Apple Fennel Celery Salad

Sometimes, I love to sit down and read cook books… well, watch, more than read! I just love cookbooks. They are such a great source of inspiration. I wish I had hundreds. But then again, if I had that many, I wouldn’t have time to go through all of them and try those recipes that inspire me. Some of them I really want to try so I tag them with little colored post-its. Tonight’s salad was one of them. However, I had to wait until I was alone to try it because no one here would’ve cared to eat it, really. My daughter doesn’t like fennel or celery and my son hates fruits and/or nuts in salads.

Well, guess what? Tonight, I was alone and I jumped at the occasion! I don’t regret it one bit. This salad is simply as yummy as it looks. Fresh, crunchy and sweet, yet tangy, it feels just like summer but looks just like Christmas, with all its greens and its reds. With such beautiful colors, it’s just as nice to look at as it is to eat… if you love fruits and nuts in your salad, and if you happen to like fennel and celery, that is!

Looks just like Christmas

I will definitely be having that one again, probably sooner than later! I think I might even consider taking that one for lunch at work. The apples might oxidize a bit, but I don’t think it would make it any less good. And it would sure change from my usual mixed greens and veggies with cottage cheese. Yep. I might very well do that. Darn. I should’ve made a full recipe instead of cutting it in half. Then I would have some leftover for tomorrow. Oh well, guess I’ll have to wait until next week: I’m all out of fennel. I shouldn’t have mixed it in with my greens.

Ingredients
(serves 2-3)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, diced
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • ½ cup Balkan Style Plain Yogurt (I used low fat)
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Poppy seeds
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch paprika

Instructions

  • For the poppy seed dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, honey, lemon juice, mustard, poppy seeds, salt and paprika until smooth.
  • Add fennel, celery, grapes and apple, toss to coat.
  • Serve sprinkled with walnuts and fennel leaves. (I served mine on a bed of arugula)

Source Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection

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Comments

  1. Jaime says

    Tried your salad today and it was great…I love the dressing too – thanks so much for the great idea. I ended up using dried cranberries because I didn’t have grapes on hand, they worked nicely too.

    • says

      YAY! So happy to hear it worked for you. Thank you so much for sharing your appreciation of this recipe with me. That’s just the best kind of feedback!! :) Cranberries must’ve been very good too! Brilliant idea!

    • says

      I like your version too, Deborah, but I would probably replace the mayo, even though it’s low fat, with plain yogurt. I find mayo just doesn’t add anything nutrition wise and contains way too much unnecessary fat. Plus, I love the tangy taste of plain yogurt. ;)

  2. says

    This salad is right up my alley – love all the crunchiness and the tangy creamy dressing. My kids are pretty good eaters but there are definitely recipes I would make just for me to try that they might not enjoy.

  3. Danielle says

    I love this salad! Definitely making it again. I used muscat grapes. They worked really well with the fennel. Thanks!

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