Cherry, Apple, Walnut and Fennel Salad

Another anti-inflammatory concoction of yumminess.  Cherries, apples, walnuts, and dark greens are all known to reduce chronic, low-grade inflammation, which negatively effects our health, body weight and mood.  Large meals can cause inflammation in your body to temporarily skyrocket…So a little anti-inflammatory action is necessary come Thanksgiving Dinner.

Take care with the ingredients and this super simple salad can be really fantastic.  It’s a wonderful side salad to compliment simply prepared chicken or fish.  You could also make an entree salad by adding leftover diced turkey (or chicken or salmon if it’s not Thanksgiving).

Cherry, Apple, Toasted Walnut and Fennel Salad 

  • 4 cups organic mixed salad greens
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened organic cherries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 organic apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb

Apple Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon 100% organic apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 slice of apple
  1. Prep the cherries and walnuts. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add the cherries to the hot water. Let them soak for about 10 minutes until softened. Drain well and cool.  Toast the walnuts in a warm skillet moving them constantly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Prep the apple and carrots. Thinly slice the fennel.  Use a vegetable peeler to make long thin pieces of carrot and apple.
  3. Thinly slice the fennel.
  4. Mix the ingredients for the vinaigrette together in a blender or a food processor.
  5. Toss the greens, fennel, cherries and walnuts together.  Drizzle with a little bit of the vinaigrette.
  6. Enjoy the lovely colorful and crunchy salad.
Make ahead tips~
  • Make the vinaigrette ahead of time and store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Details:
Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian
Salad, makes 4 small salads:
200 calories, 15 grams fat, 1.7 grams saturated fat, 120 mg sodium, 16 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 10 grams natural sugar, 3.5 grams protein

8 thoughts on “Cherry, Apple, Walnut and Fennel Salad

    • The juice is to sweeten the vinaigrette slightly, so you could use 1 tablespoon of any other 100% fruit juice, but another juice may deviate from the overall apple “theme”, so 1 teaspoon of honey or 100% maple syrup would also be good options. Let me know what you try and how you like it!

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  2. By all means throw some tomato in there if you like. I often make a batch of tblouai with lots of tomatoes and hummus when I make Greek salad, so my tomatoes were all used up. My recipes are a starting point. add, twist and tweek to make them fit your plate! Thanks for watching.

  3. Oh Hana, this was a very delicious salad!! I added chicken to make it an entree. I also toasted almonds with the walnuts. The dressing was great. This is the best salad I have had in a long time and quick to make! Thank you for the great recipes.

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