I found a fennel bulb in the fridge today.
Well I knew I had bought it, but then forgot to use it.
Since I always have apples, walnuts, apple cider vinegar and oil (today olive oil) at home, I suddenly got an urge to make me some delicious shaved fennel salad.
With a mandolin you get those thin juicy slices and I prefer to mandolin the apple as well. You can of course use a knife to slice them, but I think the flavors “marry” so well when they are really thinly sliced.
You don’t like the licorice taste?
I find that the unique licorice flavor found in raw fennel bulb, sort of fades and becomes milder when combined with apple, walnut, vinegar, etc. like in this salad.
I had to make do with what was in the kitchen today, but actually, I prefer to use a tarter apple, like Granny Smith.
This salad combination is crunchy, fresh and tasty, so do give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.
1 fennel bulb, save some of the feathery fronds
1 apple, tart, same size as the fennel bulb
Oil, like olive, walnut, avocado etc.
Apple cider vinegar
A handful of walnuts, chopped
1. Cut the stalks and fronds off the fennel bulb. Save some fronds for the salad. (Use the stalks for soups, juicing, salads etc.).
2. Cut the apple in half and take the seeds out.
3. Place the mandolin over a bowl and slice fennel and apple. Make the slices fairly thin, shaved is the word😉.
4. Drizzle oil over, then apple cider vinegar. Add chopped walnuts. Sprinkle with salt. Cut some of the fronds, and add.
5. Gently fold to coat and serve.
Is fennel a favorite of yours?
Or not? Then do try this salad and prepare to be surprised!