Summer Coleslaw with Apple and Peanuts

Coleslaw? Slaw? What’s the difference?

I’ve had this debate with myself for years because I love all kinds of slaws/coleslaws. In my mind a coleslaw is a salad made of cabbage and other ingredients and with a mayonnaise based dressing. Slaw on the other hand (to me) is a cabbage and other ingredient salad but with no mayonnaise and usually an oil vinegar and even sugar (plus other ingredients) type dressing. Both will make the salad limp, I think, if left over so I always let the slaws refrigerate along with the dressing in a separate bottle and dress right before serving.

While doing our country morning drive here in Round Top on Memorial Day I was trying to decide what type of dressing to go with our bbqued chicken legs. I love legs and since it was going to be just the two of us (can’t wait to get that new home and kitchen because all holidays will always be celebrated with lots of food and people to enjoy it.) I knew I was making the cheese grits that I seem to make anytime there is bbq involved. I thought the coleslaw with apples, green onions, cabbage and a few other ingredients sounded perfect and why not throw in some candied peanuts. After making these candied peanuts I’ve decided to always just buy them already sweetened.

I experimented with the dressing. I had no yogurt so used sour cream, some mayo, a little orange marmalade, honey, apple cider vinegar and some Crystal hot sauce for a little heat. I have to admit, it was a pretty good combination to go with all my veggies and fruit.

Building this house will be a first for us. With all of our transfers (only 5) we were usually in a hurry to get in a house and we managed to find something almost finished and we just picked out lights/carpet/tile etc. With this house we are picking out everything and I’m so hoping I can manage to make the right decisions. Of course, the kitchen is the most important room in our house. That’s where friends and family have always gathered for some of our infamous meals. We always loved our Michie Feast we hade the day after Thanksgiving and hope to get that started again after getting in new home.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer and I’m looking forward to trying many new recipes in the future; never run out of ideas. 

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Here’s a look at one of our Michie Feast Day. Everyone makes a dish, pairs it with a wine and then presents it to the group. This feast was Hawaiian because my daughter and her husband had just gotten back from their honeymoon in Hawaii.  

If you don’t want to make candied peanuts just buy some from the grocery.

Mix up the dressing ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve coleslaw.

Put all your chopped and shredded veggies in your serving bowl, cover and refrigerate. I would put the julienned apples in a small plastic bag and add before putting dressing on slaw.

Start cooking peanuts slowly with the sugar.

Pour peanuts on to foil. As you can see I got mine a little too brown but they were still delicious. Next time I will buy candied peanuts from the grocery.

Summer Coleslaw with Apples and Peanuts


  • Salad mix:
  • 1/2 small cabbage finely shredded (or chopped)
  • 1/2 c. shredded cabbage
  • 1 green apple julienned
  • 3-4 green onions sliced thin
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Candied Peanuts make or buy
  • 1/2 c. cheddar cheese optional
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Duke's Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Crystal hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • Candied Peanuts
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 c. peanuts


  1. Mix all dressing ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to dress salad.
  2. For the coleslaw, shred the cabbage, carrots and apple in large bowl. Add in the green onions, parsley and cilantro. Add cheese if you are adding that ingredient. Right before serving toss with just enough dressing to lightly coat and add the chopped candied peanuts.
  3. If you are making the peanuts (I would suggest just buying candied peanuts) put the sugar and water in a pan and stir over medium high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the peanuts and stir continuously until the sugar coats them and starts to crystalize. This will take about 6-8 minutes. Pour them out on a piece of foil and let cool then chop or leave whole.
  4. Bon appetite!

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