Citrus fruits bring a welcome brightness and freshness to our midwinter diets. Moreover, there are many benefits to eating fresh citruses. One orange contains about 50 milligrams of vitamin C (or 2/3 of our daily needs) and has high levels of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process and protect against serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, to name a few. Citrus fruits are also a great source of fiber and they are low in calories.
I venture to incorporate citruses in many of my recipes, whether sweet or savory. Let this world of exotic flavors enliven your winter world right when you need it the most.
*Note: If you do not have a mandoline, you can use a vegetable hand-peeler. Cut the fennel bulb into quarters and shave the bulb starting right across the top and working your way down.
Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside.
Using a mandoline, cut the fennel into paper-thin slices.* Set aside in a bowl. In another large bowl gently mix the arugula with the fennel. Divide equally in the center of 4 large plates.
Top each salad with a few orange and clementine slices. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Garnish with some Parmesan shavings and chopped fennel greens. Season with freshly ground pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.