Fennel and Orange Salad With Toasted Hazelnuts and Cranberries

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Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://kissmyspatula.com/2009/05/15/fennel-and-orange-salad/

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


1 medium fennel bulb
3/4 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 tablespoon orange zest


Finely grate enough zest from the orange to measure 1/2 tablespoon. Cut peel, including all white pith, from the orange with a paring knife. Then cut segments free from membranes.
Cut out and discard core of fennel bulb, then cut bulbs crosswise into very thin slices, as thin as you can get them.
Whisk together vinegar, zest, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until salt is dissolved, then add olive oil slowly in a stream, whisking until combined well.
Toast hazelnuts on medium heat on a dry skillet.
Toss fennel and oranges with vinaigrette in a large bowl until combined well.
Top with toasted hazelnuts and dried cranberries. Garnish with a few fennel fronds.




Pat Churchill's picture

I make an almost identical salad - http://www.cookingdownunder.com/articles/2010/365.htm


Twizzlers used to be one of my favorite childhood candies. I loved twirling it around like a lasso and wearing it around my wrists like Wonder Woman’s magic bracelets. So versatile. So fun. When fennel arrived on the food scene, I kept hearing how fennel tasted like licorice. Really? That weird celery-looking-thing I always pass up in the market tastes like Twizzlers?

Obviously, I had no clue. The intensely sweet anise taste and smell of fennel is so distinctive that it really stands in a class all its own. The different flavor combinations and applications of fennel are truly endless. Roasted with veggies. Grilled with lamb. Baked with fish. Sauteed on its own. Stuffed with onions and pancetta. Used as stuffing. Though fennel is best in late fall and winter, I had a craving for something light and refreshing. This fennel and orange salad is one of my favorite salads that I happily eat year round. Perfect for a first course, or a light meal on its own. So much better than Twizzlers. So versatile. So fun.


4 servings


Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 7:26pm


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