I love fennel, and do not understand why it is not more popular…but alas, a lot of people simply don’t know what to do with it. I got a nice, big bulb of it in my organic produce delivery this week, so thought I’d share a couple of recipes. Here is a recipe for my favorite fennel salad. I love this, could live on this alone, and would be perfectly happy if this was the only thing I ever had to eat! 😉
Fennel Salad with Spinach or Arugula:
2 cups of baby spinach or baby arugula
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
.5 cup of ricotta salata cheese, grilled
.5 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 blood orange, peeled and sliced
I like to use the orange vinegar from Trader Joes and make a nice, salty vineagarette.
Add dressing and toss everything together.
(You will…because this is an AWESOME salad!!)
I received a very good salad recipe in my inbox this morning, and it contained fennel, so I decided to share it with you here. This one is from Whole Foods.
Pink Lady Apple Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Blue Cheese, Shaved Fennel, & Spiced Walnut Vinaigrette
2 cups Pink Lady apples, sliced
2 heads bibb lettuce
1 head fennel, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
1 shallot, minced
Spiced walnuts (see below)
Walnut vinaigrette (see below)
For the Spiced Walnuts:
1 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons egg whites
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
For the Walnut Vinaigrette:
3/4 cup walnut oil
3/4 cup champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
2. In a bowl, beat together the sugar, egg whites & cayenne pepper. Add walnuts and toss to combine.
3. Lay nuts on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown & crispy. Allow the walnuts to cool, then break them up and transfer to an airtight container.
4. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
5. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce leaves with vinaigrette to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with apples, fennel, blue cheese, shallot, and spiced walnuts.