Winter slaws are the business when you crave something to give yourself a boost, They are bright and crunchy and made with vegetables that don’t mind wintery weather.No need to use fragile jetlagged vegetables as local seasonal vegetables are perfect to shred and dress. The bright oranges, greens and purples are like sunshine in a bowl.
The key ingredients for a slaw are usually some kind of cabbage – red or green and then whatever you have or fancy in the line of fennel, beetroots, carrots, radishes, onions, endive etc. Apples, oranges, mangoes and pears also make good additions as do toasted nuts and seeds . They can be dressed with vinaigrettes or creamy mayonnaise. The options are endless so you can let your imagination go riot.
This recipe is for a simple slaw that I made today from our vegetable basket and the remaining red cabbage in the garden. Salting the cabbage briefly makes the cabbage sweat and the juices run, softening the cabbage to a delightful succulent crunch. Ditto with the fennel.
Half a small red cabbage
1 fennel bulb
1 red onion
2tbs white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
1tsp Dijon mustard
100mls olive oil
Finely shred the red cabbage – discard the core. Sprinkle it with a little salt, toss well then leave it aside for 10 – 15 minutes.
Finely slice the fennel and toss with a little salt. Leave aside for 10 – 15minutes
Peel and finely slice the red onion, sprinkle a little salt over then massage until the rings separate. Put the sugar into a bowl, whisk in the vinegar then toss the onions in the mix. Leave aside for 10-15 minutes
Peel and chop the pear.
Put the cabbage onto a clean cloth or kitchen roll then dry well to remove excess liquid and salt, tip into a bowl the repeat the process with the fennel.
Put all the vegetables except for the onions into a big bowl.
Drain the pickling liquid from the onions and use this as a base for the vinaigrette
Add the onions to the big bowl.
Whisk a teaspoon of Dijon mustard into the onion vinegar then slowly whisk in the olive oil
Pour the dressing over the vegetables then toss everything together.
The slaw is ready to eat but it’ll also sit happily in the fridge for a day or two.