Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fennel Celery and Apple Slaw

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This weekend we had a drenching rain and temperatures fell to the low 60's. It warmed a bit today and the sky was again bell clear, but that rain was a sure sign that fall is on its way. We have one last gathering planned to usher out the summer season, and knowing that pork, in one form or another, will be the showcase of the barbecue, I've been testing recipes for new salads and side dishes to accompany it. The recipe I'm sharing with you tonight is a keeper and this unusual slaw will definitely be on the buffet table. It is packed with flavor and it is a perfect accompaniment to pork or other plain grilled barbecue fare. The recipe is straightforward and very easy to follow, but to really enjoy this salad you must make sure that the component parts of it are very thinly sliced. Unless you grow your own, it is hard to tell how old the fennel you purchase is. Fennel gets tough as it ages, and if it is not thinly sliced, it will be unpleasantly chewy. The next time I make this, I'm going to buy small fennel bulbs and use a madoline to assure it is truly thinly sliced. I do hope you will give this recipe a try. I know those of you who have adventuresome palates will love it. Here is how this special slaw is made.

Fennel Celery and Apple Slaw...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Bon Appetit

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced diagonally, plus 1/4 cup loosely packed celery leaves
2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced crosswise, plus 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds
1 firm, crisp apple (such as Pink Lady, Gala, or Granny Smith), julienned
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk olive oil, cider vinegar, tarragon, lemon juice and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add celery, celery leaves, thinly sliced fennel, chopped fennel fronds, and apple and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Cook's Note: Pineapple can be used in place of apples.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

Phil has a neverending search for good slaw, and I bet he would love this.

Ellen Whyte said...

Interesting but I am not keen on fennel. Hey, now I am NOT tempted to eat! This is a first :-)

Rambling Tart said...

I was just looking at my fennel in my garden tonight, Mary, wondering what I would make with it first. :-) Although I'll definitely be roasting some (swoon!) I'd love to try this salad. :-)

Alessandra said...

I like the idea of this one, crunchy and fresh!

I hope that you are well Mary!


QembarDelites said...

I know I will love this deliciously fresh looking salad...can imagine the crunchiness in every bite!

Jessica Jarrell said...

Oh yum! My friend just gave me a bevy of apples, I'm going to have to try this!

Kim said...

Love love fennel crunch, it is soooo good!

David said...

Mary, This is a nice twist on the 'usual' slaw! Lots of flavor going on! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This sounds like a nice, fresh accompaniment to a barbecue - enjoy the end of summer bash!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Mary, this sounds like a great accompaniment to any pork dish. I'll definitely prepare this with some of the apples from our orchard.

Velva said...

I can totally relate to the drenching rains. Here in north Florida it rained for 34 days-incredible. We have been feeling a slight drop in temperatures and I am hoping that fall comes early.

Love this salad. Love fennel. I think fennel is totally unappreciated in the American diet.


Juliana said...

Beautiful and refreshing salad Mary...
Have a wonderful week :D

Priya Suresh said...

My kind of salad, love fennel very much in salads.

Tanna said...

Oh, YUM!!! I'll be hosting Little Lady's 1st BD party this weekend and her Dad and I are having a rib cook-off just to entertain ourselves in addition to celebrating our precious girl. This will be a perfect addition to the sides! Thank you, Mary. (you have hooked Evan and me on fennel!). blessings ~ tanna

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Fennel and apple seems to be perfect for a pork side dish Mary.

Gerlinde in Washington said...

I love fennel and am always interested in new ways to prepare it. Your slaw looks really tasty!

We Are Not Martha said...

I love fennel and think I'd love it even more with apples! :)


Anonymous said...

Lovely recipe - super fresh tasting ingredients -
Mary x

Vicki Bensinger said...

This would be a great recipe to serve on Labor Day. The combination of the fennel and apple sounds wonderful.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I bet this has a really nice tangy crispy crunch. A beautiful slaw - yum!

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