Avocado Grapefruit and Fennel Salad
The Sicilian-inspired salad’s taste mixture of fennel’s candy licorice taste, juicy tart grapefruit and easy avocado topped with salty Parmesan is a welcome addition to any meal any time of the yr.
I’m a self-proclaimed lemon head. No, not the ’80’s band (though I do love me a bit of Evan Dando), nor the tremendous bitter arduous sweet that’ll ship your tastebuds into orbit. In a lot of the meals I cook dinner, a squeeze of contemporary lemon juice provides simply the appropriate brilliant citrus notes to brighten up a blah chunk or steadiness out a wealthy and heavy dish.
One in all my fondest reminiscences as a child is sitting at my grandparents breakfast desk and watching my grandpa part his every day grapefruit together with his particular grapefruit knife. Grandpa was a person of few phrases, however one factor he would at all times say is, “Heidi, you must eat grapefruit.”
As a teenager who leaned extra to the sweeter facet than the tart, I politely declined each time. What I later realized is he had a secret to having fun with his grapefruit: a giant spoonful of sugar he’d sprinkle excessive. I at all times knew he was sensible, however that sealed the deal.
Similar to Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and xx, my culinary taster pallet developed and altered through the years. So once I got here throughout this brilliant, and contemporary, and completely simple to tug collectively salad that works equally in addition to a meal-time opener or as the primary star, I used to be lastly able to go all-in on the grapefruit consuming band wagon.
This straightforward salad is from the brand new cookbook Merely Citrus by Marie Asselin of the meals weblog Meals Nouveau and it hits all the candy and bitter and puckery notes that solely citrus can present.
With recipes like Savory Lemon and Olive Oil Truffles to Grilled Shrimp, Chorizo and Orange Tapas and Mandarin and Raspberry Ricotta Tart, this cookbook exhibits off how citrus simply spans every stage of the eating expertise with lemon, lime, pomelos, kumquats, mandarin and extra.
Find out how to Peel and Section Grapefruit
Most citrus like oranges and mandarins are simply loved by merely peeling or slicing, however when added to a salad like this one, it’s positively prettiest when the outer white pith or membrane of every of the sections is eliminated. It’s simple to do.
Merely slice off the highest and backside of the fruit and stand it on one of many flat ends. Use a pointy knife to slice the pores and skin and membrane from the fruit, leaving the fruit plump, juicy, and naked. Slice the fruit into founds or segments. To phase the fruit, run a pointy knife alongside the person membranes.
About this Salad
Grapefruit could be the star of this salad however fennel is an excellent robust again up coming in robust from the wings. Fennel provides a crisp chunk to the salad, and when shaved thinly melds properly with all the flavors with out taking on. I exploit this handheld mandolin for a straightforward option to get uniform slices. You can even use it to make lengthy, skinny flakes of excellent Parmesan Reggiano.
The dressing for this salad is similar to my normal lemon-flavored dressing however with contemporary squeezed grapefruit juice as an alternative. I used a grainy brown mustard in lieu of Marie’s suggestion to make use of Dijon, however both or a mixture of each will work equally properly. And it’s one among my favourite shake in a jar dressings for an excellent simple combine and retailer resolution.
I used micro inexperienced pea shoots for this salad however you would definitely substitute them with a lightweight spring combine, arugula, or child spinach in the event you choose. And as at all times, season with extra kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper to style.
Whereas this salad is great any time of the yr, it really works particularly properly in that transition time from winter to spring earlier than all the summer time fixings come into season, and like Marie suggests, it tastes even higher on a sizzling summer time evening with a glass of rosé. Cheers!
Recipe Concepts to Serve With this Salad
A clear, brilliant salad like this one is well paired with the best flavored dishes to these extra sturdy. Right here’s a number of to think about including to your menu prep to make an entire meal:
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Avocado Grapefruit and Fennel Salad
- 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled and reduce into chunks
- 2 pink grapefruits, peeled and segmented
- 2 handfuls light-weight greens reminiscent of pea shoots, child spinach, or watercress
- Shaved Parmegiano-Reggiano cheese
- Citrus dressing
- For the Dressing
- ¼ cup contemporary squeezed grapefruit juice
- ¼ cup additional virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 teaspoon grainy brown mustard
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshy floor black pepper
- Mix the fennel, avocado, grapefruits and greens in a big salad bowl. Drizzle with Three-Four tablespoons of the citrus dressing and season with the salt and pepper. Regulate seasoning and prime with the shaved items of the Parmesan.
- For the Dressing
- Add all the components to a jar with a fitted lid. Shut the jar and shake properly.
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