The sweet-spicy Pink Lady apples complement the tartness of the cherries and the vinaigrette in this slaw, which is a natural companion for pork chops or ham. Cameo, Fuji, or Gala apples will also work well.
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups chopped Pink Lady or other sweet apple
1 (12-ounce) package broccoli slaw
1 (3-ounce) package dried tart cherries
2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seed kernels
How to Make It
To prepare vinaigrette, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
To prepare slaw, combine apple, broccoli slaw, and dried cherries. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds; chill for up to 3 hours.
One of my all-time favorite salads, I make it nearly every week! I love the combination of the sweet vinaigrette with the tart cherries, and I think it just gets better the longer it sits. The only change I make is that I used sliced almonds instead of the sunflower seeds, because that is what I usually have on hand in my pantry. I also cut my apples with the julienne blade on my mandoline, so the shape is similar to the broccoli slaw. Great, healthy side dish that goes exceptionally well with grilled meats :)
Made exactly as written, and unlike other reviewers, I don't think it was too sweet at all, especially because the tart cherries gave the occasional contrast to the sugary vinaigrette. Next time i would definitely use salted sunflower seeds though - the whole dish needed a bit of saltiness.
A favorite in my house since the recipe first came out in 2002. I do think it makes a little too much vinaigrette, but you can dress it to taste. With a sweet-tart apple, the vinaigrette is definitely not too sweet, but rather is a nice compliment to the apple/cherry combo. Love the salty addition of the sunflower seeds, but you don't miss them if you leave them out. Great with BBQ sandwiches or as a fresh and crunchy side to potato soup.
We liked this, a fruity change-up and good match to BBQ. But the vinaigrette is too sweet, definitely would recommend you start with half the sugar and add more to taste -- then dress the slaw. We used the dried cherries but can definitely see switching to less-expensive cherry-cranberries.
This recipe is great with pork. I couldnt' find broccoli slaw so I simply peeled and chopped broccoli and this worked. Also, my store didn't carry dried cherries or cider vinegar so I replaced the dried cherries with dried cherry flavored cranberries which worked well. I substituted the cider vinegar with one part white wine vinegar and one part apple juice which worked, but I might be able to find a better substitute. Next time I may try sherry vinegar instead if I still can't get cider vinegar. I wouldn't make this recipe to far in advance becasue the apples start to turn pretty fast and it looses a little something.
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