Apple, Broccoli, & Horseradish Slaw


I don’t do diets, I’m not into food fads, and I will never give up meat. I think all food should be enjoyed, but in moderation! That being said, sometimes my pants get a little too snug and I know it’s time to take a closer look at what and how much I’m eating. When it’s time to shed a few pounds I like to substitute a starchy bread or side dish with extra vegetables. This is where this apple, broccoli, and horseradish slaw comes in handy! It has all the flavor of a bold side dish with only a fraction of the carbs. I have learned over the years that healthy cooking does not mean sacrificing flavor, in fact, it is just the opposite! Fresh ingredients make stunning, tasty food! Try this apple broccoli slaw and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

apple broccoli slaw

Start with 1 package (12 oz) of broccoli slaw. You will find it in the refrigerated area in the produce section. You will also need 1/4 of a red onion and 1 Gala apple (or other sweet apple) both cut in slivers. Throw it all into a large bowl.

apple broccoli slaw

In a smaller bowl, mix up your dressing. You’ll need 1/3 cup light mayo, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of prepared horseradish. Add in 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, the zest of one lemon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk it all together so that it is creamy and smooth. Don’t worry about the horseradish overpowering the salad. Its potency is masked by the mayonnaise but still gives the slaw an added punch. You can probably find it in the produce section on one of those end stands next to pesto, lime juice, and mixed nuts. If it’s not there, it could be in a refrigerated section either by specialty cheeses or ready-made pastas.

Apple Broccoli Slaw

Now pour it over the slaw and mix to combine. Put it in the fridge until you are ready to serve. This also gives the flavors a chance to meld together and it comes out super tasty!

apple broccoli slaw

How simple was that? With the weather warming up, this would be perfect for outdoor cookouts. I often find myself putting it beside my 3 ingredient tangy marinated chicken or a piece of baked salmon. Doesn’t it have such vibrant colors! For that very reason I am adding it to my Easter dinner side menu this year along with oven roasted brussel sprouts and baked macaroni and cheese. But that doesn’t mean this dish can’t stand alone! I have eaten a bowl of this for lunch many times.

How will you use this slaw? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy cooking y’all!

Apple, Broccoli, & Horseradish Slaw

Heidi Davison
This apple, broccoli, and horseradish slaw is perfect for spring/summer cooking! It is low in calories, adds extra crunch, and is full of vibrant colors!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 78 kcal


  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Gala or sweet apple cut in slivers
  • 1/4 red onion cut in slivers
  • 12 oz package broccoli slaw


  • Whisk first 6 ingredients in a small bowl until creamy and smooth.
  • Toss last 3 ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Combine dressing over slaw and mix together.
  • Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Recipe is adapted from Cooking Light


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  • Jessica Miller says:

    This is so good! It’s light and such a refreshing summer salad! Perfect with bbq & smoked meats! I didn’t have horseradish, but Dijon mustard was a perfect substitute!

    • I love your idea of the Dijon mustard. I bet that tasted really good!

    • It is really tasty, not overpowering at all.

  • Beth Sheldon says:

    5 stars
    Tried Heidi’s Apple, Broccoli & Horseradish Slaw tonight. I omitted the salt as my husband is on a renal diet. It was a hit with both of us. Was tangy and flavorful even without the salt and quick and easy to make. Was very refreshing as tempature here is 100! Had it with pork lion roast. My husband asked me to add it to my “go to” recipes. Looking forward to trying more of Heidi’s recipes.

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