Celery, Fennel and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts

“In the winter, I love to have a bright-tasting salad,” says designer and blogger Athena Calderone about this side dish. Honeycrisps are her favorite apples, for their sweet-tart flavor and crisp, juicy texture, but you can use the variety you like best.

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  • Servings: 4 to 6


  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced diagonally 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 fennel bulbs—trimmed, halved, cored and thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples—halved, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn if large
  • Pecorino cheese shavings, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for 7 to 8 minutes, until golden. Coarsely chop the nuts.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the celery, fennel, apples and basil and toss to evenly coat. Transfer the salad to a serving platter. Season with pepper and drizzle with olive oil, then top with the walnuts and garnish with cheese shavings.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published December 2014

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 5735

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Cilia van Zal

Review Body: I just made this as I needed to use up some left-over fennel. I had everything at hand except the Pecorino cheese but that is easily substituted with Parmesan. I just ate it for lunch; it's a delicious and crispy salad. The toasted walnuts are an excellent choice. Next time, when I make a bigger bowl for a group of people, I'd like to bulk it up a little more so then I would serve it on a bed of soft but crisp lettuce leaves.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-08-25

Author Name: Cindy Alvarado-Yeary

Review Body: Wonderful blend of flavors and textures. Easy and very fresh tasting!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-03-25