Apple and Fennel Slaw
This flavourful slaw makes a fantastic side dish for grilled pork or chicken. You can also serve it as a gourmet topping for burgers, sausages, or my personal favourite, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches.
It's easy to prepare this simple side with the help of a manoline, cutting thin even slices quickly is a breeze with this tool. It's not necessary, but it will certainly speed things up.
- 2 small fennel bulbs, reserve a few fronds
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 small red onion (about 1/2 cup thinly sliced)
- 3 tablespoons of your very best quality olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- pinch of salt
Slice the fennel bulbs in half, lengthwise. Remove the stems from the top and tough center core from the bulb. Remember to reserve a few fronds from the stems for garnishing. Slice the halved fennel bulbs very thinly using a sharp knife or a mandolin.
Cut the apple into quarters and remove the seeds and core. Cut each quarter into paper thin slices with either a sharp knife or a mandolin.
Remove the papery skin from the onion, and slice into very thin rings. I like to cut the largest of the onion rings in half, so nobody ends up with too much onion in any one bite.
To a small jar, add the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Put the lid on the jar and shake to combine.
In a large bowl, toss together the fennel, apple and onion slices with the dressing until everything is nicely coated with the dressing. Scatter a few bits of the reserved frond to garnish.