Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw with Fennel Orange and Raisins


  • 1/2 large head of cabbage, core removed and shredded finely (about 6 cups)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs canola oil
  • 3 tbs fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • kosher salt and  fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbs minced fennel fronds
  • 1/4 cup raisins

This is a very special coleslaw that has a sweet and sour flavor profile. It is totally mayonnaise free highlighted by the anise flavor of fennel along with the sweetness of golden raisins.

  • Combine the vinegar, oil, orange juice, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well and chill.
  • Toss the cabbage with the salt, and sugar in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Cabbage volume will be slightly reduced and cabbage will be wilted.
  • Transfer cabbage to a salad spinner and spin until excess water is removed.
  • Remove vinegar mixture from refrigerator.
  • Add cabbage, orange zest, fennel, fennel fronds and raisins, then toss to combine.
  • Adjust sugar of vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, about 1/2 hour.
  • Toss before serving.

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