Fennel and Orange Salad

This refreshing salad is wonderful paired with grilled salmon, scallops or even lobster. If available, use a mandolin or V-Slicer for the fennel and shallots to shave them as thinly as possible for the best texture. The fennel fronds, the feathery leaves on the stalks of the fennel, should be reserved as they add flavor and make a beautiful garnish.
By / Photography By Sarah Seddon | February 15, 2009

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk together. Set aside.

Thinly slice/shave the shallots and the bulb of the fennel (discarding the stalks but keeping the fronds). Finely chop the fronds to make 2 tablespoons.

Dice the jicama into quarter-inch cubes.

In a bowl, combine the shallot, fennel, jicama and fennel fronds. Toss with the dressing. Let marinate for roughly 15 minutes. (You can use this time to peel and slice the oranges.)

Add the orange slices to the salad and toss once more. (For a fancier presentation, cover a plate with the orange slices and top with the fennel mixture.)

Ingredients

Dressing
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Chardonnay vinegar (or other light white vinegar such as Champagne)
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Salad
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced (¼ cup)
  • 1 medium bulb fennel (approximately 2 cups thinly sliced)
  • 1 small jicama (approximately 1½ cups peeled and diced into ¼-inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel fronds
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced horizontally
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