This salad is our first recipe of the summer, mainly because of the funny story behind it: we're constantly talking about how, in America, you can get anything at the grocery store, at any time of year, whereas in Italy we tend to eat more seasonally and we're never able to find things like jalapenos or coconuts. But. The other day, in our huge, American grocery store, we could not, for the life of us, find fennel. Fennel is a staple in Italy and it's one of the things that you can always find, so we got a big kick out of not being able to find it here. Of course, we went back two days later, and there it was, and so here is this delicious salad (which is popular in Sicily):
Orange + Fennel Salad
What You Need: 2 oranges, peeled and sliced (I usually cut across the orange);1 fennel bulb (remove the fronds but save), washed and sliced; a few slices of red onion; red wine vinegar + olive oil; salt + pepper
Directions: Arrange the orange, fennel and red onion on a large platter and drizzle with about a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and some good olive oil. Add some of the green fronds to the top, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
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