Fennel and Apple Chopped Salad

This salad has a little bit of something for everyone in it.   You’ll get a little bit of sweetness from the apple – the earthy, anise flavoring from the fennel – and richness from the goat cheese.  The simple oil and vinegar dressing is unimposing and lets the flavors from the ingredients shine through.

It’s yummy as a side dish, but could be equally satisfying as a light main course on a hot summer day.  Braeburn, Jonagold, or Red Delicious apples would all work well here.

You will need the following ingredients:

Combine the peeled and diced cucumber 1/2 teaspoon salt in a colander and set over a bowl and drain for 15 minutes.

Whisk the oil and vinegar together in a large bowl.  Add the drained cucumber, fennel, apples, onion.  Toss and let stand at room temperature to blend flavor for about 5 minutes.

Add the romaine and chopped nuts and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide salad among plates and top each with some goat cheese and serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 romaine heart, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • Pepper
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

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One Comment on “Fennel and Apple Chopped Salad”

  1. August 7, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    That looks lovely. I love the salad tongs and bowl haha!

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