Shaved apple and fennel salad with Swiss cheese

Incorporate late winter and early spring produce in a well-rounded salad with a balance of textures and flavors.

Shaved apple and fennel salad with Swiss cheese

Spring is just around the corner and while it may feel as if there are fewer options at the farmers markets, now is the time to indulge in leafy greens and fresh spring veggies such as fennel, and incorporate more green salads into your meal plan.

This dish has the perfect balance of different flavors and textures. The slight bitterness of the frisée complements the sweet crunch of the fennel and apple and is rounded out by the savory notes of the cheese and olive oil. It’s quick to make and is perfect for an afternoon snack, lunch, or side salad. You can serve it with toasted bread and sparkling water.

Servings: 2


  • 1 medium sweet, crisp apple, shaved or sliced thinly (I like to use Pink Lady apples)
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, shaved or sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups of frisée or other bitter green
  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Layer the shaved apple on the serving plate.
  2. Scatter the shaved fennel on top of the apple.
  3. Bunch the greens together and place them in the center of the plate on top of the apple and the fennel.
  4. Sprinkle the cubed cheese over the other ingredients.
  5. Lastly, add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Optional: Serve with grilled bread and sparkling water.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 196
  • Total fat: 14 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 13 mg
  • Sodium: 212 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 15 g
  • Total sugars: 10 g
  • Dietary fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5 g