Simple Rainbow Slaw |

Simple Rainbow Slaw

Simple Rainbow Slaw is a crunchy side dish for any summer meal.

Simple Rainbow Slaw |

To me, there’s nothing better than a crunchy, fresh, raw salad during the summer when temperatures soar. This Simple Rainbow Slaw is chock full of flavor, vitamins, and beautiful color.

How to Make This Simple Rainbow Slaw

Making this slaw couldn’t be simpler. You’ll combine shredded red cabbage, julienned carrots, thinly sliced apple, and sliced red bell pepper together in a bowl.

To make shredding the veggies easier, use a food processor fitted with a shredding blade. You can also use a very sharp knife or a julienne peeler for the carrots. There’s no firm rules, just try to make the veggies a uniform thickness.

What Dressing I Use For This Slaw

I keep the dressing for this crunchy, raw slaw really basic: just balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. You could also use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Go with whatever you have on hand…it’ll still be tasty.

Simple Rainbow Slaw |

Simple Rainbow Slaw

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 116 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Simple Rainbow Slaw is a crunchy side dish for any summer meal. See how easy and delicious it is. Paleo and whole30 friendly.



  • 1 cup red cabbage sliced
  • 1 cup apple thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots julienned
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Combine the red cabbage, apple, bell pepper, and carrots in a large bowl. Drizzle on the vinegar and olive oil. Toss well, then taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Simple Rainbow Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 277mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 6775IU136%
Vitamin C 63.6mg77%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 Responses

  1. It’s like healthy Paleo “Funfetti” on a plate!!!….LOVE slaws with a vinaigrette-over-mayo base….

    Now…could I bother you with the question of just WHAT main to serve with this to highlight it in all of its’ over-the-rainbow glory?!….Pork tenderloin ?…Chicken thighs or whole roasted?…This is one of the most BEAUTIFUL sides I have ever witnessed!…Thank you for making paleo so visually and palate-appealing!

  2. If you do this with a food processor you can whip up a heap to feed a family or a crowd in a minute. It doesn’t get much easier than that…

  3. I made this for dinner tonight. I was looking for something light and I had a big head of cabbage from my CSA box that I didn’t know what to do with. I used about 1/2 of the cabbage and have enough for 2 more meals. It should be pretty yummy tomorrow after the flavors meld overnight. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great base slaw – I was going to make this as written for first time around, but decided to whip up some coleslaw dressing instead as I was making Paleo mayonnaise for couple other recipes. Using that, coconut water vinegar, a bit of honey and poppy seeds it complimented the slaw perfectly. This is definitely a keeper!

  5. Can you help me out – made this slaw for my camp trip and the ingredients had great potential. Unfortunately I am not a natural chef and doused my slaw with too much vinegar. Can you suggest a good ratio for the vinegar and olive oil so I can try again on my upcoming trip? It still tasted great and loved the fresh ingredients.

    1. Hi there! A basic dressing usually has a 3:1 ratio of oil to vinegar. So, if you need 1/4 cup of dressing, you’d use 3 tablespoons oil to 1 tablespoon vinegar. I like mine on the vinegar-y side though, so I tend to do a 2:1 ratio. Hope that helps!

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