Kale Apple Slaw with Poppyseed Dressing
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Fall produce works its way into farmers markets and grocery stores pretty quickly. These fall slaw recipes take full advantage of it.

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But while autumn’s harvest may seem best suited for being cooked into oblivion, it’s actually hiding some great fresh veggies in its midst. It’s just that they need a little coaxing. A slaw can turn even the hardiest roots and stalks into something vibrant and pleasantly crunchy: Just shred and slice your produce thin and let it pickle slightly in vinaigrette, then watch any cases of the cold-weather vegetable blues slip away.

These fall slaws pair perfectly with heavier dishes like pulled pork (or jackfruit), but also work wonderfully on some of the last grilled sausage of the year.

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To get yourself out of a fall produce funk, you can turn to one of these seasonal slaws—here are 11 autumn coleslaw recipes that keep things bright and fresh.

1. Fennel-Apple Slaw

Fennel Apple Slaw recipe


Fennel and apple each bring their own flavors to the table, with fennel’s anise overtones and apple’s signature tartness. With such strong personalities, they only need an extra-light vinaigrette to dress them up, getting just the slightest spike from a white wine vinegar and olive oil mixture. Get our Fennel-Apple Slaw recipe.

2. Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

Kale Apple Slaw with Poppyseed Dressing


Never mind those leaden, mayonnaise-heavy versions of coleslaw, the ones that usually end up uneaten at the edge of your plate. This perky kale and apple version gives the stuff a long overdue update. Get our Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing recipe.

Related Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Types of Kale

3. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad


Brussels sprout leaves are kind of like the low-budget version of fancy-schmancy microgreens—and raw Brussels sprouts are nothing like their mushy, boiled counterparts. When finely shredded, they have an addictively crunchy, feathery texture with lots of ridges and crannies that excel at picking up drops of dressing. Get our Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe.

4. Carrot Slaw

Carrot Slaw recipe


For such hardy root vegetables, carrots do an awfully good job of soaking in the flavors of whatever you marinate them in. These shreds are loaded with a kick of mustard, red wine vinegar, and aromatic orange zest. Get our Carrot Slaw recipe.

Related Reading: You’re Probably Storing Carrots Wrong

5. Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw

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Have you ever heard of kohlrabi? The word kohlrabi is German for “cabbage turnip.” Kohlrabi is in the cabbage family and has a similar taste to broccoli stems or cabbage hearts but milder and sweeter😋. . The bulbous stems are frequently used raw in salads or slaws. Today’s recipe is a kohlrabi slaw with cilantro, jalapeno, and lime😍! . Ingredients (4-6 servings): 🌱 6 cups kohlrabi (Three 4 inch bulbs) cut into matchsticks or grated in a food processor 🌱 ½ cup chopped cilantro 🌱 ½ jalapeno minced 🌱 ¼ cup chopped scallion 🌱 Orange zest from 1 orange, and juice 🌱 Lime zest from one lime, and juice . Citrus Dressing: 🌱 ¼ cup olive oil 🌱 Juice from one orange 🌱 Juice from one lime 🌱 ¼ cup honey 🌱 ½ teaspoon kosher salt 🌱 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar . Directions: 🥗 Trim and peel kohlrabi. Cut off two ends. Cut in half from top to bottom. Thinly slice, rotate and slice again, making ¼-inch matchsticks.v 🥗 Place in large bowl with chopped cilantro, scallions, finely chopped jalapeño, lime zest and orange zest. 🥗 Whisk dressing together in a small bowl. Toss with salad. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with zest and cilantro. . . . . #familycooknyc #healthyeats #intuitiveeating #mindfuleating #eatgoodfeelgood #nutrition #eatwholefoods #slaw #kohlrabi #kohlrabislaw #germanslaw #coleslaw #kohlrabirecipes #seasonalfood #easyrecipes #plantbasedrecipes #meatlessmonday #veggies #plantbasedeats #easyrecipe #recipes #summereats #wholefoods #homemadefood

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Kohlrabi and cabbage both have tons of crunch, but they are pretty mild-mannered in the flavor department. A strong dressing, like in this Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw with Tahini Lemon Dressing recipe or the above with cilantro and jalapeno, will give them the boost they need.

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6. Crunchy Apple Turnip Slaw

Julienned turnips and apples combine for a light, crisp, refreshing, and naturally sweet side dish that blurs the line between slaw and salad. Salty, creamy feta and fresh thyme make a lovely contrast. Get the Crunchy Apple Turnip Slaw recipe.

7. Cauliflower Slaw

Cauliflower may be a surprising choice for a slaw, but somehow it just works, especially with pumped up garnishes like fried capers and dried currants. Get the Cauliflower Slaw recipe.

8. Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw recipe


Broccoli works too; here it’s combined with cabbage, plus walnuts, dried cranberries, and a creamy dressing that’s a simple mix of vinaigrette and Greek yogurt. Get our Broccoli Slaw recipe.

9. Simple Fall Slaw

Show your love for seasonal produce with this recipe that packs in virtually all of fall’s bounty: carrots, beets, broccoli, apples, and beyond. Get the Simple Fall Slaw recipe.

10. Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Slaw

You’ve probably had your fair share of baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries. Get to know a whole new side of them by trimming them raw into matchstick shapes and allowing them to soak in the flavors of ginger and lime. Get the Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Slaw recipe.

11. Kielbasa with Warm Apple-Bacon Slaw

Kielbasa with Warm Apple Bacon Slaw recipe


Just because slaws are vegetable-based doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to work some meat into them—and when fall really sets in, you can serve them warm too. This red cabbage and apple version is dressed in bacon fat and topped with pieces of smoky kielbasa. Ideal for Oktoberfest, but so delicious you’ll eat it well into winter. Get our Kielbasa with Warm Apple-Bacon Slaw recipe.

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Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University’s program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.
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