Fennel and Orange Salad with Niçoise Olives Recipe

Fennel and Orange Salad with Niçoise Olives Recipe
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

This recipe requires some technique, but when it comes to the ingredient list, it is blissfully short. It’s a reminder that a few good ingredients treated carefully and with respect can combine into a truly great dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed, fronds reserved for garnish
  • 2 oranges
  • 6 extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Nicoise olives, pitted and sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Using a mandolin, slice the bulbs thinly into a bowl of ice water. Using a paring knife, peel away the rind and pith from the orange. Working over a bowl, with a paring knife, slice in between the membranes and remove the orange segments.* Set aside and reserve the juice.

Drain the fennel from the ice water and dry on paper towels (or in a salad spinner). Place the fennel in a mixing bowl and dress with the reserved orange juice, orange segments, extra-virgin olive oil, and olives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss and serve on a chilled plate.

Garnish with reserved fennel fronds.

Fennel Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Fennel Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.