Fennel is an amazing vegetable. According to ancient food lore, fennel detoxifies the body, reduces flatulence, inhibits, funghi and bacteria, clears mucus and benefits the spleen.
Not only that, but it’s totally delicious! Crunchy, aromatic and refreshing – I love fennel!
Now, if you combine that fennel with apple and dandelion, this is a winning recipe for overall health.
Apples contain pectin, a dietary fiber that is linked with lowering cholesterol and improving blood sugar.
And, dandelion leaves are a natural diuretic that is rich in vitamins A, C and K, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Dandelion promotes water removal while increasing potassium levels, supporting the health of the kidneys and spleen, and resolving swellings within the body associated with dampness.
As you can see, there is no doubt this recipe is good for your health. But, the only way to truly feel the benefits is to EAT IT!
Your body will love you for it.
- 3 cups baby spring greens washed (swiss chard, kale, spinach)
- 1 cup dandelion leaves, washed and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 apple, cored and sliced thin
- 1 large fennel bulb, cleaned and sliced thin (remove hard/thick core)
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. honey
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup toasted/salted walnuts
- In a large bowl combine dandelion, baby greens, apple and fennel.
- Whisk lemon juice, olive oil and honey, plus sea salt and pepper.
- Toss the salad with dressing.
- Garnish with toasted walnuts.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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