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If you’re looking for a delightfully fresh and crunchy salad, look no further than this Fennel and Apple Slaw. This crisp salad is so easy to whip up with only a handful of simple ingredients. It tastes great with just about any main dish and it packs well so you can take it to picnics, potlucks, or any other gathering where food is involved.
Fennel is not a vegetable that I grew up eating. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever having it prior to my 30s when I one day decided to pick one up at the store and try it. That was when I was trying to be more adventurous with veggies and really increase my daily intake.
I really didn’t know what to do with it at the time so I just ate some of it raw and then used the rest to make my fennel, apple, and ginger pie. I have no idea what inspired me to make a pie with it, but I’m so glad I did because it is one of my favorite ways to eat it now! Despite people thinking that the flavor combination is a bit weird, everyone who tries it falls in love just like I did. Trust me, you should try it!
But I digress.
This post is not about pie. It’s about salad. And I’d have to say that this slaw is my second favorite way to eat fennel (after pie, of course).
The thing I love about this salad is its simplicity. It has so much bright, cheery flavor with just a handful of fresh ingredients. It’s so easy to make and adds such freshness to any meal.
This is the perfect salad to make in the dead of winter when you’re craving something bright and sunny. Or, it’s the perfect salad to make in the middle of the summer when you want something cool and refreshing. And of course, it tastes great any other time of year too.
Believe it or not, fennel is actually packed with some good things. Outside of fiber, fennel is also a great source of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
In addition, you’ll also find trace amounts of:
- and several other vitamins and minerals (source)
Tips for Selecting and Using Fennel
Fennel is one of those veggies that many people have never tried. Almost every grocery store is going to carry it and I’ll bet you’ve seen it in the produce department many times before. If you’re ready to give it a try, here are a few tips for selecting a fresh fennel bulb:
- Select small to medium-size bulbs that are firm and heavy.
- Make sure the fronds (the stems and fern-like ends) are bright green and healthy-looking.
- Inspect the bulbs and make sure they are free of soft spots, cracks, discoloration, and other damage.
Fennel can be used in so many different ways. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It goes great in both sweet and savory dishes. If you want to come experiment further after this recipe, try adding it to soups, stress, stir-frys, or other salads. You can also just saute it up in some butter with salt and pepper and it tastes amazing all on its own.
This recipe is so simple and delicious! I can’t wait for you to try it! 🙂
- 1. Slice, shred, or chop your apples, fennel, and onion and place in a large bowl. I prefer to slice mine into thin matchsticks but you can do whatever is easiest!
- Chop your parsley and add to the bowl.
- Add the juice of one lemon, the extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.
- If you are serving right away, go ahead and add the walnuts. If you are making in advance, leave the walnuts out and toss them in right before serving to keep them from getting soggy.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g
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This Fennel and Apple Slaw Helps You Eat the Rainbow! (+ Special Coupon Code)
As you guys know, I am a huge fan of all things veggies. If there was just one single thing that I could tell people to do to improve their health, it would be to eat more vegetables. An increased intake of veggies helps boost your nutrition and your health in ways that you simply cannot achieve elsewhere. Science continues to explore and show how the antioxidants and phytonutrients in fruits and veggies can “talk” directly to our genes and help alter genetic expression. It’s truly fascinating and I want to help you improve your health and your life with Nature’s miracle “drug.”
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