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