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Fennel Salad Recipe

By Judith Hausman, Urban Farm contributor

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

fennel salad

Photo by Judith Hausman

A twist on the Waldorf salad makes for a great winter refresher.

I turn to root vegetables and brassicas when the weather gets colder but the hearty, earthy food of winter also needs counterpoint. I was looking for a bracing salad to refresh us over the holidays and noticed the array of light green in my vegetable drawers.

Quick as a wink, I fed the fennel (anise), celery and green apple through the slicing blade of my food processor. Then, I spritzed them all with the juice of a lime and sprinkled on some walnuts and some salt. Done. This stripped-down cousin of the Waldorf salad was crunchy, slightly acid and, like a holiday hipster, fashionably pale-green, just the somewhat-seasonal appetizer I needed.

Don’t stop there if you want a luncheon dish. The mix is a terrific base for classic chicken or crab-meat salad or for a simple disk of goat cheese. Chopped dill, cilantro or parsley are possible herbal garnishes, especially if the fennel you buy has been shorn of its ferny fronds.

Fennel Salad

Serves 6 as an appetizer

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, including fronds
  • 2-3 celery stalks
  • 1 large green or yellow apple (such as Pippin, Mutsu or granny Smith)
  • 1 lime
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Using the slicing blade of a food processor, slice the first three ingredients thinly. Toss them with the juice of the lime and salt, to taste. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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Judith Hausman

Judith Hausman
As a long-time freelance food writer, Judith Hausman has written about every aspect of food, but local producers and artisanal traditions remain closest to her heart. Eating close to home takes this seasonal eater through a journey of delights and dilemmas, one tiny deck garden, farmers’ market discovery and easy-as-pie recipe at a time. She writes from a still-bucolic but ever-more-suburban town in the New York City 'burbs.

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