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Waldorf Slaw Recipe

Waldorf salad as coleslaw
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No BBQ or grilling party is complete without coleslaw but unfortunately this beloved side dish can be lacking in flavor. This recipe for a great slaw borrows from the famous Waldorf Salad, replacing lettuce with cabbage before adding apples and walnuts for a crisp, delicate, crunchy, sweet and sour coleslaw.

Side Dish


Servings: 12


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour



  • cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup natural rice wine vinegar (unseasoned)
  • ¼ cup vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon Morton coarse kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper


  • 1 crunchy apple
  • 1 large green jalapeno
  • 1 pound green cabbage (about half a head)
  • 3 large carrots, peeled
  • 6 scallions
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • ½ cup celery, chopped small (about 2 medium stalks with leaves removed)
  • ¾ cup walnuts (in a pinch you can substitute pecans)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
About the vinegar. Rice wine vinegar is very mild. It is not hard to find. Most groceries carry it. Some are seasoned and some are not. Get the unseasoned if possible, but the seasoned will do. If you must use distilled white vinegar, use less, about 1/2 cup (118.3 ml).
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works. 
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page


  • Prep. First, read my article on The Science of Slawsome Slaw.
  • Whisk together all the dressing ingredients.
  • Core and chop the apple into chunks about 1/4 inch (6.4 mm). Leave the skin on. Add it to the dressing immediately and mix to keep it from browning.
  • Slice the jalapeño in half and remove the seeds. If you wish, you can also remove the white ribs, where most of the heat hides. Slice into thin slivers and then chop into tiny bits so nobody gets a big chunk of heat. Add to the dressing. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling hot peppers or better still, wear gloves or use a paper towel when doing the cutting. If you do not wear gloves, be sure not to rub your eyes, or touch any other moist parts of your body, or any one else's.
  • Chop or shred the cabbage and add to the bowl.
  • Cut the carrots into small matchsticks. Alternatively you can shred them with a food processor or a box grater.
  • Finely chop the scallions. Remove the stem, core, and seeds from the bell pepper and chop into small pieces. 
  • Add the carrot, scallion, bell pepper, and celery to the bowl. Toss thoroughly. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, vinegar, and anything else you wish to suit your taste.
  • Chill. Refrigerate for at least one hour to extract the flavors from the celery seeds and vegetables and to allow them to marry. More than an hour is better. Once the slaw has chilled, warm the walnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for five minutes, until the nuts starts to brown slightly. This brings the oils to the surface. Add them and the cranberries to the salad and blend well.
  • Serve. Serve immediately while the walnuts are still crunchy. Sing "Take me back to Manhattan."


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2997IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg