Apple & Fennel Salad

I made this to accompany some pork cutlets. The sweetness of the apple and slightly aniseed taste of fennel worked perfectly with pork. This zingy, refreshing salad could also accompany fish or chicken. It’s perfect for a summer’s evening or as I ate them, huddled around my extremely inadequate heater on a “blisteringly cold” sydney winter’s night.

1 bulb fennel (very finely julienned)
1 small red onion or 1/2 medium red onion (very finely sliced)
1 granny smith apple (peeled and julienned)
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
1/2 lemon (juice of)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon fresh dill or fennel leaves (chopped finely)
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley (finely chopped)

Toss together the apple and lemon juice as soon as the apple is cut to avoid it discolouring. Mix in all the remaining ingredients thoroughly, cover and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to develop in flavour.

Serve alongside pork, fish or chicken.

  • Rowena

    Well, this looked delicious and easy so I tried it tonight. Blitzed the whole lot of it up in my Thermomix 🙂 so it had more of a coleslaw texture. Yummo but next time I think I will use half a red onion.
    Thanks for the recipe, I’ll use it again!

    • Snapsies! I made this last week too!

      re. onion – I agree and should amend the recipe. I actually only ever use a small red onion or half a large one. I have updated the details in your honour.


  • glenn of trees

    i am searching for an “australian apple cake”…there was a mention of your recipe for one in something on google, but no recipe was found. the description however seems to match what my mate descibes as what his mum would make.
    i’d love to give it a go…we live in nyc, and will be moving (way) down under to tassie in 2 years. and by the way, i am going to try your other dishes…”in food we trust” .

    • admin


      Thanks for the comments. Sorry, I’ve never posted a recipe for apple cake here, strange that Google thinks I have. Maybe it’s the apple and cranberry muffins? They were delicious if I remember rightly.

      I have made apple cake a few times though never really followinga recipe. I make a simple sponge mixture using sugar, butter, eggs, flour and baking powder then add a little cinnamon, and cubed apples to the mix and bake it in a 180-200ºC oven.

      That’s as much of a recipe as it gets. If you’re looking for a nice cake then try the orange and semolina cake I posted recently. It’s delicious!

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