Apple Fennel Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Apple Fennel Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

When I need a quick side dish that nearly everyone (surprisingly!) will devour, this is one of my go-to recipes. The thin slices of fennel become tender in the vinaigrette and the apple pieces balance the salad with a delicate sweetness. To me, you cannot go wrong with tarragon in this vinaigrette, either. It just adds the right earthiness to the salad. I think it gets even better when it has a few hours to chill out in the fridge.

Apple Fennel Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Apple Fennel Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Apple Fennel Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette
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Also dairy/casein, soy, peanut, tree nut, corn, egg, wheat free.
Recipe type: Side Dish, Salad
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups thin sliced fennel
  • 1 medium apple, cut into match sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fennel fronds
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or your favorite gluten-free vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or other liquid sugar like agave nectar, pure maple syrup, or omit)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon crushed, dried tarragon leaves (fresh, if you'd like, use 1 Tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  1. Add olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper; whisk until dressing is well blended.
  2. Add fennel, apple and fennel fronds; toss.
  3. Chill 1 hour before serving to meld flavors and tenderize fennel a bit.
  4. Serve chilled.


  • In the YouTube video for this recipe, linked below, I show you exactly how to make match sticks from an apple!
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