Orange Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

My daughter is going to culinary school this fall.

She is so excited, too, because she loves to eat and she loves to eat good food. She actually has gone from eating only cheese pizza or bland foods to opening her tastebuds up to new and distinct flavor combinations. It’s been amazing what she has already started to come up with, and I can’t wait to see what she creates after she has learned more! This salad is so perfect for a hot day, as it’s cool and refreshing with lots of flavor bites to it. Tangy citrus and the bite of fennel pair together perfectly in this refreshing summer salad! The HomesteadingHippy

Orange and fennel is a classic combination that creates a wonderful flavor profile.

Because these two flavors are so distinct, it is best to let them have center stage when they come together. There is no need to complicated things when you are working with these two ingredients. In fact, you may find that adding a green leafy lettuce to this dish is unnecessary. Whenever possible, mix together the vinaigrette ingredients in advance. Giving this combination a chance to meld makes a big difference.

  • 3 blood oranges (or regular navel oranges), cut into thin slices with rind removed
  • 1 bulb fennel, washed, dried and thinly sliced, bottom and green leaves removed and discarded
  • 1 head Romaine or other leafy green lettuce
  • Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1 t. fresh orange zest
  • 2 T. fresh orange juice
  • 1 t. fresh lemon zest
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t fresh lime juice
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Whenever adding citrus zest to a recipe, it is best to start with organic ingredients.

    Also be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly and pat dry. Zest each piece of fruit with a microplane and add the specified amount to the bowl. While you are at it, continue zesting the entire fruit and freeze the excess amount in a plastic bag for future use. Another option is to collect the remaining juice from each piece of fruit and store in ice cube containers along with the leftover zest.

    Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk together thoroughly to combine.

    The Dijon mustard will ask as an emulsifier to bind the oil and acidic components together. Arrange the Romaine or other lettuce leaves on each plate and top with alternating slices of fennel and orange. Drizzle entire plate with citrus vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

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    Tangy citrus and the bite of fennel pair together perfectly in this refreshing summer salad! The HomesteadingHippy

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