I could not believe that my husband rated this salad 4 stars--typically he rates salads as 3s. We both really liked the salad, which we made as a main course, adding rotisserie chicken. Otherwise, I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I probably only had 1.5 cups each of apple & fennel. I also probably only used about 1/4 cup of shallot. I blended the dressing using a stick blender, which worked really well!