Fennel, celery and apple salad, a summery bowl of crunchy goodness (photography by Tasha Seccombe, styling by Nicola Pretorius)

This recipe must be one of my favourite “finds” of last year – a crispy, texture-rich salad that bursts with fresh green flavours. It contains only 3 ingredients (except for the dressing), and it is so very simple to make. It goes splendidly with grilled trout, salmon or other fish, and is a must on any summer lunch table.

This was my last recipe for The Pretty Blog in 2013, and what an amazing year it was for our food team! Thank you so much Nicola and Tasha for amazing days of inspiration, dedication, patience, food chatter and of course lots of eating. I absolutely love every second of putting together recipes and dishes with you girls! Here’s to many more in 2014, and hopefully even doing something in print in the near future…

Ingredients: (serves 4-6)

  • 2 large fennel bulbs
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 large green apple (Granny Smith)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Slice the fennel bulbs horizontally into very fine shavings, preferably using a mandolin cutter or a food processor slicer. Finely cut some of the fennel fronds as well (about 1 cup), and place it all in a large salad bowl.
  2. Now also slice the celery finely, and cut the apple into fine julienne strips.
  3. Toss it all together, then drizzle with lemon juice & olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat well. Serve immediately.

Note: This salad can be made about 1-2 hours in advance, if covered and chilled. It is the dressing that prevents the apple from discolouring, so don’t forget to toss the salad in the dressing before storing it.


This post was originally written for The Pretty Blog by Ilse van der Merwe from The Food Fox.

Recipe, food preparation and text: Ilse van der Merwe

Photography: Tasha Seccombe

Styling: Nicola Pretorius

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  1. Such a beautiful and simple salad recipe! I love the flavor of fennel and apple together – surely going to try this! Love your blog – lovely place!

    1. Thanks so much Medha! 🙂

  2. Just bought two bulbs of fennel… now I know what I’m doing with them! And I get to use my new mandolin, yay 🙂

  3. I have never tried fennel before, but this looks SO good!

  4. Oh I am SO making this when the weather warms up!! Must remind hubby to grow some fennel on the allotment this year. There is quite a lot of wild fennel around here too!

    1. You have an allotment? Wow! Hope you like the salad – it’s one of my favourites!

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  6. LOVED it. This was sooooo unetpecxedly good! And surprisingly not at all fennel-ly’. Such a hearty dish too. Makes me want to make the cheddar-apple soup for fall and make it a meal with this.

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