Fennel Apple Coleslaw – a light antihistamine lunch

low histamine apple fennel salad

Today we got down to business here in Kenya. Meetings, strategy, and all that good stuff. Despite being pressed for time, lunch still had to be nutritious, so I whipped up this quick antihistamine and anti inflammatory salad. Some have issues with green beans, so I omitted them from the recipe.

The Skinny

In studies, fennel exhibits “inhibitory effects against acute and subacute inflammatory diseases and type IV allergic reactions and showed a central analgesic effect.” Read the study here.

Russian studies (the only ones I could access for free on the net) show that tarragon shows “highlight potential anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and anti hyperglycemic effects”. Read the full study here.

Apple Fennel Coleslaw

Antihistamine & Anti inflammatory 

Prep Time: 5 | Cook Time: 0 | Servings: 2 | Difficulty: Easy


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
2-4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons apple juice (fresh)
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
1 apple, julienned

Whisk first the olive oil, tarragon, and apple juice.

Add the lemon, or you could also use 2 tbsp lemon juice plus 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, which is the lowest histamine of vinegars. I personally don’t.

Add the celery, thinly sliced fennel and apple; toss in the dressing Season to taste with salt and pepper.

If you’re looking for a more “authentic” coleslaw, whip up a serving of home made mayo.

You’ll find other low histamine and antihistamine recipes in the On the Go cookbook (as well as the home made mayo recipe).

low histamine recipes on the go


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Yasmina was an award-winning broadcast journalist with a decade of experience covering war zones for CNN and the BBC. She devoted her journalism skills to researching and writing about histamine. Click here to learn about her. Each post is carefully and fully referenced with the latest scientific research. Not sure where to start? Here’s a four week meal plan and overall Histamine Reset.

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