This was supposed to be a salad. There was supposed to be spot prawns and some sort of citrus in it too. Not that I’m complaining. I didn’t have much of a vision for this fennel and apple coleslaw, but whatever little bit that I was envisioning wasn’t this. I’m blaming it on the dressing.
It was well on it’s way to becoming a proper salad. It had the best of intentions to be something a little more glamourous than a coleslaw. I sidetracked it with a creamy maple dressing and it was all downhill from there. But wait! Downhill? Hell no. A coleslaw is what this want to be salad should have always dreamed of being.
This fennel and apple coleslaw is creamy with a good hint of sweetness, lots of crunchy spicy candied almonds and crisp apples and fennel. Eat this alongside a fish or turkey burger and you will be happy. Take this to a family picnic, and everybody will be happy. Make this and invite me over and I’ll be happy too
- 1 bulb fennel, sliced thin
- 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
- For the dressing: ¼ cup good quality mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- For the almonds:
- 1 cup almonds
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- Salt and pepper
- OR: 1 cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- Salt and pepper
- Toast almonds in a dry frying pan for 5 minutes, or until fragrant
- Add water, sugar, salt and pepper and stir. Continue to stir occasionally until water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Using a spoon, break up any almonds that have stuck together. Continue to stir almonds ever 2 minutes until they are cool.
- OR: Toast almonds in a frying pan unti fragrant. Toss with melted butter, maple syrup or honey and salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread almonds evenly overtop. Bake for 15 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Let cool before using.
- Combine all dressing ingredients together and set aside.
- Toss fennel and apple with dressing and top with almonds.
- You can use the fennel fronds as garnish too