We all need to do the easy meal thing and some times a good chicken schnitty from the butcher is just the trick.  But why pair it with boring steamed veg?  Why not jazz it up with something a little different and branch out?  C’mon people,  look at the fab ingredients we can get at our local shop these days……there really is no excuse!

Serves 4

You will need:

50gm bag of baby spinach leaves
1 large fennel bulb, quartered, hard centre removed and sliced thinly*
1 green apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced*
1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced into rings
2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbs honey
2 tbs chopped dill
sea salt and cracked pepper

In a large salad bowl (with gay abandon;), arrange the baby spinach, fennel and apple slices.  Top with the red onion.  In a seperate bowl whisk together the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, buttermilk and honey.  Add some of the dill and reserve some to scatter over the top of the salad.  Drizzle over the dressing and serve.

This would be a standout with any meat but I just love the crunch of this salad with a schnitzel.  Pork, chicken or veal would be equally good.

*To prevent your fennel and apple going brown, pop them in a bowl with cold water and lemon slices.  It keeps everything fresh and crunchy…..