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Chris's Sweet-and-Sour Slaw with Apple and Fennel

Chris Kimball, author of "The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook," prepares this refreshing and delicious coleslaw to accompany his crispy, crunchy fried chicken.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 cups
Chris's Sweet-and-Sour Slaw with Apple and Fennel

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • 1 pound (about half a medium head) green cabbage, finely shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium head fennel, thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 cups)


  1. Toss cabbage and 1 teaspoon salt in a colander or large mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Let stand until cabbage wilts, 1 to 4 hours. Rinse cabbage under cold running water (or in large bowl of ice water if serving slaw immediately). Press, but do not squeeze, to drain; pat dry with paper towels. (Cabbage can be stored in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerated overnight.)

  2. Stir together onion, honey, vinegar, oil, mustard, and tarragon in a medium bowl; set dressing aside. Immediately toss cabbage, apple, and fennel in dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Note

After chopping the cabbage, Chris sprinkles it with a teaspoon of salt and lets it sit for a few hours to draw out the excess water. Unsalted cabbage will leech water into the dressing, making the slaw overly wet and separating the dressing from the greens.

Reviews (3)

  • wilsongibbons1 30 Jul, 2011

    The seasonings for this cole slaw make this a novelty. I love the fennel and green apple together. It held up well for a picnic - very light and refreshing.

  • otabenga 19 Aug, 2009

    This coleslaw is just as delicious with dill too, BTW.

  • otabenga 1 Feb, 2009

    This is my go to coleslaw recipe cuz it's got nothing to do with mayonnaise! It's just a great combination of flavors to which I also like to add radishes and grated carrot for extra color and pop of flavor.

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