(POSTED: December 1, 2004)
Crispy Waldorf Salad
1 cup pecan halves
1 one-pound fennel bulb, trimmed
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Granny Smith apple
1 medium bunch seedless red grapes, halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 stalks celery, strings removed, thinly sliced crosswise
6 to 8 escarole leaves, stacked and cut crosswise into thin strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 350*. Spread pecans on a baking pan. Bake until golden and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Halve pecans; set aside.
Slice fennel bulb very thin using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Transfer to a large bowl; add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and toss.
Cut apple, with skin on, into thin wedges; add to fennel, and toss to combine. Add grapes, celery, escarole, and half the dill to bowl. Toss to combine. Salad may be made to this point up to 4 hours ahead.
In a small bowl, combine remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, yogurt, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad, using only as much as needed to lightly coat the salad. Transfer to a serving bowl; garnish with remaining dill and the pecans. Serve immediately. Makes 6 to 8 servings
Photograph by: Anna Williams