Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw |

Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw

This post was originally published here August 23, 2013. I’ve recently adjusted the recipe. And I’ve updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes. If you’re craving a dish that can deliver mega crunch, then this vegan slaw is for you!

Now that Halloween is safely behind us (phew!), I’m in full on Thanksgiving mode!

That being said, I don’t even know if we’ll be having a Thanksgiving celebration this year. My initial gut reaction is that we probably won’t. And if we do, it will likely look very different from what we’ve traditionally done in the past.

Which makes me sad. Because Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. And it will be hard to give that up. But at least I can still make all the dishes that I love. And I certainly won’t complain if I’m forced to eat an entire pecan pie by myself!

Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw |

One of the most intensely debated subjects in my family has always been whether we should serve a salad on Thanksgiving. I’m clearly on Team Salad. So any Thanksgiving meal that I’m a part of will absolutely have a big salad (some might even say a Big F*cking Salad!) front and center at the table. I make no exceptions!

This Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw is the perfect salad to have as part of your Thanksgiving meal. Or as a part of any other big Holiday meal, for that matter. It’s light, crispy and refreshing. It’s almost like a little palette cleanser! AND it can be prepared several hours in advance of when you plan to serve it. Which is always an important factor to consider on a day when you’re making multiple (!!!) dishes.

Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw |

I hope you’ll join me over on Team Salad and try out my Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw. And if you have any special Holiday requests or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!



Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw

Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw

At a Glance:
Yield: Serves about 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

For the Slaw:

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds, minced


  1. In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the dressing until well combined.
  2. Add the sliced fennel, apple, celery and shredded red cabbage to a large bowl. Drizzle in the dressing, tossing to coat. Stir in the dried cherries, pepitas and fennel fronds.
  3. You can serve this slaw immediately. Or cover and chill it in your refrigerator for several hours before serving.

6 comments on “Super Crunchy Fennel, Apple and Cabbage Slaw”

  1. Just made it! So delicious!! Thank for the recipe

  2. Oh my, so much crunch Liz!! There’s always a BFS on our table… I love the simplicity of this. I know, it’s a hard year on so many levels. I’m so sad too, Liz, but we gotta find a way to make the most of it. This salad is a delicious start!

  3. What kind of apple do you recommend?

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