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FANTASTIC Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad

November 11, 2014
TSL Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad

(Image by TSL)      

Fun fact #1 about pomegranates: Pomegranates are awesome.
Fun fact #2: Pomegranates are like little explosions of awesome in your mouth.
Fun fact #3: A lot of people think you’re not supposed to eat the seeds of a pomegranate – but that’s not true, people who tell you that are liars, and they don’t know anything about life, and they should never be trusted. (Tahereh Mafi)

This post comes to you largely because of the lovely Erin over at Enjoying This Journey.

Erin and I have never met in the real world. And, it is entirely possible that we never will. She lives with her family on a wee homestead in the U.S. And, I live in a wee townhouse in central Sydney. But, still – she is my friend. My blogging friend. And, we both happen to follow the Autoimmune Protocol.

I love this blogging world that has opened up to me over the past few years. I love the fact that I have connected with people all over the world. And, I love that I have connected with some who are not so far away, too. It’s bloody brilliant!

Back to Erin and her pomegranates. Erin loves pomegranates. I get the feeling they may even be her favourite food. And, I will admit that I find them hard to resist, too – their beautiful, jewel tones coupled with their bursts of intense flavour in your mouth (channelling Nigella Lawson!). There’s something festive about them, too.

And, they’re even good for you – arguably the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits with seriously potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects. True!

A pomegranate is filled with rubies when you open it up. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend – but not for me. I love rubies; they’re great over necks, you know. (Lynda Resnick)

Erin is collecting pomegranate recipes.

And, even though it’s completely the wrong time of year for her to be thinking about summer salads up there in the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d give her a wee something to bookmark for later.

Because, I am definitely thinking of salads down here. We’re having a very hot start to summer…

This little number is fresh and crunchy. It’s the perfect counterpart to my Slow Cooked Pork Neck (which is on permanent rotation around here), but would be equally good at a barbecue, too.

TSLFennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad

Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad
(Image by TSL)

I picked up some gorgeous looking organic fennel at the markets on Saturday. And, rather than braising or roasting it, this time I thought fresh might just be best.

I got the LM two thumbs up. Always a good sign!

And, normally, I would have used my mandolin for all the slicing involved. But this time, I did all my chopping, slicing and dicing by hand. Just to see if I could. And it worked. Quite a calming process, really…

FANTASTIC Fennel, Celery, Apple & Pomegranate Salad

  • Servings: 4-ish
  • Difficulty: REALLY easy. Even easier with a mandolin
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TSL Fennel, Celery, Apple and Pomegranate Salad


3 x small/medium fennel bulbs
3 – 4 celery stalks
Leaves from 3 – 4 stalks of celery
1 x Fuji or Gala apple
1 x shallot
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley
Seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate (or more if you’re greedy like me)
Zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (omit black pepper for strict AIP)


1. Wash and thinly slice your fennel and celery. Peel and thinly slice your shallot. Wash, core and slice your apple into match sticks. Coarsely chop your celery leaves and parsley. Throw all your chopped ingredients and lime zest into a large salad bowl. Mix with your hands.

2. Add your lime juice and EVOO to the bowl. Toss through.

3. Check for seasoning. Top your salad with the pomegranate seeds.

E N J O Y !

This recipe features in the Phoenix Helix recipe roundtable.

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  • petra8paleo November 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

    This salad looks gorgeous! I’ve avoided pomegranates because I figured they contain seeds & therefore are not AIP-legal. Do you have any insight into this? Or are they a food you are including as part of your reintroduction phase?

    • This Sydney Life November 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I thought a blogging break meant I wouldn’t see you! SO glad that’s not the case…

      To be honest, it never occurred to me NOT to eat pomegranate. But, as usual, you have me scratching my head. I have consulted with the oracle and she only mentions pomegranates in terms of storage in the cookbook. In ‘the Paleo Approach’, the word is that if you can eat a seed raw, it should be OK BUT “if the seeds are big enough for you to break up with your teeth (like those of pomegranates, cucumber, and zucchini), you should exercise caution with these foods. These foods still contain protease inhibitors, and breaking up the seeds with your teeth may irritate the gut” (Page 107)

      I have not experienced any issues with pomegranates, cucumbers or zucchini.

      Not sure if that helps or hinders!

  • thepaleopi November 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Your fun facts are indeed much fun! Your posts always ilicit a good lol from me TSL. Keep spreading the happiness, you’re awesome!

    • This Sydney Life November 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Awww – bless your cotton socks, PI

  • twoblackdoggies November 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Looks so pretty TSL.

    • This Sydney Life November 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Pomegranates make EVERY dish look pretty, 2BD 🙂

  • kirsty warman November 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This salad looks lovely!! I feel healthy looking at it x

    • This Sydney Life November 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Bet you’d feel even healthier EATING it, K… 🙂

  • erinenjoyingthisjourney November 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    You’ve gone above and beyond with your pomegranate recipe! This looks incredible!! Love the colors and I can only imagine the flavors. In fact, I’m imagining the first bite now; with the crisp anise-y fennel, sweetness of the apple, tart crunch of the arils, all complemented with a little bite of shallot, the fresh parsley and vibrant lime? Brilliant. 🙂

    • This Sydney Life November 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I think I may even whip this baby up for the inaugural Australian AIP supper club here at Casa TSL, Erin… You’re an inspiration!

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