fennel and orange salad
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Fennel & Blood Orange Summer Salad

Fennel and orange is a winning combo. Amplify that aniseed-flavour with the sweetness and bitterness from a blood orange and you have yourself a champion salad. I like to bulk mine up with quinoa, but go ahead and take liberties here. Ready to meet your latest addiction? I can’t get enough of this fennel and blood orange summer salad.

Ingredients (2 people):

  • One fennel bulb
  • One blood orange ( a grapefruit would also be delicous)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of cooked quinoa (I like to cook a batch and keep it for a day or two to add to salads)
  • Some mixed leaves – I like a mix of bitter leaves with butter lettuce
  • A glug of apple cider vinegar
  • A glug of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

Trim the tops off your fennel bulb and either discard, or use as the base of a soup or pasta sauce. Cut your bulb in half lengthways and then thinly slice into slivers – the thinner the slices the better it blends into the salad. Pop your sliced fennel into a large bowl.

Peel your blood orange and tear each segment into 3 sections adding to the fennel ( I like to tear the segments over the bowl so that excess juices can form part of the dressing).

Add 3 heaped tablespoons of quinoa, a good glug of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a grind of salt and pepper. Toss and serve alongside a piece of roasted salmon or some crispy chickpeas for protein.

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