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Fennel and Apple Salad with Sharp White Cheddar Recipe



Cheddar Fennel Salad

© Image 2014 Jennifer Meier
Crunchy and refreshing with alluring flavors, this salad is great alone or tossed with a few handfuls of arugula or baby salad greens. To contrast the cool flavors of the fennel and apple, consider adding a little bit of spicy jalapeno pepper, too.

Sharp cheddar tastes best in this salad. Some to consider are Bravo Cheddar, Flagship Cheddar or Grafton cheddar.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 2 green apples, sliced into matchsticks
  • 3 ounces sharp white cheddar, thinly sliced with a cheese plane
  • optional: 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola, grapeseed or sunflower oil
  • sea salt to taste


In a large bowl combine fennel, apple and cheddar. Add jalapeno if using. Other greesn, such as arugula, can also be added.

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and both oils.

Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss. Add sea salt to taste.

If kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, the dressed salad will stay crisp overnight but tastes best if eaten within 24 hours.

© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.

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