balsamic vinegar, citrus, fennel, gluten free, orange, salad, vegetarian
I have always seen chefs use fennel but have never really had a reason to try it at home. When I saw this salad, I thought it sounded seasonal and crunchy, a perfectly refreshing winter salad. I love the crisp texture of the fennel with it’s subtle licorice flavor. I can’t wait to use them in even more ways. And apparently they are easy to grow… One bad thing about winter- the garden you imagine for next spring becomes unreasonably large.
Fennel and Orange Salad (a variation of this recipe)
- 2 oranges, pith and rind removed, thinly sliced
- 1/2 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt to taste
In a dry saute pan over medium heat, toast the fennel seeds for a few minutes until the aroma is nicely released and they change color slightly. Combine fennel seeds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt in a small bowl and whisk to mix. Arrange the orange slices and fennel on your plate. Spoon dressing over the layers. Serves 2.
A Table in the Sun said:
I think I have FOF (Fear of Fennel). I actually grew it once, but it turned out really tough! That said, I’m ready to grab your salad off the computer screen..it looks so fresh and inviting.
I love the fresh burst of citrus, especially at this time of year. A little bit of tropical paradise in a bite.
I have all the ingredients, and I am craving fresh and juicy salads. Seems like something I might have to make !
Fennel was always around at our house growing up. Mom just cut it into quarters and served it, like crudités. Never once was it cooked or prepared in any other way. I now cook with it and this salad of yours definitely looks worthy of a try. A bit of orange on the plate in Winter is a nice reminder that there is a Sun somewhere.
I wish the Sun was here… I am so tired of the cold gloom here.
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One of my favorite salads. Fennel is very easy to grow…just keep it away from tomatoes.
What happens to the tomatoes?
It can inhibit the growth of the tomato plants.
I wonder why. Odd.
If you look at companion plantings for vegetable gardens and put in fennel, it will be listed as something that should not be planted with many plants.
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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) said:
Wow, this looks so gorgeous and refreshing!
Thanks Allison! I really enjoyed it.
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