Fennel & apple salad

August 2 2015
by emma

Fennel apple salad l a splash of vanillaFennel is a vegetable in the carrot family which is perfect for salads; it has a slight aniseed flavour which is very subtle and palate cleansing.

I had this pleasingly crunchy salad on it’s own while Ant had some oven baked chicken alongside.  I think it would also go really well with Atlantic salmon.  It has quite sweet, fresh flavours alongside some mild bitterness from the parsley and savouriness from shaved Parmesan.


Fennel l a splash of vanilla

Recipe for fennel & apple salad:

2 small fennel bulbs
2 small red apples, thinly sliced
Handful flat leaf parsley leaves
Squeeze lemon
Freshly ground sea salt & black pepper
30g Parmesan cheese, shaved
24g flaked almonds, toasted

30mls extra virgin olive oil
15mls apple cider vinegar
1 tspn Dijon mustard
Orange zest from a smallish orange

Add dressing ingredient to a jar and shake until combined, or whisk in a small bowl if you prefer.

Remove fronds from fennel bulbs then slice off the green stalks; you can use both of these later on in another recipe if you like (the green parts are a bit like celery).  Remove outer leaves of the white bulbs if they’re a bit brown then either slice very thinly with a knife or use a mandolin.

Place the fennel slices, apple slices and parsley in a large bowl.  Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the apple then drizzle over dressing and toss until lightly coated; add seasoning to taste.  Divide between 2 bowls and scatter over parmesan shavings and flaked almonds.

Serves: 2

How to prepare fennel

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Hi Emma, such a joy to see your beautiful, healthy and refreshing apple and fennel salad. Love the addition of the Parmesan shavings and the dressing as well. Your photos are superb…as always, and the recipe is divine. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week! xo

  2. What a beautiful winter salad! Love the touch of red from the apple skin — and what a great idea to brighten the flavors with a bit of orange zest. Yum!

  3. Absolutely love the concoction of fresh fennel, apple and Dijon-based vinaigrette. Refreshing and ideal for this lengthy and hot summer. Love it, Emma 🙂

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