Signe Johansen’s fennel and celeriac slaw

Sweet, crisp, savoury and nutty – this slaw has an added aromatic boost thanks to the aniseed flavour of fennel. It pairs well with duck and other roast meats, such as chicken, lamb or beef.

fennel and celeriac slaw
Ali Allen


1 small celeriac
juice of 1 lemon
1 fennel bulb
2 large firm pears (such as conference)
150g light crème fraîche
4 tbsp mayonnaise
1 ½ tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp apple juice
small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
pecan nuts or walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped (optional)

1. Peel the celeriac, cutting out stubborn bits of root and rough patches. Slice thinly then cut into matchsticks, about 3mm wide. Place in a large bowl with the lemon juice to prevent it discolouring. Prepare the fennel bulb in the same way, adding any green fronds into the bowl as well. Core the pears and coarsely grate into the bowl and toss everything together with your hands.

2. In a separate small bowl, mix together the crème fraîche, mayonnaise, mustard and apple juice. Season to taste then stir through the parsley. Tip into the first bowl and toss together to ensure everything is completely coated with the dressing. Add the pecans or walnuts, if desired, then serve the fennel and celeriac slaw immediately.

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