Rawesome Slawesome: Green Apple Poppy Seed Coleslaw

I’m a big fan of coleslaw. Partially because my brother-in-law makes it so well (see his recipe below), but also because it has a real purpose in life.

Sure, it might crush one’s ego to be resoundingly type-cast as a side dish the way coleslaw has been. But what slaw brings to the table is really key: rawness. That uncooked vegetable splendor (plus fruit in this case) contains enzymes which were cooked out of your: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, corn, baked beans… Enzymes help digestion in a big way, but denature at about 150 F. So now that summer is essentially here, let’s give props to this “supporting actor.” And as a general rule, make an effort to always throw something fresh and uncooked on your plates at each meal. What’s your favorite way to add in something fresh?

Happy Memorial Day everyone. And while you’re enjoying your freedoms, friends, and family, print out a copy of my brother-in-law’s delicious apple poppy seed coleslaw recipe. It will take good care of you all summer long.

Recipe: Green Apple Poppy Seed Coleslaw

Summary: My brother-in-law Carl has obsessed over the perfect coleslaw recipe. Here it is, with his permission.


Poppyseed Green Apple Coleslaw

  • One half medium head of green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Some red cabbage, thinly sliced (optional, for color)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 ounce very thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 2 granny smith or other crisp tart apples, julienned (thin strips)

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrot, onion, and apples.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together honey, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, white pepper, salt, and poppy seeds, until smooth.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the fruit and vegetable mixture, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional poppyseeds if desired.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Total time: 15 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Raw

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

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Food-loving father of three in Portland Oregon, building healthy bodies and habits for life. Food is hard, kids are picky. But keep at it, and real food will win in your home. Join me in the fight against vegetablessness!

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