It’s easy to make a great gluten-free coleslaw. But what about an easy gluten-free slaw that stands out as extra special? Also easy–IF you have the right recipe. This one hails from one of our favorite chefs, Niki Ford, who has a knack for turning the everyday into the divine. Make this recipe for yourself and taste just how much better a truly fantastic slaw can be.
Horseradish, fennel, and dill happily join forces in this bold purple slaw to offer a punchy, crunchy counterpoint to other picnic fare.
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt
- 1 1⁄2 large fennel bulbs trimmed
- 4 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 large carrot peeled and grated or cut into matchsticks
- 2 tablespoons finely minced flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh dill
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons finely grated fresh horseradish root or 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 1⁄3 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
In a large bowl, toss the onion with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes.
Remove the tough outer layer of the fennel bulbs. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the bulbs crosswise.
Add the fennel, cabbage, carrot, parsley, and dill to the bowl of marinated onion. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and lightly massage the mixture with your hands for about a minute to wilt the cabbage a bit. Let the slaw rest for 15 minutes, discarding any liquid that collects in the bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the horseradish and vinegar, then whisk in the olive oil. Toss the slaw with the vinaigrette and the mayonnaise and serve.
Photo: Maren Caruso