Mutti's fennel salad, aka Fenchelsalat, would be an unusual addition to your salad repertoire. Tasting a bit like anise, it pairs really well 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.
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!
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