Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad

The radish has never held much weight in my life. It was always an after thought, a garnish. Then I moved to Paris, and I started to partake in the apéro. The apéro is the ritual of drinks and noshes before going out or having dinner, kind of like happy hour. You know what the French love to serve during apéro? Radishes. I remember thinking when I saw the crown jewel radish at every apéro, I'm going to starve here, or get really drunk before I even go out. Where is the fromage? Since I'd have to wait until the end of the meal for cheese, I started joining in on the radish eating. It was served simply with butter and salt, and it was perfect. It perked up the palate and was a nice compliment to a cocktail.

Fennel Radish Citrus Salad

Fennel held a similar position to the radish in my life for quite some time. It was another filler. Due to its distinct licorice taste, I could never imagine eating more than a sliver or two of it, buried under some more interesting ingredients.

Fennel Radish Citrus Salad

Then there's the orange. I love the flavor of orange. Fresh squeezed orange juice? Yes please. I feel like orange juice can bring together the most unlikely of flavors to sit under its citrus halo. It enhances and equalizes flavors. It can take the bite out of a radish and can mellow the strong licorice flavor of fennel.

Fennel Radish Citrus Salad

That brings me to Mother's Day and families. Stay with me here. For those celebrating today, perhaps your mother has brought together some unlikely characters that have been bitter at times or felt unimportant. With a mother's dash of citrus sweetness, she can often be the juice that binds and brings people together. I know my mom was always tried to be the great equalizer, and she very often succeeded.

Fennel Radish Citrus Salad

So here's a salad whose individual ingredients may not be favorites on their own, but together, they make a wonderful, well balanced dish. I hope everyone has a happy Mother's Day!

Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad

Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel
  • 6 large radishes
  • 4 medium ripe oranges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the stalks and fronds from the fennel bulb, and trim the bottom of the bulb. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to shave thin strips from the bulb and place in a bowl.
  2. Remove the leaves from the radishes and cut thin slices with a knife or a mandolin, and add to the fennel.
  3. Take a knife and cut the top and bottom from the orange and slice the skin and pulp from the sides, and section into slivers. Add to the bowl and squeeze the juice remaining on the flesh of the skins over the mixture in the bowl. Drizzle olive oil and salt and pepper over everything and gently mix. Cut some of the fennel fronds and use to top the salad. Serve immediately.

For more great Mother's Day recipe inspiration, take a look at what the Sunday Supper team has cooked up, and organized, thanks to our hostess Camilla Mann form Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

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