apple fennel slaw

Fresh Mint, Fennel & Apple Coleslaw

Hold the mayo! This crisp and fresh take on traditional slaw is a perfect pairing for pork.


Apple and fennel are both known for complimenting and highlighting the sweet flavor of pork based proteins. When sliced thinly (I prefer to use a mandoline), they make for a beautifully crunchy and fresh coleslaw alternative.

Forget the heavy mayo dressing – a simple cider vinegar based vinaigrette with hints of maple syrup is the perfect light dressing. Try pairing this coleslaw with smoked pork ribs for a fresh new take on a classic.

fennel apple coleslaw

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apple fennel slaw

Recipe: Fresh Mint, Fennel & Apple Coleslaw

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  • Author: Jess Pryles



1 fennel bulb, plus fronds

1/2 a firm red apple (I used Envy)

2 Tablespoons mint, chopped

2 Tablespoons wholegrain mustard

1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup

1.5 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

salt to taste


  1. Use a mandoline to finely slice the fennel bulb and place into a bowl. Pick a few of the fennel fronds, and chop until you have roughly 1 tablespoon. Add fronds to bowl.
  2. Repeat the slicing process with the apple, and add to the bowl, along with the chopped mint.
  3. In a small jar, combine mustard, maple syrup, oil and vinegar. Place lid on the jar and shake vigorously to combine. Pour over the fennel mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Add salt to taste, toss again, then serve immediately.

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