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Carrot Apple Slaw

With crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this Carrot Apple Slaw is a refreshingly sweet and savory salad for summer!

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

It’s May, y’all. MAY. And that means that after a flurry of teacher appreciation and field day and end-of-year parties, the school year will come to a close. And spring will give way to summer. And vacation time will be upon us. And I just don’t know if I’m ready for the year to be almost halfway over!

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

But, alas, I have no control over the lightning-quick speed at which life is zooming by. What I do have control over is how wholeheartedly I strive to enjoy it as it comes. And I have to admit…I do love me some summertime!

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

So with the kick-off to the summer season (AKA, Memorial Day weekend) just a few short weeks away, my mind is already turning to recipes involving grilling, fresh produce, ice cream, and salads…and at the moment, this Carrot Apple Slaw tops the list! Because if you need a special salad to complement just about any summertime entree, this sweet/tart/savory/crispy/creamy combo is IT.

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

When I was growing up, my mom often made a carrot salad that had a creamy dressing and was peppered with raisins, pineapple tidbits, and marshmallows. Sounds weird, but it was actually pretty good. I recently pondered making a similar recipe for my own children, but then I wondered what it might be like to throw some apples in there instead of pineapple. After all, each of my kids enjoys raw carrots, and they’re all obsessed with apples.

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

So I tossed some matchstick carrots into a bowl, julienned a sweet red (Honeycrisp) apple and a tart green (Granny Smith) apple, whipped up a quick, creamy dressing inspired by one of my recent chicken salad concoctions, and mixed everything up. Then, for good measure, I stirred in some sweetened dried cranberries and velvety feta cheese. I let everything hang out in the fridge for about an hour to soften the carrots a bit and allow the flavors to meld and…WOW! This is one tasty Carrot Apple Slaw.

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

I think this recipe would be a fabulous substitute any time you might serve a traditional cole slaw…as a side dish to barbecue or grilled entrees, piled on top of a pulled pork sandwich, or as a serving of fruit and veggies for picky kids at lunch or dinnertime. Because let me tell you, my kids went crazy over this.

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

It has a little bit of everything, flavor- and texture-wise. The crunchy carrots soften the longer they sit in the dressing, but they still maintain a nice bite. I prefer using a sweet apple and a tart apple to get both flavors in there, but feel free to use your favorite variety. The dressing includes a bit of honey for sweetness and a splash of rice wine vinegar for tang. But I think the dried cranberries and feta cheese crumbles are the real stars of the show. The cranberries add a pop of flavor while the creamy feta cheese contributes the perfect balance of saltiness.

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

So the next time you need a unique, versatile salad or side dish that’s sure to please, I hope you’ll give this Carrot Apple Slaw a try. It’s easy to make, it’s bright and colorful, and it’s oh-so-good!

Carrot Apple Slaw ~ with crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this salad is a refreshingly sweet and savory side dish for summer! | FiveHeartHome.com

Carrot Apple Slaw

Yield: 8 servings

Carrot Apple Slaw

With crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this Carrot Apple Slaw is a refreshingly sweet and savory salad for summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet red apple
  • 1 large tart green apple
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 10 ounces raw matchstick carrots (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries

Instructions

  1. Core apples and cut into thin slices; cut slices into matchsticks (you should have around 3 1/2 cups julienned apples). Place in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. Add carrots and stir to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, honey, rice wine vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste. Pour over apple/carrot mixture and stir to coat. Mix in crumbled feta cheese and dried cranberries. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper, if necessary. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to an hour to allow the flavors to blend, or longer if you prefer softer carrots and apples. If a bit of liquid accumulates at the bottom of the bowl, serve using a slotted spoon.

Notes

You may use all yogurt or all mayonnaise if you prefer, but realize that doing so will slightly affect the flavor of the dressing.

Same thing goes for the honey...tweak it up or down depending on how sweet you prefer your slaw.

You can typically buy pre-cut matchstick carrots in the produce section of the grocery store. Try to cut your apples about the same size.

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Adapted from Weight Watchers

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Comments

  1. Samantha, I can’t believe how fast this year is going! Also, this slaw looks SO refreshing–I just want to heap it on some pulled pork sandwiches 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Right, Amy?! But just you wait until that sweet baby joins you soon…the year following that will positively ZOOM! 😉 And I totally agree that this slaw would be great on pulled pork sandwiches…I’ve already got that on my to-try list. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re having a fabulous week!

  2. What a gorgeous salad! I’ve pinned this for the weekend.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the pin, Kristi…I hope you enjoyed this recipe if you’ve had a chance to try it. 🙂

  3. My mom used to make a recipe like this. Brings back summer memories!

    I have a link party going on this weekend, I’d love to have you join.

    Thanks, Bobi

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Isn’t food nostalgia the best, Bobi?! My mom made a carrot salad, but without the apples. I have fond memories of that recipe as well… 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Ronald Bosch says:

    Thanks Samantha. For my next Waldorf salad, I am now inspired to add feta and cranberries. Should taste devine.

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