Crisp Winter Coleslaw (great with Buttermilk Chicken)

Crisp Winter Coleslaw (great with Buttermilk Chicken)

Once again I am recommending a Nigel Slater recipe, this time for Winter Coleslaw which slightly contradicts what I said about not wanting to eat anything but comfort food this month. This is a fresher, brighter alternative to the classic winter coleslaw. Crunchy red cabbage, fennel, apple and toasted nuts are finished off with a sprinkling of blue cheese.

Crisp Winter Coleslaw 

 Ingredients  serves 3/4

½ red cabbage
1 bulb fennel
1 stick celery
1 (sharp) apple
1 lemon, juiced
8 walnuts
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
pinch salt
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 tbsp walnut oil
100g/3½oz Stilton

How to prepare

Finely slice the red cabbage, fennel and celery and combine in a large salad bowl. Slice the apple into discs, lay onto a plate and squeeze a lemon over in order to stop it discolouring.

Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan for two minutes and set aside.

For the dressing, take a separate bowl and to it add the red wine vinegar, a little salt, some Dijon mustard and both walnut and groundnut oil. Whisk them together.

Now toss all the components together in a salad bowl. Crumble over large chunks of Stilton, trickle the dressing and serve with some of the green fronds from the fennel bulb.

When combined with Buttermilk Chicken it is a winner with the whole family.