Spicy Fennel Slaw: Seasonal Chef Recipe

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This quick and easy spicy fennel slaw is perfect over grilled soft shell crabs, chicken or even hot dogs. Make a big batch as it will sure be be eaten quickly! Click here to read more about this spicy slaw and grilled soft shell crabs..

Spicy Fennel Slaw

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups

You can make this as spicy as you like. Keep the seeds in your jalapeño for a real spicy kick.

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and sliced very thin
  • 3 – 4 ramps, white and green part sliced thin
  • ½-1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Zest and juice if 1 large lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sugar

Instructions

  1. Remove the tough outer layer of the fennel and slice it thinly using a mandolin or a very sharp knife. Set in a large bowl.
  2. Add the jalapeno, ramps, cilantro, lemon zest and juice. Toss to combine.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and ½ teaspoon of sugar. Toss well. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. After the fennel starts to soften toss it again and taste for seasoning. Add more to taste.

Notes

When ramp season is behind us substitute them for scallion and a large garlic clove.

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Spicy Fennel Slaw
Makes about 2 cups

1 large fennel bulb
1 small jalapeno, seeded and sliced very thin
3 – 4 ramps, white and green part sliced thin
½-1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Zest and juice if 1 large lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
Sugar

1. Remove the tough outer layer of the fennel and slice it thinly using a mandolin or a very sharp knife. Set in a large bowl.
2. Add the jalapeno, ramps, cilantro, lemon zest and juice. Toss to combine.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and ½ teaspoon of sugar. Toss well. Set aside for 5 minutes.
4. After the fennel starts to soften toss it again and taste for seasoning. Add more to taste.

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Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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