slaw

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