Fennel and Granny Smith Salad with Blue Cheese

A mandolin makes easy work of this salad. Use the flat blade to slice the fennel and onion as thinly as possible, and the julienne blade to cut the apples; or slice the apple and then cut lengthwise into long planks. I like to use Point Reyes Blue Cheese, which is a farmstead cheese made locally in Marin County.

fennel-granny-smith-apple-salad-recipe ΒΌ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 pound bitter greens, such as escarole, cleaned and torn into bite-sized pieces
2 fennel bulbs, sliced as thinly as possible
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 medium Granny Smith apples, halved, cored and cut into matchsticks (or cut into slices 1/8-inch thick and then cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch planks)
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Shake together oil, vinegar, honey, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper in a tight-sealing jar.

Toss together greens, fennel, onion and apples. Drizzle dressing over top and toss well. Divide mixture among 4 plates. Scatter pine nuts and blue cheese over top.

Serves 4

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4 Replies to “Fennel and Granny Smith Salad with Blue Cheese”

  1. Oooh . . . Mary, you’ve just illustrated the reason we’re developing our very own Market here on NOURISH Evolution! So we can provide you direct access to ingredients and equipment straight from the site.

    But in the meantime, this is the one that I have (http://www.amazon.com/Oxo-Good-Grips-Mandoline-Slicer/dp/B0000DAQ8B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1266383635&sr=8-1) — and I LOVE it. But I also use it several times a week, so it was a good investment for me at $60. Here’s another http://www.amazon.com/Grips-1155700-V-Blade-Mandoline-Slicer/dp/B001THGPDO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1266383635&sr=8-2 that’s just over half that. It’s still OXO, still nice and wide and still looks to be quite stable, so probably a very good buy. Your other option is a cheaper (this one is $22, and I’ve seen–and bought–them for less in Japan Town in SF) http://www.amazon.com/Kyocera-carbon-BN1-Benriner-Japanese/dp/B0000VZ57C/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1266383784&sr=1-5. The downside, I’ve found, is that they’re too narrow to slice whole fruits and wide veggies like fennel and they’re not super stable.

    Does that help?

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