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Fennel, Apple, Celery Salad with Cilantro and Lemon

October 11, 2013
by Shannon Hepburn

I stumbled across this recipe on the Food Network site.  If you’ve got an abundance of fall apples staring at you, this is a nice and unexpected way to use some of them.  I love the fennel & apple combo, then the kick of cilantro makes me think of summer – especially when the temperature rises so high in mid-October.  Add some protein to this and make it dinner.  You can add a creamy taste by whisking in a spoonful of yogurt or mayo to the vinaigrette.  Likewise, if the vinaigrette seems too lemony for your palate, substitute some of the lemon juice for a vinegar of your choice.

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Serves: 8 as a side
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
  • Coarse grained salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 large apples, julienned
  • 1 medium head fennel, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 large ribs celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped or more to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large non-reactive bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the apples, fennel, celery and cilantro. Toss until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings.

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