Three plates topped with shredded fennel, sliced apple and chunks of mackerel

Apple salad

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Sliced fennel, apple and smoked mackerel come together in this fresh Nordic salad. Serve at lunch or as a starter accompanied by good bread


This apple salad recipe is extracted from Nordic Family Kitchen by Mikkel Karstad (£24.99, Prestel). Discover more Scandinavian recipes including gravadlax, Swedish meatballs and red cabbage, apple and pomegranate salad.



  • fennel bulbs 2
  • eating apples 2
  • smoked mackerel 1 whole or 2 fillets
  • kefir 100ml
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp
  • acacia honey 1 tbsp
  • hemp seeds 2 tbsp
  • nasturtium leaves 1 handful, (optional)


  • Step 1

    Slice off the shoots and roots of the fennel bulbs and rinse the fennel in cold water. Finely slice the fennel using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife and transfer to a bowl.

  • Step 2

    Wash the apples and remove the cores. Slice the apples into very thin wedges and add to the bowl with the fennel.

  • Step 3

    Remove the skin and bones from the smoked mackerel and break the fish into large pieces. Add to the apples and fennel.

  • Step 4

    Pour the kefir into another bowl and season with the olive oil, vinegar, honey, some salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix well to make a dressing.

  • Step 5

    Stir together the salad and dressing, and season to taste with a little extra salt and pepper, if needed.

  • Step 6

    Serve the salad in a large bowl or divided between four plates, garnished with hemp seeds and nasturtium leaves, if using.

Photograph by Anders Schonnemann. 

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 296
  • Fat 20.7g
  • Saturates 4g
  • Carbs 12.6g
  • Sugars 11.7g
  • Fibre 2.5g
  • Protein 13.6g
  • Salt 1g