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Apple-Fennel Coleslaw

Apple-Fennel Coleslaw 10.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jun 25, 2020

A great slaw is light and crisp with a dressing that's tangy enough to cut through the richness of grilled and smoked meats. The addition of fennel and apples make this slaw particularly appropriate to serve alongside pork. Don’t skip the celery seeds. They add a crunchy pop of flavor that really wakes up the vinaigrette.

If cilantro isn't your thing, you can substitute mint or basil, or a mixture of herbs.

Make Ahead: The slaw is best if allowed to sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

Storage Notes: The slaw can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, though the cabbage will be less crisp after the first day.

10 - 12

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Tested size: 10-12 servings

  • 1 small green cabbage (about 1 pound), shredded (about 5 cups)
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly shaved (about 1 cup), reserve the fronds for garnish
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tart-crisp apple, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, peeled, cored and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons honey, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro, mint, basil or a fresh tender herb of your choosing


In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, fennel, onion and apple. Season with the salt and toss to combine. (The cabbage may need more salt, so taste as you go.)

In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the vinegar, oil, lime juice, honey, celery seed and pepper. Taste, and sweeten with more honey, if desired, and season with a small pinch of salt. Slowly pour the vinaigrette over the slaw ingredients, using just enough to lightly coat all the cabbage. (You may have some leftover.) Toss the slaw to evenly distribute the vinaigrette, then fold in the cilantro.

Sprinkle with reserved fennel fronds, if desired.

The slaw can be served right away, but is best after about 15 minutes of rest. The cabbage and onions will absorb the flavor of the dressing the longer the slaw sits.

Recipe Source

From Detroit-based digital cookbook author and private chef Angela Davis.

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 73

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 135mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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