Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother in law was visiting and is an amazing cook! She told me she made an apple salad and I was so excited to try it…it blew my mind! I continued asking for more and more and then I needed the recipe.

The mixture of the sweet apple and the licorice flavor of fennel is amazing. She added in some nuts, raisins, celery and a delicious light dressing to finish it off. It couldn’t stop eating it!

The day after I asked her for the recipe and got to work. She doesn’t always measure so I did my best to get some measurements to add to this post so it can be made for years to come.

I’m going to be honest here too.. I have never used fennel before. I’m actually not sure if I have ever eaten it. I was always told it had a licorice flavor and I am not a fan of that. But mixed with the sweet apples, it is simply delicious. I had to look up a video on YouTube how to cut up a bulb of fennel. But now I think I’m in love and will add it to many future recipes.

This salad is perfect as a side dish or as a main meal. I brought a bowl of it for my lunches for the week as it holds up great in the fridge. It lasts a good 5-6 days before the apples may start to go a bit brown. I will also say that it is super refreshing! I’m 25 weeks pregnant now and have been craving some fresh food instead of comfort like I normally do this time of year. I think it’s a super hearty meal as well and can be great for any time of year.


Apple Fennel Salad

Course Salad
Keyword apple, fennel, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Melissa Crowe


  • 2 green apples cored and sliced thin
  • 1 fennel bulb cored and sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Add the sliced apple, fennel, celery, raisins and nuts to a large bowl and toss to combine.

  2. In a small bowl or pyrex, combine the dressing ingredients: apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk until the honey dissolves and becomes a smooth dressing. Pour over apple mixture and toss to coat well.

  3. Eat right away or store in fridge for up to 5 days!

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