First Salad Recipe – Green Apple and Fennel Salad

imageI have never tried fennel before, but have often seen it in recipes and on TV cooking shows.  This week I bit the bullet and gave it a go.

Firstly, I had to do some research on the best way to use it as a raw ingredient.  The majority of the advice seemed to be that fennel works well with citrus, and in fresh, summery salads.

Therefore, my dressing is citrus-based (I have never created my own dressing before either, so this is a whole new world for me!), and I included the green apple for that tart freshness.

The verdict at home was “yummy!”, so I hope you enjoy it too.


RFD Original Recipe – Green Apple and Fennel Salad


  • 2 good handfuls of mixed salad greens eg baby spinach, rocket, fancy lettuce
  • 1 green apple eg Granny Smith
  • ½ fennel bulb
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Snow pea shoots


  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice 



  • Cover the base of your bowl with the mixed greens
  • Thinly slice the fennel and scatter over the greens
  • Dice the apple and tomato and scatter on top
  • Scoop out the avocado flesh using a teaspoon to achieve bite-size pieces
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or jug and pour over the salad
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds over each serving
  • Top with the snow pea shoots as a garnishimage