I love salads and slaws. Especially in the summer. They are light and vibrant, and they are the perfect sidekick to a good cut of meat. After all, does slow grilled meat really count as BBQ without a side of slaw?

I had gotten a good sized portion of fennel in my CSA box a couple weeks ago. I like fennel roasted with root veggies, but I was looking for something different to do with it this time. I really like the way this salad turned out.  I refrigerated it overnight before serving, and stirred it a handful of times to redistribute the dressing. The fennel and the dressing work well together, and the apple really wakes everything up.

This is simple to throw together. It makes a great side, but I found myself just grabbing a bowl and snacking on it. Give this one a try and let me know how you like it. If you want to play with the flavors a bit, I think some raisins would also work well in this salad, and maybe some sliced almonds.

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Lime Ginger Fennel Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Servings: 8

This is a fresh, tasty salad that will brighten things up on a warm summer day. 



  • 1 stalk fennel
  • 2 granny smith apples (or 1 large one)


  • 1 lime (or lemon) juiced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Thinly slice fennel bulb and stalks, and loosely chop the fronds.

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  2. Halve the apples, remove the core, and slice thinly. 

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  1. Combine lime juice, avocado oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger powder. Whisk until smooth.

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  2. Dress fennel and apples with dressing and toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight to allow flavors to meld.

  4. Optional: Serve salad topped with sesame seeds toasted in a warm pan. 

Joe Tsai, D.C, PHC
Joe Tsai, D.C, PHC

Dr. Joe Tsai is a chiropractor and health coach dedicated to helping you live up to your maximum potential. You can contact him directly at drtsai@eatsleepmoverepeat.com.

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