Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fennel, Grapefruit, and Beet Salad

Fennel is one of those vegetables that I completely forget about until it's December. Even if I buy some during the non December part of year, it always seems to get pushed back into the deep bowels of the vegetable drawers. I got reminded to use fennel when my friend, Caliopy of Comme Des Calliope, came over for dinner. She requested some salads, mentioning beets and fennel. I put the two together then added juicy, tangy ruby grapefruit, avocados for creaminess and capers, kalamata olive and pickled asparagus for a salty contrast. It makes for a refreshing, beautiful wintertime salad. I made the same salad a few days later adding pomegranate arils and roasted pistachios (instead of sunflower seeds), which was even better. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of this version, but I fully encourage you to decorate avidly!

Fennel, Grapefruit and Beet Salad

1 fresh beet, boiled, skinned and sliced
1 bulb of fennel
1/2 ruby red grapefruit, segmented
1/2 avocado, diced
1/3 cup kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers
pickled vegetables (if you like extra salt, tangy vinegary bits)
1/4 cup avocado oil (or fruit olive oil)
2 tablespoon champagne vinegar
kalamata olive juice
3 cups mixed herb salad
roasted nuts for on top (I used sunflower seeds)
salt & pepper 

Spread herbed salad mix on a flat, preferably long, plate. Top with avocados, grapefruit slices, fennel, olives, capers and possibly pomegranate arils. Mix oil, vinegar, olive juice, salt and pepper together and drizzle on top. Top with nuts. 


Elpiniki said...

Very nice salad, beautiful and can be used for a festive dinner too! Nice finding you!

Magda said...

Love this salad Anna! I'm addicted to using citrus fruits in salads.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

Tee hee... *she said bowels*

Beautiful salad - I only like beets with a citrus. Will have to try this out with fennel!

Peter M said...

Look at you...a very nice looking classy!

Banana Wonder said...

Elpiniki - Thanks for stopping by and I cannot wait to check out your blog!

Magda - I hear ya!

Laura - Hah, wow I have never heard that about beets... usually it's, I only eat beets with goat cheese.

Peter - I try my best :-)

Lenia said...

What a yummy and beautiful salad!Bravo,Annoula!

mia xara said...

Very original salad,holiday-appropriate too! Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year with lots of new recipes, XOXO

Dewi said...

This is my kind of salad. Delicious and fresh!

Ivy said...

Beautiful salad. Love all the ingredients. Happy Holidays.

William Allen - Simple Hedonisms said...

yum, glad I saw this. Should add a Feedburner email subscription so I can get these emailed to me. (I don't use RSS much.) Cheers!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

You're my kind of girl! especially when you use fennel in salads. Bravo!

Banana Wonder said...

Lenia - Efxaristw poli! Merry Christmas to your family.

Mia Xara - Thank you! Wishing you Happy Holidays.

Dewi - Yay! I hear ya sista.

Ivy - Thanks and Happy Holidays.

William - I am ON it. Thanks for the feedback.

Peter - You, me and Dewi!

Helen said...

Finally made it here after days of running around for last minute Christmas preparations! This salad looks marvelous! I too forget about buying fennel and then when I do buy it and prepare it, I realize how much I've missed it. I really need to start eating more salads especially after all the candies, chocolates and desserts I've been consuming lately.