I started browsing for recipes to use the fennel and found a blog post that had an America's Test Kitchen fennel salad recipe. The recipe seemed unusual -- olives? with oranges and fennel? -- but a wise woman (my mom) once said something to the effect of, "If the ingredient list is so bizarre, it might actually taste good." Plus, the total time to make was listed as 8 minutes and could be made ahead of time so the ease factor definitely played a role.
While I was hesitant to try this, it actually turned out really good! The licorice flavor is slight and the ingredients blend very well together. At first, I tried to put my finger on what was the exact ingredient that made such an unusual combination taste that good...but then I finally gave up and just helped myself to seconds.
Fennel and Orange Salad
Taken from: The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook via Cooking with My Kid
- 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 oranges, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 fennel bulb, tops discarded, halved + sliced thin
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives, sliced
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
- salt and pepper
- Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Spread the fennel out on a platter. Top with orange slices and then sprinkle with mint and olives. Drizzle dressing over entire salad.
- Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 1 day.