The Fit Skool

by Kelly

Apple & Fennel Salad


Are you one of those people that tries new foods & flavors or do you stick to the same boring foods day in and day out? I used to be a plain Jane but I have expanded my taste buds and I have Marc to thank for that.

When we first met, the closest I got to eating seafood was fish sticks. Now I will eat any type of fish and even mussels and stuffed clams.

Growing up I hated mushrooms, now I love them! You can literally make me stuffed mushrooms any day and I will eat them. Brussel Sprouts, yuck… I used to think they were so bitter. Now I would eat them as a snack if you put them in front of me! The first time I had salmon I literally gagged and now it is has become a weekly dinner staple in our house.

Sometimes it takes me a few tries to like something but I am happy to try most foods a second time around.

Growing up I always knew what Fennel was but the licorice taste was just gross to me. This was until Marc threw together this lovely side dish using fennel & apples which compliment each other so well in this dish. I couldn’t put my fork down!!! I asked him to make it again and again, apparently I’ve asked so much that now when Fennel is on sale he will buy it make the salad because he knows how much I love it.

This past weekend I came home to Marc making it and I decided it was time to share these flavors with you!

If you love the tartness of a granny smith apple and the tang from lemon juice I promise you will think of Fennel in a different way!




1 Head Fennel

1 Granny Smith Apple

2 tsp Olive Oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/4 tsp Thyme

Salt & Pepper



  1. Slice Fennel & Apple into matchstick slices.
  2. Add Lemon juice, Olive oil, Thyme, Salt & Pepper. Toss well!


I may or may not have eaten right out of the bowl while Marc was making it, and then I think I had 2 servings after. The leftovers didn’t even last long enough for me to write this post, but he will make it again :)

What is something that you just recently started eating?

What is 1 food that you refuse to eat? 

Author: Kelly @ The Fit Skool

I’m Kelly, a NASM personal trainer and group instructor, a former athlete, a wife and soon to be mommy. Health and Fitness is my passion and I am excited to share this journey with you!


  1. I just recently started eating avocado! (At it still makes me nervous each time!) I’ve never had fennel (or if I ate it I didnt know what i was eating) but maybe I will have to give it a try!

    • Avocado has become one of my favorite foods. I probably started eating it about 10 years ago, but I don’t remember it being around when I was little! It’s so versatile though!

      Fennel has a very distinct flavor. If you like apples in salads you should give it a try :)

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