Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts & Arugula

Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts & Arugula | simplywhisked.com

Have you guys hopped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet? I’m sure you’ve at least noticed that zoodles (zucchini noodles) are all the rage on Pinterest right now. If you haven’t, go look right now. I had been wanting to try them for months, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Thankfully, OXO sent me their new Spiralizer – the fancy one that has a crank – and I’ve been spiralizing things ever since.

So what did I think about zucchini noodles? I’m only half impressed. Some recipes I’ve tried have turned out great, and some have been a bit on the watery side. But, guess what. You can use a spiralizer for other vegetables. I used it to make this fennel apple salad.

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How cool do these onions look? I had to cut the noodles up so they wouldn’t go on forever, but I love how uniform and thin the spiralizer cut them.

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And, in honor of my favorite television show – Gilmore Girls – I added walnuts to the fennel salad. I’m sure very few people, and only crazy/psycho fans like myself would get the reference, but it’s there. I’ve actually been thinking about trying to make everything they’ve ever mentioned on the show as a sort of challenge for myself. It serves as great inspiration, and would require me to watch every single episode again. I’ve been especially motivated by all this news of the upcoming revival on Netflix. But, I’m not 100% committed yet. I don’t know what do you guys think? Is it worth the challenge?

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Either way this salad is super tasty, and only requires 6 ingredients. I even used store-bought dressing, which is something I rarely do. It’s the French vinaigrette by Brianna’s, which is nothing like most American French dressings (thank goodness it’s not orange). It’s my go-to favorite for bottled dressing. I am not getting paid to say this, I genuinely think it’s a good product.

Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts & Arugula | simplywhisked.com

Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts & Arugula | simplywhisked.com

Fennel Apple Salad with Walnuts & Arugula

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 34 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, spiralized
  • 1/2 sweet onion, spiralized and roughly chopped
  • 2 apples, spiralized (I used gala)
  • 1/23/4 cup French vinaigrette
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss the salad ingredients with the dressing.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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    September 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Watching Gilmore girls as we speak and dreamt up the idea of a spiralized fennel and apple salad…. did a quick search on Pinterest and here I am! Thanks for the great recipe – and the walnuts!! ????

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      Melissa Belanger
      September 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

      This comment totally made my weekend! I have since realized that there was also supposed to be goat cheese in in, but that will have to be another post. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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    October 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    What about the walnuts?

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    Adele Aiken
    November 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    any tips for spiralizing fenel??

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      Melissa Belanger
      November 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Just go for it. It’s going to make a bit of a mess, but just chop of the fronds and keep the base to attach it to the spiralizer.

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    Do you make the dressing? If so what do you use?

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