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If you love fennel and are wanting a new way to enjoy it, try this super easy Creamy Fennel Salad! This salad pairs well with almost any main dish and has a bright flavor and crispy crunch.
I have been on a major fennel kick recently. I don’t know what it is about this delicious veggie but I can’t get enough!
Whenever I buy fennel, I usually make some sort of salad out of it. I like fennel when it’s cooked too (see my insanely delicious apple and fennel pie recipe here), but there’s something about it that I almost always prefer raw. It’s so crunchy and holds up really well in salads.
I went through a phase during and after my pregnancy where I was eating a lot of my fennel and apple slaw, but one day I brought fennel home and wanted to do something different.
Around that same time, I was also craving my Mama’s Waldorf salad so I decided to try making a version of a Waldorf salad and use fennel in place of the celery.
It was a hit.
Now I can’t decide if I like this salad or my fennel and apple slaw better. Lol!
If you’re not familiar with fennel, now is a great time to start eating it! Not only is it delicious but it’s good for you too! It’s an excellent source of fiber, but it’s also loaded with:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
In addition to those important nutrients, fennel will also contain 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 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.
Here are two of my personal favorite fennel recipes:
- Deep Dish Apple and Fennel Pie with Ginger
- Crunchy Fennel and Apple Slaw
Have you ever tried fennel? Do you like it? What is your favorite way to prepare it? Leave me a comment below!
- 2 apples, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
- juice of one lemon
- zest of one lemon
- 1/4 cup mayo (you could use all mayo if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup plain dairy-free yogurt (you could use all yogurt if you prefer)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Add all of your dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
- Slice or chop your apples, fennel, onion, and parsley and add to the large bowl. If you are using the walnuts, add them at this time.
- Toss together until everything is coated and serve! This salad holds up well in the fridge, so it can be made ahead of time.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g
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