Light and refreshing, this shaved apple, fennel and celery salad is a crisp and crunchy addition to any meal.
Following a month of indulgence I often find myself naturally craving a bit more freshness on my plate. Something lively, with clean flavors to reset my taste buds and brighten the dull winter days still ahead of us. Because, let’s face it, once you’ve had your share of sweets, treats and holiday feasts, it’s time for something different. That’s where this apple fennel celery salad comes in.
Fennel, celery and apple are such wonderful partners 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 while still feeling hearty enough for the season.
It’s loaded with sweet/tart flavors and lots of refreshingly crisp ingredients that on their own don’t sound particularly exciting but together their sum is much greater than the parts. It’s a wonderful cool-weather salad that’s a welcome addition to any winter meal.
How to make a Shaved Apple Fennel Celery Salad:
Paper thin slices of apples, fennel and celery are at the base of this winter salad. Celery, lightly sweet raw fennel and tart green apples are all shaved thinly on a mandolin to create a light and refreshing crispness to the salad while still providing a satisfying crunch. Fresh herbs like parsley, fennel fronds and mint are used generously and roughly torn by hand to wake up those taste buds with some bright flavors.
The dressing is a simple one made with lots of lemon zest, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil for a fruity and peppery bite. A handful of toasted walnuts rounds out the salad and brings a nutty finish to the flavor fest. It might almost make you forget how many weeks of winter still remain.
(This post originally appeared in January 2012; post, photos and recipe have all been updated.)