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Fruity Coleslaw

Tami Kramer Nutmeg Notebook
A simple easy coleslaw recipe with a twist! The fresh fruit adds a nice sweetness in contrast with the vinegar based dressing. Make a double batch for your next BBQ, Pot Luck or Picnic. Each bite is a full on flavor explosion! I like recipes that are just a little bit different and unique. I am not trying to recreate the old style coleslaw here – there are plenty of those recipes around. This one is deliciously different – that alone makes it special.
5 from 3 votes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • Blender


  • 16 ounces coleslaw mix – sometimes they come as a 14 ounce bag -that is fine too you can make your own slaw as well
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2-3 Celery stalks – diced
  • 2 apples cored, diced
  • 1-2 cups pineapple chunks or grapes cut in half
  • Celery seed – optional - to taste
  • 4 Mandarin oranges

Creamy White Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 box or can cannellini Beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2-4 Medjool Dates or your favorite type of date could sub 1/4 cup soft raisins
  • 4 teaspoons no salt added mustard
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 2-3 teaspoons Garlic & Herb no salt seasoning or 2 cloves of garlic


  • Place all of the Slaw mixture ingredients except the celery seed, in a large bowl and mix together.
  • Place all of the dressing ingredients in the blender container. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • If you don’t have a high powered blender or if your dates are very hard, try soaking the dates before blending. Simply put the dates in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them – soak for 30 minutes, drain off the water and continue with the recipe.
  • If serving the coleslaw for multiple people go ahead and pour the dressing on the coleslaw – use as much or as little as you like. Stir until the slaw is well covered. Sprinkle with the celery seed if desired.
  • If you want to enjoy the slaw over a few days only dress enough of the slaw for each meal. Store the remainder of the slaw and dressing separately. That will keep it fresh and crisp.


To make this a main dish add rinsed and drained garbanzo beans. It makes a delightful lunch or dinner with some corn on the cob and a sweet potato on the side.