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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes: Cabbage and Fennel Slaw

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By Kris Wetherbee
October/November 2009
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Serves 6 to 8 

Fennel and basil pair up as flavorful accents for this tasty salad. To further improve this already-healthy dish’s nutritional profile, you can add four small shredded beets and two large peeled and shredded carrots.

• 3 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
• 3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
• 1 small fennel bulb, shredded
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
• 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
• 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
• Salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

1. Toss cabbage, fennel and basil in a large serving bowl.

2. Whisk together peanut oil and next seven ingredients (through honey) in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Pour dressing over slaw, tossing to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish with fresh basil.

Frequent contributor Kris Wetherbee writes and gardens in the hills of western Oregon.

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