Fennel Salad Food Pixels Photographer Photography Fotografo Cibo Rosalinda Masucci Roberto Zucchi Milano

Let me tell you a thing or two about fennel: it’s fresh, purifying and a perfect palate cleanser! Its simplicity is at the base of one of our favorite summer recipes, fennel salad! This remarkable little side dish doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone. As a matter of fact, it holds its own when paired with robust meat entrée such as roasts, meat loafs and why not, even competition-size t-bone steak!

Fennel Salad Food Pixels Photographer Photography Fotografo Cibo Rosalinda Masucci Roberto Zucchi Milano

The sweet anise aftertaste strikes a perfect balance with the spiciness of the radishes. The recipe calls for cucumbers but my husband Roberto is not a big fan so we keep that to a minimum. Everything is topped with crushed hazelnuts, a touch of fresh dill and a hint of inspiration.

Fennel Salad Food Pixels Photographer Photography Fotografo Cibo Rosalinda Masucci Roberto Zucchi Milano

We keep the dressing simple, olive oil and lemon vinaigrette. Keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way. If you prefer a stronger dressing, don’t be shy to give a greek yogurt dill dressing a try. You’ll be surprised at what it can do for this simple little dish!

Fennel Salad Food Pixels Photographer Photography Fotografo Cibo Rosalinda Masucci Roberto Zucchi Milano

Ingredients

  • 2 large Fennel Bulbs
  • 1 bunch Radishes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp Dill
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Fennel Salad

Preparation: 10 min – Serving: 6

Instructions

  1. Trim the top and bottom of the fennel bulbs.
  2. Remove and discard any tough outer layers.
  3. Cut the bulbs in half lengthwise and very thinly slice them crosswise.
  4. Slice very thinly radishes and cucumber.
  5. Whisk the extra-virgin olive oil with the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper.
  6. Combine fennels, radishes and cucumber in a large bowl.
  7. Add the dressing and mix well.
  8. Top with hazelnuts and chopped dill.
Tags

Cucumber · Fennel · Hazelnut · Radish · Salad

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