Cabbage, Carrot & Apple Slaw with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

This refreshing, brightly-colored slaw from Diane Morgan’s Roots is a snap to do-ahead.

Ingredients:
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
2 cups coarsely grated carrots (or carrots cut into matchsticks)
1 crisp red apple, cored and cut into matchsticks
2 teaspoons finely-snipped fresh chives

Dressing:
¼ cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1¼ teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons honey

Method:
1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, salt, honey and poppy seeds. Set aside. (Can be prepared up to 1 day ahead.)

2. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrots and apple. Spoon the dressing over the top and toss to distribute evenly. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the chives.

Sweet Cabbage Slaw

Crafted with fresh cabbage, this sweet-and-sour slaw is a true German classic.

Ingredients:
5 cups shredded green cabbage, such as this week’s Savoy variety
1 cup sliced apples
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons rye stout vinegar
1 tablespoon German style mustard
3 tablespoons water
¼ cup sugar
2¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground clove

Method:
1. Place butter, cabbage, apples and sugar into a large pot. Pour in the vinegars, mustard and water, and season with salt, pepper and the clove.

2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the cabbage is tender, 1½ to 2 hours. Serve at room temperature.

Radicchio, Farro & Apple Salad

Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.

Ingredients:
1 head Chioggia radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
2 fennel bulbs, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 large sweet-tart apple, cored and sliced
½ cup cooked farro
Garden Herb Vinaigrette (see recipe)
¼ toasted nuts, such as pecans or hazelnuts
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine apple slices, fennel, radicchio and farro in a large bowl.

2. Pour about ¼ cup of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

3. Taste, and gradually add more dressing to your liking. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and toasted nuts.

Maple-Spiced Apples

These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of French toast.

Ingredients:
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ¼-inch thick
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Method:
1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add apples and cook over medium heat until they begin to soften.

2. Add brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Variation: This recipe is also lovely with fall pears instead of apples, or a mixture of the two.

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