If you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing salad to enjoy this spring, look no further than this Carrot Apple Slaw with Spicy Sunflower Seeds and Honey Vinaigrette! This salad is the perfect combination of sweet, tangy and crunchy. As a nice bonus, it’s incredibly easy to make, and can be made ahead of time.
With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, this slaw can be served as a delightful side dish or light lunch. The star of this recipe, in my opinion, are the spicy sunflower seeds. They’re simply delicious. Toasted until golden and crispy, the sunflower seeds provide an irresistible crunch, and a delightful kick, seasoned with a simple mix of black pepper and salt.
The spicy sunflower seeds are also super versatile. They’re great mixed into savory recipes like hummus and pesto. They’re also a great way to kick up savory granola recipes, or to add some crunch to things like seared steak.
The slaw itself is made with shredded carrot, cabbage, and apple, and is lightly dressed with a honey vinaigrette. The sweetness of the honey pairs perfectly with the tartness of the apple, while the carrots add a subtle crunch. As an added bonus, the slaw can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Taken together, this Carrot Apple Slaw with Spicy Sunflower Seeds and Honey Vinaigrette is a flavor-packed dish that is sure to be a hit this Spring. It’s simple to prepare, and the combination of flavors and textures make it truly unique. This is a recipe you’ll definitely want to try!
- Cabbage. I recommend savoy cabbage, which has a mild, sweet flavor. Savoy cabbage also has a more delicate texture than other types of cabbage, which makes it perfect for slaw.
- Apples. For today’s slaw, I suggest tart apples, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady. These apples will provide a nice balance of tartness and sweetness to the slaw.
- Carrots. Washed, skinned, and then julienned into ribbons.
- Scallions. For garnish and a mild oniony flavor.
- Cilantro. Destemmed, and then chopped up fine.
- Olive Oil. Use a decent quality extra virgin olive oil, one whose flavor you enjoy on its own, as you ‘will’ taste the olive oil in this recipe.
- Salt. If you have a favorite fancy salt, such as pink Himalayan or black Hawaiian sea salt, use it here. Otherwise, plain table salt will work just fine.
- Black Pepper. I recommend using freshly ground pepper, or mortar ground pepper, for maximal aromatics.
Pairing Today’s Slaw
- Grilled Fish. This is a spring-themed salad, as an such I can picture it pairing particular well with grilled fish, particularly herbed fatty fish, such as my Fig and Herb Marinated Salmon.
- Fried Chicken. Today’s salad would pair excellent alongside crispy fried chicken. It would pair especially spicy fried chicken, such as my Cajun Fried Chicken.
- Burgers. For today’s salad, my Korean Burgers would be an absolutely delicious pairing.
- BBQ. Naturally, today’s slaw pairs well alongside all kinds of BBQ, from grilled steaks to burgers. My ideal pairing would be grilled ribs brushed with a wet rub.
Kicking up your Spicy Sunflower Seeds
While I seasoned mine with just salt and pepper, here are a few suggestions for those who might prefer a bit more kick.
- Garlic. You can crush a few cloves of garlic, and add that into the pan as you roast the seeds. Conversely, you can also dust the seeds with a half teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Chili Powder. Simply dust the seeds with a half teaspoon of chili powder while toasting them.
- Paprika. My go-to would be to add up to a teaspoon of paprika while the seeds are toasting.
- Cumin. For added flair, and a bit of ‘earthy’ flavor, add a pinch of cumin while the seeds are roasting.
- Cayenne. For maximal spice, add cayenne to taste.
- All of the above. Or, add all of the above while the seeds are roasting for maximum flavor and spice.
Uses for Spicy Sunflower Seeds
If you have any spicy sunflower seeds leftover, or just fell in love with them the way I did, here are a few ways to use them.
- In Pesto: Blend the toasted sunflower seeds into a traditional pest basil and garlic-based pesto for added kick and a bit of nutty flavor.
- Spicy Sunflower Seed Dip: Blend the sunflower seeds with yogurt, lime juice, basil, garlic, and olive oil to create a light and refreshing vegetable dip.
- In Hummus: Perhaps my favorite for today’s sunflower seeds, simply blend them into your favorite hummus recipe to kick things up a few notches. As an example, these toasted sunflower seeds would be a great addition to my Spicy Hummus.
- Savory Granola: All the craze of late, add today’s toasted sunflower seeds to your favorite savory granola recipe for a bit of spice and nutty goodness.
Apple & Carrot Slaw
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
For the Salad:
- 1/2 of small head of cabbage, sliced thin
- 4 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced thin
- 3 carrots, shaved
- 4 scallions, sliced thin
- 3 – 4 tbs. of fresh cilantro, stems removed and chopped
- 3/4 cup of sunflower seeds, toasted
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 4 – 5 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbs. of fresh grated ginger, grated
- 1 large clove of garlic, grated
- 3 – 4 tsps. of honey
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
For the Salad:
- Combine all of the ingredients for the slaw and toss.
- Heat a medium sized cast iron pan.
- Place the olive oil in the heated pan and add the salt and ground black pepper.
- Add the sunflower seeds and move the pan around, coating the seeds.
- Toast for about 1 minute or so, until the seeds are golden.
- Remove from the pan and let cool.
- Add to the slaw and toss.
For the Dressing:
- Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and stir. Serve over salad.
Keywords: salad, slaw, spicy sunflower seeds, seeds, healthy
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MELANIE E says
I’ve made slaw a number of times but not with apple. Bet that is really tasty.
This is such a bright and flavorful dish to serve with your spring or summer dishes. Thank you for sharing.
This is a refreshingly sweet and savory salad for summer! I would love to try it.
Samantha Donnelly says
This sounds like a perfect salad for me, and I do love having different flavours and textures with a meal
This looks so good and most importantly healthy! I love apples and I love carrots but never had them together. I can’t wait to make your recipe.
Am I missing something ? In the description it states honey in the dressing, however I see it no where in the ingredients.
Living the Gourmet says
Dear Donna, Thank you for noticing that I left the honey out of the recipe. I appreciate it. I corrected it. Use 3 – 4 tbs.. I usually like to taste as I add the ingredients to make sure if it needs more. Have a beautiful day.
I never knew I could try it with apple too. Looks so good. And the recipe is cool. 💖
David J Myers says
Catherine, I’d pair this refreshing and eye catching slaw with a nice angus cheeseburger…and I’d be a very happy camper! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave
Alita Pacio says
This is perfect for people who are wanting to have a healthier diet. So a refreshing recipe to try this year.
Lavanda Michelle says
That saw looks so delicious, I’d love to try the recipe and the outcome. Thanks for sharing!
Yeah Lifestyle says
I love this recipe. The slaw is so refrehing and tasty with both the apple and the carrot in.
Jupiter Hadley says
I have had a lot of slaw but never any with apple! It sounds like it would make the slaw really refreshing and delicious.
Paula Richie says
I’m trying to encourage my family to be open to trying new salad ingredients, since we are a vegan family. Have to run this pass them.
Everything Enchanting says
A salad fan here! This apple and carrot slaw looks so refreshing, delicious and healthy 😍. I need to try this soon!
Celebrate Woman Today says
This is one of your best recipes ever. I appreciate all the fresh ingredients. And apples do add that unique flavor, an undertone, to this dish.
Luna S says
This does sound like a refreshing spin on a normal slaw, it sounds delicious! I will need to try making this.
I love the apple spin on it! I grew up eating lots of coleslaw, I just love cabbage!
Melssa Cushing says
This looks so delicious and I remember having a carrot and resin slaw when I was a kid and it was really yummy. This looks even better! Thank you for sharing and pinning this one to akee for myself!
Miz Helen says
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