Preparing Tom Kerridge’s hardcore coleslaw

Why is it hardcore? Well, the amount of garlic and anchovies in this homemade coleslaw is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But it’s perfect for summer barbecues and works just as well made with winter vegetables and served alongside roast pork.

Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a food processor.


  • 1 bulb fennel
  • ¼ small celeriac, peeled
  • ¼ small red cabbage
  • ¼ small white cabbage
  • 1 beetroot, peeled
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped chervil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley

For the garlic dressing

  • 5 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • 4 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 35g/1¼oz English mustard
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tbsp salted anchovies
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 350ml/12fl oz vegetable oil
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper, to taste


  1. Finely slice the fennel, celeriac, red cabbage, white cabbage, beetroot, onion and carrots and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the fennel seeds and salt. Mix thoroughly, then leave to stand for 20 minutes so the vegetables wilt and cure in the salt.

  2. For the garlic dressing, add the garlic, egg yolks, white wine vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, anchovies and sugar to a food processor and blend until smooth. While the food processor is still running, slowly pour in the vegetable oil in a thin steady stream until the mayonnaise is emulsified. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste. Pass through a fine sieve to make it really smooth. Keep in the fridge until needed.

  3. Rinse the vegetables under cold running water for a couple of minutes. Place in a clean tea towel and squeeze out all of the moisture. Put the vegetables in a clean mixing bowl and add the lemon zest and chopped herbs. Check and add seasoning if required. Fold in as much mayonnaise as you like, you may not need it all. Mix together and serve. The coleslaw will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

Preparing Tom Kerridge’s hardcore coleslaw

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