I normally do not like licorice. It’s too strong for me, but I am ok with fennel. This salad inspired me to create a fennel salad of my own.
I was at the grocery store and I couldn’t find fennel! The only thing I found resembling fennel was something labelled anise (I knew that both had similar flavours and on its label, it said that the flavour resembled fennel). When I came home, I searched on the internet for: anise versus fennel.
According to this forum, fennel is sold as anise in America and Canada. Real anise is completely different.
I looked at a few fennel salad recipes on All Recipes and most combined fennel with citrus fruit. I decided to go with grapefruit since we had some around the house.
The timing of this post goes with Marg’s salad post.
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (I removed the core)
1 grapefruit, skinned and cut into little pieces
3 bulbs of radish
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, sliced
mixed salad greens
For the dressing:
Red wine vinegar
Fresh basil, chopped
Sugar, depending on your taste
Toss the salad ingredients together. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl or measuring cup. Add the salad dressing when serving the salad.
I am going to experiment with fennel salads more this summer. What I might add next time:
- goat cheese
- nuts – walnuts, pecans, almonds, pine nuts…
- adding a bit of orange juice in the dressing
The description from their website:
COMPOSED SALAD WITH FENNEL AND APPLE IN LIME, MUSTARD GREENS IN POMMEGRANITE VINAIGRETTE, AND SHALLOT HILL CANDY STRIPE BEETS IN MINTED BALSAMIC. TOPPED WITH GOAT CHEESE.