Why I only buy fennel when its warm outside is beyond me. I love this herb/vegetable and the mild, anise flavor that it brings to any salad. A few years back at an olive oil tasting it was served on its own with just a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. It was then that I realized that fennel could be the star or focal point of a salad as well.
I have been craving fennel for a few weeks now, and so it seemed like the perfect time to make up a salad for my lunch.
Fennel, Orange and Arugula Salad
This salad is incredibly refreshing, crunchy, a little sweet and a tad peppery. I love all these flavors blended together. You could use a blood orange if you want a bit less sweet and more tart. This recipe makes enough salad for two if its a meal and four if its a side.
Fennel bulb, de-stemmed, halved, cored, thinly sliced
1/2 Navel Orange, halved and quartered, removed peel with a knife to hold shape, thinly sliced
Juice from Orange, just a tish
champagne vinegar (optional)**
Prepare fennel bulb as described above. Place in an appropriately sized bowl. Season with salt to your liking. Then drizzle a light coat of olive oil. Toss and set aside.
Prepare Navel orange as described above., Set aside.
Grab two large handfuls of washed and cleaned arugula greens and place in an appropriately sized bowl. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and about a teaspoon of orange juice (from the peel). Toss.
Portion the arugula on plates as desired. Top with a handful of sliced fennel. Garnish with orange slices.
*If you are not a fan of arugula you can use any salad greens that you like. Because you will lose the peppery flavor in the arugula, you may want to season with black or white pepper as well.
** If you find that the orange is “too” sweet for your palate, you can add a drizzle of champagne vinegar as well.
Download PDF Recipe Here: Fennel Orange and Arugula Salad
Did You Know Fennel is Carminative
A carminative is a herb or preparation intended to either prevent the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract thereby combatting flatulence and bloating. Go here for more health benefits of fennel.
Love these and Use all the time
Gary and I are really trying to stop using single-use plastic products entirely. That includes the bags that grocery stores provide, which has been super easy. Storage bags have been much harder, but we are very close to achieving this goal.
One of the products that I now use all the time are these food huggers. It is incredible how long it can keep a cut fruit or vegetable fresh. I once had an English cucumber last two weeks. Crazy, I know. I talked about these once before, but I decided it is time to share them again in hopes that others will take the leap and stop using plastic storage bags.
That is all for now.