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Cabbage, Cucumber & Fennel Salad with Dill


Cabbage, Cucumber and Fennel Salad with Dill is crunchy and refreshing, with a rich and tangy crème fraîche vinegar dressing and poppy seeds.

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  • 1 1/4 pounds Savoy cabbage, very thinly sliced on a mandoline (6 cups)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, very thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 1 1/2 pounds fennel bulbs, halved, cored and very thinly shaved on a mandoline
  • Ice water
  • 1 seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dill, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds


Servings 10
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 60mins


Step 1

Put the cabbage, onion and fennel in three separate bowls and cover with ice water; let stand for 30 minutes. Drain the vegetables and spin dry in a salad spinner. In another bowl, toss the cucumbers with 2 teaspoons of salt and cover with ice water. Let stand for 30 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

In a very large bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the vinegar until stiff. Add the dill and poppy seeds and season generously with salt. Fold in the cabbage, onion, fennel and cucumber and serve right away.

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