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apple and fennel salad

Apple Fennel Salad

The subtle anise like flavour of fennel combined with the sweet tart apple flavour is so beautiful, light and refreshing that this salad could make you feel like spring in the midst of winter. Fennel has the power to enhance the flavour of other foods with its mild perfumy anise like flavour, licorice taste and crunchy texture. It is more like a fruit than a vegetable and pairs well with apple. The poppy seed vinaigrette kicks it up a notch!
Course Salad
Cuisine Canadian Cuisine
Keyword apple and fennel, fruity salad, Salad, sweet and sour salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 People
Author Mamasecretrecipes



  • 1 Macintosh apple
  • 1 fennel bulb

Poppy seed vinaigrette:

  • 1 tsp poppy seed paste
  • 1 garlic clove chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and black pepper as required
  • 1 tsp honey
  • a few fennel bulb fronds



  1. Wash and towel dry the apple and fennel bulb and thinly slice the them. Finely chop the fennel fronds and toss them in.

  2. Whisk together the poppy seed paste, lime juice, chopped garlic, dijon mustard and honey then trickle the olive oil little by little while whisking until it emulsifies. Season with salt and pepper. 

  3. Drizzle the desired amount of the lemon poppy dressing in the salad and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

1. Adding olive oil in a steady stream while whisking thickens the dressing.
2. You could add walnuts, almonds, pomegranate arils or dried apricots, cranberries etc to this salad. Use your imagination.