Fennel and Orange Salad with Niçoise Olives Recipe

Fennel and Orange Salad with Niçoise Olives Recipe
Staff Writer
The essential cold summer soup from Spain, gazpacho is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and country bread soaked in olive oil.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

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.