Shaved Apple, Fennel and Celery Salad | Finding Balance

Fennel, Apple, Celery Salad on Plate Gourmande in the Kitchen
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Following a month of sumptuous celebratory feasts, during which our dining room tables groaned under the weight of our festivities, we naturally gravitate towards a return to balance.  We seek out lively and clean flavors to reset our taste buds and brighten the dull winter days.

Fennel, celery and apple are such wonderful partners in this endeavor and offer a welcome respite from the heavier foods of late.  Crispy, crunchy and light, they combine to create a winter-time salad that brings a little cheer to a dulled post-holiday palate.

Fennel, Apple, Celery Salad Ingredients Gourmande in the Kitchen

While celery and apples are household staples and beloved snacks that make the shopping list most weeks, fennel is not always so well loved.

Slightly sweet and crunchy, fennel has a fresh assertiveness all its own.  Its subtle anise flavor is beautiful all alone, but its greatest asset maybe its power to blend with and enhance other foods, adding lively layers of flavors and texture.

Fennel Salad Recipe Gourmande in the Kitchen

Long prized for its digestive properties, the anti-inflammatory properties of its essential oil anethole and its vitamin C content, fennel is a versatile vegetable worth getting to know.

This shaved fennel, apple and celery salad may just sway a few fennel fearers into fennel lovers.  Slight tart apples, shaved paper thin are combined with fennel and celery in a delicate mess of winter white.

Fennel, Apple, Celery Salad Recipe Gourmande in the Kitchen

Dressed simply with fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil for a fruity and peppery bite, a gentle sprinkle of fresh parsley and mint finishes off the salad and adds a touch of fresh flavor and color that might almost make you forget how many weeks of winter still remain.

Serves Serves 2 to 4

Shaved Apple, Fennel and Celery Salad Recipe

Slight tart apples, shaved paper thin are combined with fennel and celery int his light and refreshing salad.

20 minPrep Time

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  • 4 celery stalks, sliced paper-thin
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, sliced paper-thin (reserve a few fennel fronds for garnish)
  • 1 large firm, crisp apple thinly sliced paper-thin
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Fine sea salt


  1. Combine celery, thinly sliced fennel, apple, parsley and mint in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice and toss gently to coat.
  3. Season to taste with salt and serve.


Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo

What are your favorite post-holiday meals?


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  1. says

    Exactly the kind of things I want to eat these days. Beautiful, crisp and clean flavors! I also like that you use slightly tart apples, I always want that in a salad.

    P.S. I absolutely adore that green on green fennel picture <3

  2. says

    A fabulous and healthy dish! Fennel is such a refined tasting vegetable. I really love using it in diverse ways, and especially for making salad.

    Gorgeous photos, as usual!



  3. says

    This dish is simply beautiful and so fresh and clean looking. I just used fennel for the first time in a pasta dish and found it’s so easy to cook with and it added a nice balance and crunch to my pasta dish without overpowering it.

  4. says

    I discovered fennel last year. I made a chicken dish that was accented with fennel and artichokes. I really didn’t know what to make of the recipe but I really enjoyed it. Your ‘wintery white’ salad looks beautiful and fresh!

  5. says

    This sounds amazing. Believe it or not I actually have fennel in my crisper, bought it for something or other and haven’t used it. I have all the other ingredients as well. Guess what I am making for lunch. Thanks and your photos are lovely.

  6. says

    You have arranged this gorgeously – I’m in love with your pictures!
    Now I adore fennel and apple, but usually don’t like raw celery. I’d like to try this though to see whether in combination with the other ingredients, I’d like it. 🙂

  7. says

    Mmmm I love these flavors and I can actually envision eating this delightful, flavorful, cool salad all summer long. Perfect! I love the cleansing, healthy quality but the flavors are fabulous!

  8. says

    Sylvie! This is lovely (not to mention drool-worthy). Every time I visit your site, I fall in love with photograph all over again. Just beautiful.

  9. says

    Gorgeous salad Sylvie! I’m loving the blue and green color palate too! Love fennel in salads…I just read an article earlier today by Danielle Omar in the Washingtonian about fennel….Must be a sign to go buy some!

  10. says

    I’m another lover of fennel here. I always keep it around in the winter months to add to soups, braises, and of course, salad.

    My favorite salad is similar to this, but I swap out the apple for radishes and serve it on a bed of smoked salmon. Try it sometime!

  11. says

    Such a lovely and refreshing salad. At our holiday dinners when I was growing up my family always served fennel stalks at the end of the meal. It was said to clean the palate and aid in digestion.

    I love you photos!

  12. says

    I just put this salad together. There were so many great flavor contrasts. I especially liked the addition of the mint. Not sure how you sliced everything so thin so my presentation was not as elegant pictured salad.

  13. says

    this is exactly what I need to revive me at lunch. autumn, winter, spring or summer. you should be given a medal for you photo of the fennel against the green wall!

  14. says

    So strange. I was talking about balance (of a different kind) :>
    I love fennel salad! I have always paired them with sour orange slices. But apples will be fabulous, too.

  15. says

    I am always amazed by how much fresher your produce looks 🙂 Ever since I saw a version of this in Donna Hay’s newest cookbook, I have been wanting to try it out .. but always forget the fennel! doh! I agree with Kulsum about the green on green .. beautiful!

  16. says

    I am on a detox or at least very light diet now. This is just perfect and I love the fresh mint here. I am eating mostly salads, but mine can never look even half as good as yours. Love the Anthropologie plate!

  17. nur says

    ok this looks delicious and your writing is just lovely…but how did you shave the vegetables, did you use a special tool?…

  18. Dee loves raw veggies says

    I made this for dinner and it is unanimously a new favorite. Absolutely delicious. Thank you.