Fennel was always one of those scary vegetables that I never knew what to do with (and I hear it tastes like black licorice?? Ick!). Well, I'm here to tell you that it's NOT scary, and the licoricey flavor is really quite pleasant. This salad will blow your mind (and impress dinner guests). I made this the first time for a dinner party last summer and have been making it ever since. It's a big winner.
(adapted from epicurious)
1 Large Fennel Bulb
2 Granny Smith Apples
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
Large Handful of Chopped Tarragon Leaves
1/3-1/2 cup Olive Oil
Fresh Ground Pepper
On a mandolin (or with a knife), slice the fennel and apple VERY thinly. Mix in chopped tarragon and pour in dressing. Grind pepper on top to taste.
The lemon will really work with the fennel to bring out the sweet flavors. You can always adjust the amounts of ingredients to work for you. I usually go easy on the oil and kind of eyeball it, just adding enough to help lightly coat everything along with the lemon juice.