Cherry Cuban Coleslaw

Northern Michigan Recipe: The Intentional Minimalist makes a farm-to-table Cherry Cuban Coleslaw using local fresh produce paired with pulled pork from Mana Food for Soul. A unique way to enjoy Northern Michigan cherries this summer! Northern Michigan Recipes: The Intentional Minimalist, Kristin Celeste creates a recipe that is centered around Traverse City's cherry harvest. In the recipe she uses local produce from 9 Bean Rows Farm, Black Star Farms, Sun Ra Farm, Fruitful Hill Farm, Wild Things Forager and locally produced products from Food for Thought, Black Star Farms and Mana Food for the Soul. She also recommends heading to your local farmer's market to pick up some ingredients and make sure to call Mana ahead of time to be sure their pork is in stock!

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  • Farm fresh local cabbage Farm fresh local radicchio
  • Farm fresh local wild leek bulbs
  • Farm fresh local dark cherries
  • Local tart cherry preserves
  • Wild leek infused olive oil (recipe link)
  • Local verjus
  • Local wild leek vinegar
  • Fennel seeds
  • Sea salt
  • Local Cuban pork
  • Farm fresh local wild leek blossoms


Slice two cups green cabbage and place in a large glass mixing bowl. Slice two cups radicchio and add to the mixing bowl. Remove pits from one cup cherries, chop cherries and add to the mixing bowl. Slice one fourth cup wild leek bulb and add to the mixing bowl. In a glass jar, mix together two tablespoon tart cherry preserves, two tablespoons wild leek oil, two tablespoons verjus, one tablespoon wild leek vinegar, one teaspoon fennel seeds and one quarter teaspoon sea salt. Stir dressing over coleslaw and mix in two cups Cuban pork.  Let coleslaw rest for five minutes. Stir, taste coleslaw and adjust salt as desired. Remove one tablespoon wild leek blossoms from stem. Stir coleslaw well, plate two heaping cups and sprinkle with wild leek blossoms.

Photo(s) by Kristin Celeste Shroeger