German Horseradish Cole Slaw


It was a blast participating in the Block Party hosted by Chef Plum at the Taste of Danbury on Saturday. Thanks to all those who came out to support my “live” performance. It was wonderful to actually meet in real life two bloggers, Sarah of Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living, whom I truly enjoy following in the digital universe.

My demo was inspired by Oktoberfest because even though we try ~ one cannot live on beer and brats alone.

This tangy, crunchy slaw is the perfect accompaniment for any German-inspired feast.

German Horseradish Cole Slaw
Serves 6-8 as a side dish


  • 1/4 head red cabbage
  • 1/4 head green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple (preferably Granny Smith)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2-3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Using a food processor with the grating blade, shred the cabbages, carrots and apple. Alternatively, you could just use a box grater.
  2. Scrap the shredded ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the cider vinegar, lemon juice, sour cream, horseradish and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour the dressing over the shredded ingredients and toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle on the caraway seeds and crumbled bacon.
  6. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors marry and serve.

You can make this slaw the day before you plan to serve it. Just note that it will last in the refrigerator only about day or two before it becomes soggy.

Any plans to attend or host an Oktoberfest celebration? What’s on your menu?

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  1. Oooo, I might have to try this recipe! I really like making homemade coleslaw but have been doing it the same way for awhile… I think the horseradish and caraway seeds would take things to the next level!

  2. Yeah the horseradish and caraway totally kick it up from my usual slaw. Glad to inspire you.

  3. I personally am not a cole slaw fan, but my fiancee is and I am sure he would greatly appreciate me attempting this recipe. Looks great!!

  4. So happy to see this recipe, and it sounds like Taste of Danbury was a great event! I've heard of German Potato Salad…but never Cole Slaw…can't wait to try this!

  5. German Potato Salad is my absolute favorite!

  6. Thanks! Hope your fiancee enjoys! I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of cole slaw that uses mayo, so I totally know where you're coming from.

  7. How fun, Alicia!! I am going to try this recipe. I wasn't a fan of coleslaw until I had it in the Hamptons on this killer sandwich. I have been DYING to recreate it, but didnt want to buy the premade yucky coleslaw. Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

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  9. You're so welcome. I hope you like this version nearly as much as the on in the Hamptons. I'm not a fan of that pre-made stuff either

  10. I love how colorful it is! Ordinary cole slaw usually looks boring, no matter how good it is.

  11. This sounds delicious! One of my family recipes is a spicy slaw and this sounds like it be just as yummy!

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