Kale, Fennel and Apple Salad

This kale, fennel and apple salad is not just a pretty face.

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I know it looks kind of fancy doesn’t it, but I swear it’s really not. This is my latest and greatest (nutritious and lovely!) salad since –well–  this salad. And that was only last week. I just LOVE salads. I’ve always loved salads. Wait, that’s a lie. I only really started to love salads in the last 10 years or so, when my mind was opened up to all the non-iceberg salads of the world –not that there’s anything wrong with iceberg– I love allthesalads.

Especially salads with lots of texture.

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Are you a fennel fan? Fan of fennel? Fennel fanatic? Sorry. I absolutely love it! I prefer it raw, not that roasted isn’t good. But I crave the crisp, fresh and faintly licorice flavor and it’s the absolute best in salads.

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And in this wonderfully green and purple salad I added dark green lacinato kale, purple cabbage, tart green apple. Pistachios for crunch and Pecorino for some salty sharp richness.

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The vinaigrette has 4 ingredients; lemon juice, champagne vinegar, olive oil and salt. Easy and the perfect light dressing for this salad.

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Wash the kale well. Use a knife and run the tip along each side of the stem and discard. Stack the leaves on top of each other and chop. I then give it another wash in my salad spinner. (affiliate)

Next core and slice the cabbage, fennel and green apple thinly. To keep the apple slices from oxidizing and turning brown, I toss them in a little bit of lemon juice. Don’t worry, doing this won’t make the salad overly lemony.

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Toss the kale, fennel, cabbage, apple and fennel fronds into a salad bowl.

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Gently toss the kale, fennel and apple salad until combined.

Serve in bowls and drizzle with a little of the lemon champagne vinegar.

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Top with shavings of pecorino, shelled pistachios and a few grinds of black pepper.

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Fresh, crisp and delicious!

I’ve made this my lunch all week and I’ve looked forward to it every single day. It’s great as is or with salmon or chicken and a crisp glass of white wine.

Enjoy!

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Kale, Fennel and Apple Salad

Kale, fennel and apple salad is not only gorgeous but it's SO incredibly delicious too. Kale, fennel, cabbage and green apples is tossed and topped with pistachios, shaved pecorino and black pepper. Drizzle that with a little of the lemon champagne vinaigrette and prepare to fall in love.

Yield: 4 to 6 depending

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE:

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

kosher salt, to taste

FOR THE SALAD:

1 bunch lacinato kale

1 medium bulb of fennel, cored and sliced thin (save the fronds!)

1 cup thinly sliced cabbage

1 granny smith apple, cored and sliced thin*

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

shaved Pecorino Calabrese cheese (Parmesan would work too!)

freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In a jar or a container with a tight fitting lid, add in the lemon juice, champagne vinegar, olive oil and salt. Shake well.

Rinse the kale well and use the tip of the knife and run it down either side of the kale stem and discard.
Then stack the kale leaves, and chop. (I always clean my kale a second time in my salad spinner.)

Toss the chopped kale, fennel, a couple tablespoons of the chopped fennel fronds, cabbage and apple together in a large bowl. Serve and top with pistachios, shaved Pecorino and freshly ground black pepper, then drizzle with the lemon champagne vinaigrette.

*To keep the apples from oxidizing and turning brown, I toss my apples in a little bit of lemon juice.

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