Fennel Cabbage Slaw

This fennel cabbage slaw is crisp, fresh and smoky (thanks to crispy bacon). Tossed in a light dressing with dill, it’s summer at its best!

It’s sunny!

And 57 degrees!

Did I mention that it’s February!

In MICHIGAN! What the heck!!? Well it was… up until today.

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There was only one way to celebrate this abnormally beautiful day and that was with barbecued food! All winter long I itch to bust out the grill! And although we Michiganders know there is more snow in our future, until April at least, we still celebrate how the weather is today and make the most of it! And today the plan is to grill up some brats and have a few sides to go along with them. One of those sides being this crisp, fresh and extremely colorful slaw.

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Here is all that you’ll need for your new favorite slaw! 😉

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Fennel. Tastes mildly of licorice… and it’s FABULOUS! I love it raw or grilled, oh-me-oh-my!

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Trim the bulb off from the stalks, discard the stalks but reserve a good amount of the fronds.

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Cut it in half.

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Core it.

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Slice it thin.

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Cabbage. Red or Purple… but it totally looks purple to me! Remove the tough outer leaves and discard.

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Cut this in half too, save the other half to put on some fish tacos or something… oh yum, Oh how I love fish tacos!

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Core it.

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Then cut the half… in half.

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And slice it thin.

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Grab 3 green onions.

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Trim off the root bit and slice the white and dark green parts thinly.

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Fennel fronds… kind of looks like dill right?

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Make sure you have enough to measure about 3 tablespoons when chopped!

Phew the chopping is done!

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Toss the cabbage, fennel and green onions into a large bowl.

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Crumble the bacon… hold back from snatching a few to snack on… I know… IT’S SOOO HARD but you can doooo it!

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Toss the bacon with the fennel, cabbage and green onion.

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In a medium bowl, add the red wine vinegar to the mayonnaise.

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Season the dressing with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

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Add in the honey. I eyeball it… but adjust however you want it… sweeter…etc.

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Add in the chopped 3 tablespoons of fennel fronds.

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Whisk until combined; make sure there isn’t any honey stuck to the bottom of the bowl either!

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Pour over the fennel-cabbage slaw.

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Toss. Sample. Chill. Sample. 😉

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I like to let this slaw marinate for an hour or so to let those flavors meld. So just slap on some plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge to do it’s magic!

This slaw totally rocks. Period.

*Oh and as I edit and add in the photo’s to this post, I am looking out my windows at the 6+ inches of snow on the ground! See… 57 degrees and sunny one week… snowmageddon the next! Gotta love Michigan!

Enjoy! And if you give this Fennel Cabbage Slaw recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Fennel Cabbage Slaw

This fennel cabbage slaw is crisp, fresh and smoky (thanks to crispy bacon). Tossed in a light dressing with dill, it's summer at its best!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 Fennel Bulb, core removed, cut in half, and sliced very thinly, fronds reserved

2 cups thinly sliced Purple {or Red} Cabbage

3 Green Onions, white and dark green parts, sliced thin

3 strips Bacon, cooked and crumbled

FOR THE DRESSING

1/4 cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise

3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

3 tablespoons Chopped Fennel Fronds

1 teaspoon Honey

Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

The slightly modified version of Melissa d'Arabians' recipe

Directions:

Toss the fennel, cabbage, scallions, and bacon together in a medium bowl.

Whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, fennel fronds, and kosher salt and pepper, to taste, in a small bowl.

Add the dressing to the slaw and toss to coat.

Let marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Serve chilled!

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16 Responses to “Fennel Cabbage Slaw”

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    Chocolate Freckles — February 21, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I love fennel too!! That licourish flavour goes so well in salads!! love the pics so much colour!!

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    Daksha — February 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

    i love salads any type:) but u make this one very good! snaps r also make me hungry beautiful photograpy,thnks for share this.

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    Adora's Box — February 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Very interesting slaw. Love all the ingredients (especially the fennel and bacon.

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    Lizzy — February 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    What gorgeous photos! Your slaw sounds incredibly good~

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    The Food Hound — February 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love your photos!! We have been enjoying the fab weather in Knoxville, too!! Not a huge fan of fennel, but I love all the other flavors in this slaw!! I love making homemade slaw– so much better than anything you can buy!

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    eSusan — February 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This looks wonderful, I will have to try it! I know what you mean when the winter temp is above freezing you want to eat something that will remind you that warm weather will return. Now back snow in Boston.

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    *bobbi* — February 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Yum! I love fennel and this slaw looks great. Plus, I love the way you label your ingredients in the photo – very cute. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Christine — February 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Looks soooooo good!!!

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    Jennifurla — February 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Oh wow, I love the color here. I have never made anything like this. I need to remedy that.

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    Kita — February 22, 2011 at 3:26 am

    OMG this looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!

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    Susan Lindquist — February 23, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Love fennel! It's always fun to find another recipe that uses it! This slaw looks terrific! Love the colors and the bit of saltiness with the bacon!

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    Mary — February 24, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I love fennel, and cabbage, and bacon, of course! This sounds fantastic and your pictures are wonderful. it's cold but sunny here. A lot of our snow melted last week, but I still get to skate home on the canal. so I'm happy for the cold as long as it stays frozen.
    🙂

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    Val — February 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I love fennel and your pictures are so light and vibrant!!

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    Mary — February 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

    This is one of my favorite slaws and your recipe for it is spot on. I'm relatively new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries to get a sense of what you do. I'm so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    RadiantShari — October 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I have fresh fennel from my co-op but they cut off the top. What would you use to substitute for the fronds? I'm anxious to try out this recipe!

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