Saturday, April 9, 2011

Radish, Fennel and Apple Salad

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Spring is about awakening, being reborn, growing, transitioning. It's about bright colors and sharp tastes. Surprises in the form of complex flavors and textures. This salad is all of that.

This salad is like taking the covers off your bed and sleeping under a crisp, clean sheet that was dried in the sunshine. This salad is like walking barefoot on blades of green grass and feeling the cold, damp ground under your feet. This salad goes crunch and zing, then sweet and tart. It says "wake up, taste buds, it's time to play."

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Radish, Fennel and Apple Salad
Serves two as a light main course, or four as a side. Serve along side a simple fish or chicken filet. This salad will left you feeling cleansed and fresh.

For the salad
2 bunches of radishes, or about 20 small radishes each cut into quarters
1 bulb of fennel cut into bite size pieces
2 golden delicious apples cut into small chunks
1/2 small red onion diced

For the dressing:
1 clove of garlic
Fresh ginger (a piece about the length of your thumb and twice as wide)
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste

Sesame seeds and poppy seeds

Combine all of the salad ingredients. For the dressing, grate the garlic and ginger into a bowl using either a microplane grater or one with small holes. Add the rice vinegar and olive oil, then salt to taste. Sprinkle the dressed salad with sesame and poppy seeds and serve with some of the fronds from the fennel to garnish.


  1. Hi Nicole. Yes, spring is here alright; even in Holland. This whole week has been full of sun filled days.
    I love the colors in your salad. It's so pretty.

  2. Nicole: it seems like radishes are all the rave this spring! what a nice and crunchy salad. I am a big BIG fan of fennel. Raw, sauteed, baked. Bulb, seeds, fronds. Yum.

  3. So simple and easy to prepare. I have all the ingredients to make this salad except the radish. Got to go hunt for some tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Magda- Glad to hear you're enjoying some sunshine in Holland

    Amelia- I share your love for fennel. I am learning to love radishes because they are one of my husband's favorite vegetables (he doesn't like fennel though!!)

    Quay Po- Glad you're going to try the recipe. ;)


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