Raw Shaved Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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Author Notes: I love fennel. It's so versatile - it's wonderful roasted as well as raw, like in this salad. This is such an easy, refreshing salad to make - well, as long as you have a little mandolin to get the slices nice and thin.TheWimpyVegetarian

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Serves 2

  • 1 medium head of fennel
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 medium celery root
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, OR hazelnuts
  • 1 bunch watercress
  1. Using a tabletop, small mandolin, slice the fennel, celery root and apple into very thin slices. I set mine on the thinnest setting. It's important that they be thin since it's a raw salad. Place in a medium bowl, sprinkle on a little lemon juice to keep from turning brown, and toss. Set aside while you make the dressing.
  2. Mince the clove of garlic as finely as possible, almost to a paste. Place in a small bowl. Add the yogurt, buttermilk, vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard, and whisk together.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add to the fennel / celery root / apple mixture and toss. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight to allow the flavors to seep into the vegetables.
  4. Just before serving, add the watercress and toss again.Top with pine nuts, pumpkin seeds or hazelnuts.

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