Fruit Meets Fennel Salad

I made this kind of late one night last week and it was so good we just scarfed it down.  No pictures or anything! So I thought I’d make it again and share it with you this time. The recipe morphed a bit. The first time I made it I used half a granny smith apple thinly sliced. This time I wanted to use up a grapefruit, pomegranate and some tangerines.

I use and recommend only organic ingredients.

FENNEL SALAD (Serves 4)

  • 2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 red grapefruit, supremed
  • 2 tangerines, peeled with all pith removed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup low fat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh crushed garlic
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pinch of celery seeds
  • pomegranate arils
First "supreme" the grapefruit by removing the top and bottom and then carefully slicing away the sides.

First “supreme” the grapefruit by removing the top and bottom and then carefully slicing away the sides.

Turn the grapefruit over and continue trimming the peel. Then open the grapefruit and clean the pith and any seeds in the center.

Turn the grapefruit over and continue trimming the peel. Then open the grapefruit and clean the pith and any seeds in the center.

Separate the sections, removing all the connective tissue.

Separate the sections, removing all the connective tissue.

Now peel the tangerines, removing all the white pith. I used Satsuma tangerines which separate very easily from their skin.

Now peel the tangerines, removing all the white pith. I used Satsuma tangerines which separate very easily from their skin.

Wash the fennel bulb and remove the top and trim the bottom. Cut the bulb in half and slice it thinly.

Wash the fennel bulb and remove the top and trim the bottom. Cut the bulb in half and slice it thinly.

I put my sliced fennel in a bowl of cold water with some lemon slices to keep it from discoloring or wilting while I finished prepping the salad.

I put my sliced fennel in a bowl of cold water with some lemon slices to keep it from discoloring or wilting while I finished prepping the salad.

Slice the celery. I cut it at a strong angle to create longer slices and take advantage of the texture. The celery leaves were in good shape so I used them too.

Slice the celery. I cut it at a strong angle to create longer slices and take advantage of the texture. The celery leaves were in good shape so I used them too.

Wash raw almonds in cold water and lay them out in a single layer in a baking pan. Roast at 350 until they smell aromatic and begin to brown. When they are cool, slice them up.

Wash raw almonds in cold water and lay them out in a single layer in a baking pan. Roast at 350 until they smell aromatic and begin to brown. When they are cool, slice them up.

Mix the yogurt, cider vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, lime zest, salt, pepper and celery seed.  Voila! Dressing!

Mix the yogurt, cider vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, lime zest, salt, pepper and celery seed. Voila! Dressing!

Coat the fennel, celery, grapefruit and tangerine with dressing. Garnish with roasted almond slices and pomegranate arils.*

Coat the fennel, celery, grapefruit and tangerine with dressing. Garnish with roasted almond slices and pomegranate arils.*

*I used an underwater method of seeding my pomegranate which I got from Saveur.com. See the video here.

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17 thoughts on “Fruit Meets Fennel Salad

  1. Pingback: Veggie Basics: A String, A Green, We’re Full of Beans! | my sister's pantry

    • My mother served those French-style canned green beans which were super watery and blah. I’m with you and your kids, Sis, I like ’em crisp and just warm. Thanks for the link, too! “Baby Love” – hahaha (wish I’d thought of that!)

    • “Baby Love” Ha! Wish I’d thought of that! My mother liked to serve canned “French style” green beans and they were super limp and watery. I’m with you and your kids, Sis, I like ’em crunchy and just warmed up. Thanks for the link, too!

  2. I know I’ve a vegetable lover when I looked at this post and was almost (practically!) drooling. ps wait till you see how Persians de-seed pomegranates! 😉

    • Not exactly. The first time I did it, it was easier to just slice up the green apple and the rest and throw the dressing together. But this time I got fancy with the citrus fruit and pomegranate. What takes longest is photographing!

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