While traveling to France I had a great chance to enjoy some simple yet incredibly delicious dishes.
Back to my Chicago suburban kitchen, I am very delighted when I have a chance to reproduce them, or create something similar – simple and French elegant. This Fennel-and-Apple Salad definitely has a French twist.
From my perspective, this salad is perfect not only for everyday life, but also for a holiday feast. It is a pretty ‘smart’ salad – light, refreshing and healthy. A crisp and juicy combination of fennel and apple will compliment rich winter stews or will make a mouthwatering appetizer (a recipe of the appetizer will follow).
- ½ fennel bulb, paper thin sliced
- 1 medium apple (honeycrisp or similar), julienned
- fennel fronds for garnishing
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½-1 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
- coarse sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
For the fennel and apple I used a ‘mandoline’ type slicer.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Add the fennel and apple. Stir, coating well with the dressing.
Serve garnished with the fennel fronds.
Cook with pleasure!