The Perfect Fennel Salad Recipe to Add Exotic Flavor to Your Meals

Fennel is known for its unique combination of flavors – licorice, cabbage and celery – but it is this uniqueness that makes it the perfect addition to bring about a bit of 'Wow!' to a normally ordinary dish and these fennel salad recipes will help you bring that flavor to your meal with very little fuss.

Fennel, Arugula, Spinach, Pomegranate, Tangerine and Apple Salad

There are a lot of fennel salad recipe that combine fennel with either apples or oranges. The flavors of those two fruits pair extremely well with the unique taste combination of the fennel. Why not create a culinary delight that combines both into something that will truly be memorable? This recipe has been adapted from Bon Appetit.

Ingredient list:

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 minced shallot

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice – approximately two lemons

½ packed teaspoon of lemon zest

1 large fennel bulb

1 8 ounce apple (Fuji or Red or Golden Delicious)

4 ounces of arugula leaves – trimmed and rinsed

4 ounces of baby spinach - rinsed

Pomegranate seeds from one pomegranate

2 tangerines peeled and cut into three slices crosswise

recipe for fennel saladIn a small bowl, mix together your shallot, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and zest – this is your dressing. Once it is mixed add salt and pepper to taste.

Trim your fennel bulb of stems and base and then very thinly slice it. Core your apple and then cut into thin narrow strips. Mix the two together with about three tablespoons of your prepared dressing.

Shred your arugula or otherwise prepare it the way you prefer to get it ready for salad use and place in a large bowl with your baby spinach. Add in your fennel and apples. Toss this together, combining the ingredients well. Add dressing until it suits. Divide this into six portions and garnish with one slice of tangerine and a few pomegranate seeds.

This fennel salad recipe is certain to be a huge hit.

A Twist on the Greek Salad

Greek salads are very commonly loved, but why not add a twist and with one simple addition turn this into a fennel salad recipes that everyone will enjoy?

Ingredients:

One half of a small red onion

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about one lemon)

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

¼ cup olive oil

1/3 pound feta cheese

½ large fennel bulbs

¼ cup red pepper – roasted

¼ cup each of green olives and Kalamata olives

1 small head Romaine lettuce (about six cups) chopped and rinsed

Thinly slice your onion and put them in a small bowl of water – placing onions in water brings out their natural sweetness and makes their taste mellower – you don't want your onions to be overpowering in this fennel salad recipe.

In another bowl stir together the, lemon juice, salt and vinegar. Drizzle in the oil while whisking constantly, check for taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. Chop up about a quarter of your feta and crumble it into the dressing.

Slice your fennel as thin as possible. Employ the use of a mandolin if you have one, if not a good, sharp knife will do the trick. The key to this fennel salad recipe are the thin slices of fennel. Also slice your green olives.

Toss together your lettuce, fennel, red pepper olives and red onions with about half of your dressing in a large bowl. Be certain to combine well. Crumble your feta on top of the salad and toss again to mix. Taste and if needed, add more dressing tossing again to combine.

This fennel salad recipe is certain to be on that you will come back to again and again!

Health Benefits of Fennel

Not only will your fennel salad recipe taste great to family and friends, but it actually has a few unknown health benefits that may make fennel dishes even more irresistible. Just how much healthy goodness in in a bulb of fennel?

Vitamin C

Fiber

Potassium

Folate

Manganese

Phosphorous

Calcium

Iron

Copper

Vitamin B3

In total, fennel has over 80 different vitamins and minerals to choose from that make this one of the more healthy vegetables and herbs around. With the vitamins and minerals present in fennel, you can have a healthier immune system, better colon health, improved cardiovascular function, antioxidant protection and other health-promoting effects.

Storing Fennel
Fennel typically comes in a large portion; therefore, if you do not use all of it for your fennel salad recipe you will need to store it properly in order to maintain freshness and keep those vitamins and minerals intact. Fresh fennel should be stored inside the refrigerator, specifically in the crisper section. As fennel ages, it will gradually lose its flavor; therefore, it is important to eat fresh fennel as soon as possible.

Selecting Fennel
When you look for fresh fennel at the supermarket for your fennel salad recipes you will need to look for clean, firm and solid bulbs that have not split, bruised or started to spotting. Look for stalks that were relatively straight and close together. The sides of the fennel should not be cracked or shredded and the leaves should be bright green in their color.

Fresh fennel will have a very fragrant aroma and smell like licorice and anise. Fresh fennel is usually available from fall to spring, but it can be stored in the freezer to maintain freshness after being blanched. Do not freeze fresh fennel since it will lose its flavor and start to wilt once it is defrosted.

Tips for Preparing Fennel

There are three different parts of fennel:

The base

The stalks

The leaves

Cut the stalks away from the bulb and you can utilize both the stalks and bulbs in any fennel salad recipes depending on the recipe’s requirements in terms of flavor and profile. Ensure that when you use fennel in a recipe you look for any wilted leaves, brown spots or dented areas – this will mean that your fennel has started to spoil and will no longer have the flavor you need.

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