Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 small head red cabbage (about 1 3/4 pounds)

  2. 1 bunch medium carrots , peeled (about 5)

  3. 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  4. 2 Granny Smith apples

  5. 6 scallions (white and green parts), sliced

  6. 1 bunch watercress

  7. 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  8. 3 tablespoons honey

  9. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  10. 1 tablespoon celery seeds or 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  11. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  12. Freshly ground black pepper

  13. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. For the salad: Quarter and core the cabbage. Set up a food processor with the slicing blade. Slice the cabbage and then transfer it to a colander . Switch to the grating blade and shred the carrots; add to cabbage. Toss the cabbage and carrots with the salt and set colander in the sink until the vegetables wilt, 1 to 4 hours. Rinse cabbage mixture thoroughly in cold water and spin it dry in a salad spinner .

  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing : Whisk the vinegar with the honey , mustard, celery seeds, salt, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing.

  3. Quarter, core , and shred the apples. Toss the cabbage mixture with the apples, scallions, and about 1⁄2 cup of the dressing. Refrigerate until chilled and the flavors come together, about 1 hour. When ready to serve, toss the watercress with the remaining dressing. Make a ring on a platter with the watercress, and mound the coleslaw in the middle of the ring.

  4. Know-How: Salting the cabbage gives the slaw its characteristic tender bite, as well as expressing excess liquid. If you skip this step, your salad will be soggy and bland.


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