Poor fennel. So delicious yet so misunderstood. And poor you, if you’re not enjoying this gorgeous bulb with the bright green fronds. This vegetable is delicious raw or cooked and has a distinct licorice-y flavour and happy crunch. I think fennel bulbs look like ogre hearts and well… that just makes it all the more fun.
1 bulb fennel
1 naval orange – peeled with a knife so all the white pith is removed and then sliced into bite sized pieces
4-5 radishes sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
To prepare your fennel, wash it under hot running water. Remove the first layer and the tough core. Cut off a few of the green fronds – they make a nice decorative touch. You can eat the stalks/shoots though they can be woody so unless I have a very fresh fennel, I skip the stalks. Cut your fennel bulb in half and then slice into bite sized slices.
Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. This salad is a great winter salad when oranges are cheap and other leafy greens are hard to come by or expensive and imported.
This salad has a bright, refreshing taste and great crunch and will last for 3 days in the fridge.