Rainbow Slaw with Poppy-Seed Dressing

Written by chanie on April 11th, 2013

I wish I could take credit for this awesome salad combo, but the truth is, I ate a variation of it at Glatt Ala Carte restaurant in Brooklyn last year. The very following Shabbat, I recreated it at home, and I’ve been making it ever since. There’s just something about the colorful julienned vegetables paired with sweet and tart apples, chewy craisins and crunchy honey glazed pecans that just screams spring. It’s light, refreshing, not overly sweet, and incredibly satisfying.

One of the things that I love most about this recipe is the julienned vegetables. There’s just something about the texture that makes it more palatable. And I get to use my favorite tool of all time – the julienne peeler. It makes preparing homemade slaw so quick and easy, you’ll never have to pull out your hand grater again! My favorite julienne peeler is made by OXO. If you don’t have one, you can buy it here.

I used to wonder if my whole julienne obsession was just me, so I did a little experiment. I made my waldorf salad 2 weeks in a row, using the exact same ingredients. One week, I diced the apples into cubes, the way it’s classically done. The next week, I julienned them into thin strips for a more refined presentation. The results were crystal clear. The julienned salad got rave reviews and was finished down to the last drop. The chunkier cubed salad was eaten, but with not much ado, and I had leftovers.

Rounding out the salad is this delicious poppy seed dressing. The honey helps to thicken it so that it emulsifies into a creamy dressing. Make sure to whisk vigorously (or shake in a container) right before serving, to keep the emulsion from breaking.

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  1. Hindy says:

    I also love my juilienne peeler. I’ved used it for many dishes! This salad is beautiful.

  2. So bright and pretty! I’m especially loving that carrot picture. I am totally loving the apple in this dish. So fresh and adds some extra crunch.

  3. stephanie says:

    i need that julienne peeler!

  4. We got one of the julianne peelers for pesach and kept it out for the year!

  5. Thejewishhostess says:

    Loving your photography! Great Recipe Too!!!

  6. Ronnie Fein says:

    Oxo makes so many wonderful products. This plus my vegetable peeler are tools I can’t do without. This is a lovely looking salad, who cares whose idea it was!

  7. i’ve been making poppy seed dressing like crazy lately! love this post and love your julienne peeler!

  8. Jamie Geller says:

    gorgeous and I love my julienne peeler too although it aint easy to clean — any tips

  9. I have a julienne peeler, but never used it! Time to bring it out!

  10. Just gorgeous and inspiring. I have a bag of poppy seeds I bought months ago and have not opened and I keep wondering why I bought it, now I know.

  11. This looks amazing! Pinning it!

  12. rebecca says:

    Um this is the most beautiful salad Chanie!!

  13. Aliza says:

    This salad looks delicious! I want to make it for a shabbos day meal. Will this work if I prep it all (but the apples of course) on friday? How would i store the zucchini and squash?

  14. rachel says:

    I wanna try this, looks yum. Can I use red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar?

  15. Esther says:

    This salad looks fantastic. Don’t have a julienne peeler. Would grating it in the food processor work? Thanks!

    • chanie says:

      I don’t think grating it would work very well. Grating it in the food processor incorporates the center of the squashes which is full of moisture. It will water down the dressing and cause the whole slaw to go limp. I wouldn’t suggest it.

  16. Do you know if there is a kosher for Passover probiotic?

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