Fennel, Apple and Walnut Salad with Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

OK, so I have to admit we have indulged in some delish fattening foods over the last couple days (the kids and I even made cupcakes last night) – and how can you pass up cupcakes..really.  Anyway, needless to say, I am headed to the gym tonight and I decided to behave and make a nice light salad for lunch today.  I found this recipe on another food blog (a great one) called Food Obsessed, I think she originally got the recipe from Canadian Living – it is a keeper.  I love the dressing too!  I also should admit that I didn’t like fennel the first time I bought it.  But last week, while grocery shopping I bought some (determined to try it again), and I believe this salad has converted me – I really enjoyed it this time.

I didn’t have grapes (as the original recipe called for, so I tossed in some dried cranberries (I would say less than they were asking for) – the cranberries are really nice in there, next time I’ll try the grapes.
(serves 2-3)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved – I used some dried cranberries because I didn’t have grapes
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, diced
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • ½ cup Balkan Style Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Poppy seeds
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch paprika
  • For the poppy seed dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, honey, lemon juice, mustard, poppy seeds, salt and paprika until smooth.
  • Add fennel, celery, grapes (or dried cranberries), walnuts and apple, toss to coat.
  • Serve garnished with fennel fronds


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