Food Recipe

Salad of Apple, Fennel, Walnut & Parsley

Ingredients —

2 apples of your favorite variety
2 fennel bulbs
1 cup Italian parsley leaves
1 cup toasted fresh walnuts*
2 Meyer lemons
really good olive oil
really good fresh walnut oil*
salt and pepper

Serves four as a first course.

It is important that this salad be cut and assembled right before eating. The only tools you will need are a Japanese mandolin, and a large mixing bowl to toss the ingredients in.

Instructions —

Using the mandolin, shave the apples as thinly as possible into your bowl. Next, the fennel: Holding it by the root end, shave the fennel crosswise into the mixing bowl. Toss in the parsley leaves and walnuts. Slice the lemons in half and squeeze them over the salad. Add a splash each of olive oil and walnut oil. Toss well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

*A note on walnuts and walnut oil: Do your best to find a walnut purveyor at your local farmers’ market, and make sure the oil and nuts are fresh. It really makes all the difference.

This recipe first appeared in W&S October 2017.
 photo by Silas Fallstich