Apple and fennel salad

This salad is served as a starter. Recipe: Apple and fennel salad (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Salt

2 ounces Manchego cheese

1/2 fennel bulb

1 Granny Smith apple

1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 tablespoon chopped chives

4 small fennel fronds for garnish

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and sherry vinegar. Season with one-eighth teaspoon salt, or to taste. Reserve.

2. Cut the Manchego into batons about 2 inches long by one-fourth-inch thick. Slice the fennel lengthwise very thinly, preferably with a mandolin. Place the Manchego and fennel in a large bowl.

3. Core and halve the apple. Cut one-half of the apple into a one-fourth-inch dice. Thinly slice the second half lengthwise, preferably with a mandolin. Add the diced and sliced apple to the bowl, along with the walnuts.

4. Gently toss the salad, adding just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the ingredients. Divide the salad among four plates. Evenly sprinkle the chives over each serving, and garnish each plate with one fennel frond. Serve immediately.

Each of the 4 servings: 243 calories; 6 grams protein; 8 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 22 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 10 mg. cholesterol; 210 mg. sodium.