Cabbage is one of those vegetables people tend to avoid. The cabbage soup diet springs to mind…and then springs straight onto your face in the form of utter disgust. Yup. It’s gross. BUT NOT in this recipe – this is cabbage as you have never seen it before. Delicious, crunchy, sweet and wholesome: this is the best coleslaw in the world.
It may take a while to make but you can blame that on the food god that is Ottolenghi. I have nothing more to say on the matter. JUST MAKE IT!
Coleslaw (From Ottolenghi’s Guardian Column)
2 medium carrots, peeled and julienned
1 medium fennel, trimmed and shredded 3mm thick
4 tbsp lemon juice
½ savoy cabbage, shredded 3mm thick
1 large radicchio, shredded 3mm thick
1 small red pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1 red chilli, thinly sliced
100g Greek yoghurt
1½ tsp dijon mustard
1½ tsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
30g parsley, chopped
20g dill, chopped
10g tarragon, chopped
Salt and white pepper
For the spiced cashews
120g cashew nuts, roughly chopped (or other toasted nuts)
¾ tsp ground turmeric
¾ tsp ground cumin
1½ tsp ground paprika
¾ tsp caster sugar
Heat the oven to 160C/320F/gas mark 2½. In a large bowl, mix the carrots, fennel and two tablespoons of the lemon juice. Set aside for 20 minutes, drain in a sieve over the sink and leave to strain.
You can use a food processor with a grater attachment for this, but it won’t be as pretty!
For the spiced nuts, place the cashews, turmeric, cumin, paprika, sugar and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt in a small bowl . Stir a tablespoon of water through the mixture so that the spices cling to the nuts. Place on a baking tray and roast for 10-12 minutes until golden and crunchy. Remove and set aside to cool.
Return the strained carrots and fennel to the bowl, add the cabbage, radicchio, red pepper and chilli, and stir well.
For the dressing, whisk together the yoghurt, mayonnaise, remaining lemon juice, mustard, honey, olive oil, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and an eighth of a teaspoon of white pepper. Pour this over the vegetables and mix well. Add the herbs and spiced nuts, stir to combine and serve.