Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad

Fennel, juicy oranges, dried cranberries and capers all tossed in a leafy green salad with an orange vinaigrette makes this a wonderful sweet and tangy refreshing salad. Fresh oranges add a burst of citrus flavor while the fennel gives the salad a crunchy anise-like flavor. Add sweet dried cranberries, briny capers and a few nuts and this salad takes care of all flavors and textures – crunchy, soft, sweet, sour = delicious 😋. 

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I had this delicious orange and fennel salad at an intimate lunch hosted by my friend Rose a while back. A small group of us got together to celebrate our unique friendship and this fennel and orange salad was on the menu. It added a light freshness to our lunch and started off our afternoon gathering in a perfectly delicious way.

Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad
recipe contributed by Rose

Ingredients:

  • 1 Fennel bulb cut into thin slices
  • 2 oranges – navel and tangerine peeled and separated
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp capers or 1/4 cup briny olives
  • Pine nuts & roasted pistachios – as much as you want
  • 1/2 lb super greens blend of arugula leaves, spinach, radicchio and lettuce
  • Orange dijon vinaigrette
    • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
    • Juice from 1/2 orange – about 1/4 cup
    • 6 tbsp Muscat vinegar or any sweet balsamic vinegar
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 tsp honey
    • 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)
  • Feta cheese as much as you want (optional)

Directions:

  • Make the salad dressing. Orange dijon vinaigrette
  • Place the shaved fennel, orange slices and capers at the bottom of a salad bowl. Top with super greens. Then sprinkle cranberries and nuts. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Right before serving salad toss with orange vinaigrette.
  • Top with feta cheese (optional) and serve right away.

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