Fennel Apple Salad
Many blogs are doing the fennel apple combo, and rightly so. Somehow the apple brings out the best in the fennel. This was very refreshing-- would be great for a picnic, potluck or summery meal or side.
Cut off the root stem of the fennel and the stalks with the fronds on it. I used a veggie peeler to take off the rough/discolored bits on the outside of the bulb- not sure how necessary that was.
Use a mandolin slicer to thinly shave the fennel bulb. Thin is the operative word here- it helps make the fennel and apple mix well.
Also thinly slice the apple on the mandolin as well. I quartered the apple slices. Red peeled apple looked really nice but you could use green.
Make a vinaigrette of olive oil (or other delicate nut oil), lemon juice (or white wine vinegar) and a touch of salt. Toss that with the apple, fennel shavings along with some of the chopped fennel fronds.