The Best Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

Enjoy this refreshingly crisp and flavorful apple fennel slaw recipe. With a perfect blend of sweet and savory, it’s the ideal side dish for any meal!

Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

This apple fennel slaw combines the complex flavors of tart green apples, zesty lemon, fennel and cabbage in a way that is absolutely delicious.

The crunchy texture of this easy salad is perfect for pairing with fish tacos or salmon burgers.  It’s also the perfect side dish for barbecue salmon or grilled halibut.

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We first were introduced to fennel apple slaw while vacationing in the Kootneys.  The crunchy slaw was served in this little restaurant called, Ullr Bar, known for its amazing food!  

I had it paired with deep fried chicken that was drizzled in hot honey mustard and the combination was to die for.  I mean, I would definitely go back to the area just for the food!

Apple Fennel Coleslaw Recipe

When we got home from our trip we immediately started experimenting in the kitchen and trying to recreate that slaw. I think that we’ve really nailed down the flavours of the original!!

You’ll just have to trust us, or visit Ullr bar to decide for yourself. Martin says that the original may have had less apple cider vinegar… so, make this recipe tonight and let us know what YOU think!

Apple Fennel Slaw Ingredients


Let’s start with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store.

  • Small green cabbage, sliced thinly
  • Granny smith apples, julienned
  • Fennel bulb, julienned
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime juice, juice from half a lime
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Coriander
Apple Fennel Slaw Vegetables Cut Up


1. Cut the vegetables.

Apple Fennel Slaw Process

2. In a large bowl combine vegetables, fresh herbs and seasonings.

3. Toss to mix.

4. Add oil, vinegar and lime juice.

Apple Fennel Slaw Process

5. Mix to combine.

Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe


  • Any kind of tart apple works, pick your favorite apple.
  • Red cabbage may be used instead of green.
  • You can use celery seeds instead of coriander.
  • Granulated sugar may be used instead of honey.
  • Use your vegetable oil of choice.
Apple Fennel Salad Recipe


Add thinly sliced red onion, brussels sprouts or celery.

Try using pomegranate seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Some people add fresh cilantro to the recipe as well.

Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

Recipe notes:

  • This is a great salad for making ahead because it is just as good the next day.
  • The entire fennel bulb is used, including the fennel fronds.
  • Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage before slicing.
  • Be sure to slice the vegetables thinly, a mandoline may be helpful. The vegetables may also be sliced with a grater.
  • Store leftover fennel apple salad in an airtight container in the fridge.
Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

Try this easy recipe, it’s a great way to transform a classic coleslaw to become next level delicious.  Add it to your next summer barbecue or winter meal.

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Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

Apple Fennel Slaw Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Enjoy this refreshingly crisp and flavorful apple fennel slaw recipe. With a perfect blend of sweet and savory, it's the ideal side dish for any meal!


  • 1/2 small green cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 2 granny smith apples, julienned
  • 1 fennel bulb, julienned
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice, juice from half a lime
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coriander


  1. Cut the vegetables.
  2. In a large bowl combine vegetables, fresh herbs and seasonings.
  3. Toss to mix.
  4. Add oil, vinegar and lime juice.
  5. Mix to combine.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 633mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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