Mutti's Fennel Salad

Mutti's Fennel Salad

Mutti's fennel salad, aka Fenchelsalat, would be an unusual addition to your salad repertoire. Tasting a bit like anise, it tastes so good when served with apple slices to balance the flavors. Topped with a vinaigrette, this easy salad recipe is quick to make and an outstanding accompaniment to your buffet recipes.

Make this fennel salad either mixed together with apples or serve the apples on the side. If you're mixing in the apples, Granny Smith's are really nice. I've used Gala apples and the color of the peel is a nice touch. 

Mutti's Fennel Salad Recipe


  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper


  • Prepare the fennel by removing the roots. Trim off the upper leaves. Cut the fennel, vertically, into quarters. Remove the tough core. Slice the fennel very thinly or use a mandolin.
  • Either peel and core the apples and then slice thinly if you wish to mix together with the fennel. If you wish to serve the apple slices separately, as shown above, then quarter the apples and remove the cores. Slice. 
  • Prepare vinaigrette by mixing together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix the vinaigrette with the fennel (and or apple slices) and serve.
  • Serves 4

Fennel is ...

Fennel looks like, and does, belong to the carrot family. Amazingly, it smells and tastes like anise ... with a licorice flavor.

Fennel is an interesting vegetable to use, not only in German salads, but also as a cooked vegetable. Try it roasted or in a gratin. You'll find it an unusual flavor that compliments many different meats.

You'll probably find that you can grow fennel quite easily where you live. It's a very hardy perennial ... considered invasive in some areas, so you'll want to check it out before you plant.

If you happen to have kennels or stables, plant it nearby. It's considered to be good at driving away fleas!

Do dip your apples in a bit of lemon juice/water to keep them from turning brown. They'll look so pretty dressing up this salad.

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