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Ornish Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad Recipe

Serves: 4
Serving Size: 2 cups
Prep: 10-15 minutes
Ready: 10-15 minutes

Want to brighten up your fall and winter meals? This crisp, refreshing salad will do the trick. Fresh fennel bulbs have a crunchy, celery-like texture and a light, clean licorice flavor. To prepare, remove any tough stalks from the top of the bulb. Cut bulb into quarters lengthwise. Using a sharp knife, cut out the triangular core in the center of each quarter and discard. Thinly slice each quarter lengthwise.


For Vinaigrette:
4 TABLESPOONS apple cider vinegar preferably raw, unfiltered, organic
½ TEASPOON orange zest
1 TABLESPOON fresh orange juice
1 ½ TEASPOONS pure maple syrup
1 TEASPOON whole grain mustard
½ TEASPOON ground fennel seeds
½ TEASPOON curry powder
¼ TEASPOON freshly ground pepper
¼ TEASPOON fine sea salt

For Salad:
8 CUPS baby spinach
2 apples cored and thinly sliced such as Braeburn, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady
1 medium sized fresh fennel bulb, about 8 oz cored and thinly sliced (2 cups)
1/3 CUP dry roasted soy nuts (see Chef’s Note)
¼ CUP scallions chopped


1. To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup, grainy mustard, ground fennel, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss the spinach with the apples, fennel, soy nuts, and scallions. Season lightly with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Toss with three-quarters of the vinaigrette. Taste for seasoning. Add remaining vinaigrette as necessary. Serve immediately.

Chef’s Notes:
Soy Nuts
Dry-roasted soybeans, known as soy nuts, are a crunchy high-protein snack packed with essential amino acids. They can take the place of nuts or croutons in any salad.

Shopping list:
Apple cider vinegar
Orange (1)
Pure maple syrup
Whole grain mustard
Ground fennel seed
Curry powder
Baby spinach (8 CUPS)
Apples, about 6 oz each (2)
Medium fennel bulb, about 8 oz (1)
Scallions (1 BUNCH)
Dry-roasted soy nuts (1/3 CUP)

For more Ornish recipes, visit the online Recipedia.

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