Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing

Summer color and flavor are bursting at the seams in this Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing.  It’s a simple to make salad that is a perfect side dish recipe for dining al fresco or adding some sunny color to a meal in the colder months.

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing. This rainbow slaw is a showstopper. With a fruity balsamic dressing, it's quick to make, packed with nutrition and makes any meal happy! -

I like pretty things.  Maybe not what you’d consider traditional ‘pretty things’ but really I like color.  And texture.  And diversity.  Maybe it’s the sign of a short attention span.  Or because I’m a Gemini.

When thinking of a recipe to celebrate summer (that could be tucked into school lunchboxes too), I wanted to incorporate all these things; color, texture and diversity.  I wanted that first glance to be exciting.  And happy-making.

The concept of ‘eating the rainbow’ leapt to mind.  Despite possibly sounding like the objective of a 1960’s acid trip, eating the rainbow is the nouveau goal of consuming foods of all colors in a day.  Each color group of produce bears different nutrients and eating all of them affords positive variability in one’s diet.

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing. This rainbow slaw is a showstopper. With a fruity balsamic dressing, it's quick to make, packed with nutrition and makes any meal happy! -

But there is no reason a healthy recipe needs to take a long time to make and cannot still be fun. In steps Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing.

Both my children have always taken lunch to school due to our inability to eat gluten but the younger loved ‘Rainbow Day’ in elementary school.  On Rainbow Day, all the students eat for free from the school cafeteria salad bar, getting a sticker if they eat foods of all the colors of the rainbow.  Somehow making it a goal and involving the sticker gets kids very excited about eating produce that may normally cause noses to be turned up.

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing brings Rainbow Day to your dinner table. I simply love this slaw recipe.  It’s made quickly and simply with the aid of a food processor, dressed in a way that will add more nutrition as well as taste-appeal while using as many of the rainbow colors possible.

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing. This rainbow slaw is a showstopper. With a fruity balsamic dressing, it's quick to make, packed with nutrition and makes any meal happy! -

Adding the fruit to a simple balsamic vinegar dressing, sweetened by honey, keeps the slaw fresh and the flavors familiar though unexpected in this dish.  The sunflower seeds give it a crunch I love.  With honey being a natural preservative as well as the vinegar, the dressing will remain fresh in the refrigerator for three weeks able to use it on lettuce and fruit salads too.

A secret to keep the maximum crunch is to dress the slaw just before serving.  It will soak into the slaw so the longer it sits the less the crunch (though it’s still delish).  If sending it to school or taking it to work, pack a serving of the dressing separately to be drizzled on at the last minute! (This portable salad container works fantastically for that!)

And I think it’s very pretty.  Don’t you?

Crunchy Confetti Slaw with Strawberry-Peach Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 – 1+ cup servings

To keep the slaw crunchy, keep the slaw and dressing separate, mixing just before serving. If you have extra undressed slaw it can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use and dressed when needed.

This ample dressing recipe will produce more dressing than is needed for the slaw recipe. Keep extra dressing sealed in a the refrigerator to use on other salads

I used fresh fruit to make the dressing however if you desire to make it out of season it could be made with frozen, thawed fruit since it is pureed into the dressing.


  • ½ small head Green Cabbage
  • ½ small head Purple Cabbage
  • 2 large Carrots, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 2 cups Strawberries, hulled
  • 2 small-medium Peaches, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ cup Safflower or other vegetable oil (NOT Olive Oil)
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup raw Sunflower Seeds (shelled and unsalted)


  1. Using the grating disk in a food processor, grate the green cabbage, purple cabbage and carrots. Transfer them into a large serving bowl and set aside.
  2. In a blender combine the strawberries, peaches, honey, oil and balsamic vinegar. Pulse until it liquefies into a dressing.
  3. Toss the amount of desired dressing into the slaw. Add 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds on top of each serving.

This delicious recipe was originally published in September 2012 and has been updated in 2016.  It was included in the Family Flavors eCookbook; a collection of healthy, quick-to-make recipe each with 10 ingredients or less.


    • Toni | Boulder Locavore says

      I feel the same Claire. As I write it’s pouring and looks like London outside. That surely must be the signal fall has arrived, right?!

  1. Cardamom Hills says

    The slaw looks so refreshing…with sweet and sour combination…how can one go wrong!…. I would prefer toasted sunflowers seeds though 🙂 they are too chewy when raw….

  2. Kitchen Riffs says

    Gosh, I’m a real sucker for color and texture too. And this is a great recipe to showcase both. Lovely combo of flavors – I’m not sure if I’ve seen exactly this combo before, and it sounds like it really works. Definitely something I’ll be keeping in mind. Thanks so much.

  3. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says

    Such a beautiful slaw Toni. I love the purple cabbage more than the green one and buy it almost every time I see it at the store.

    I love the sunflower seeds sprinkled on top.

    • Toni | Boulder Locavore says

      Hi MJ. Funny you say that about the sunflower seeds. I actually bought each raw and Tamari seeds. I was not sure if the raw seeds would stand up flavor-wise. They won hands down (though the other seeds were also devoured without slaw!). They were not chewy at all. I keep mine in the freezer so they stay fresh as well as it’s very dry here so maybe that helps! Thanks for visiting!

  4. Pam says

    This sounds like a really yummy twist on traditional coleslaw. The strawberry peach balsamic dressing sounds like a great touch.

  5. says

    This does sound so heavenly! I love the rainbow of colors. I have never made my own slaw before, but it’s definitely something I want to try before summer ends. This is the perfect recipe to start with!

  6. says

    I love the idea of having a rainbow day at school and at home. It will definitely keep the kids excited for sure! I think this is a lovely recipe and it’s a great way to put fresh produce into good use!

  7. Jeanine says

    Oh this looks so good. I love texture when it comes to my foods, especially new foods so this is something I’d love to try out! It looks like it has some lovely texture!

  8. Susan says

    You’ve outdone yourself with this one, Toni. I tried a simple slaw to go with a purchased rotisserie chicken, and it was a flop with both me and my husband. This one, however, would definitely work well. It has also occurred to me that I could use frozen fruit in place of fresh, if need be. It is very difficult to get good peaches in my area. Frozen fruit would also allow me to make this slaw any time I was craving those flavors.

  9. Rosey says

    Wow, there’s a lot going on there. I’d love to try it. I’d love to serve it to the family today too, but I don’t think it’s going to happen (too much going on). Maybe next time!

    • says

      Yep! Just follow Step 2 in the instructions and place all 5 ingredients listed there (the oil is one) into the blender and pulse it to make the dressing! Hope you’ll love it.

  10. says

    This looks delicious and refreshing. I’m always on the lookout for new salad recipes. We try to eat a slaw or salad with nearly every meal.

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