Recipe: Orange, Olive, and Fennel Salad

We've posted a recipe for Orange and Fennel Salad before now, but that was before we had a proper mandoline! When we saw this recipe for fennel salad in Rebecca Gray's book American Artisanal we just had to try it! We went to the market and treasure-hunted for fresh organic fennel, pink Cara Cara oranges, juicy scarlet blood oranges, and artisan-cured black olives.

We couldn't find one ingredient, though...

...turns out that arugula really isn't in season here and no one is carrying it. We substituted a mix of fresh local baby greens.

This is probably our favorite salad - we really can't eat enough of fennel and orange. But the olives added a salty, savory kick - probably a similar role to the crab lump in a memorable salad we ate at Piccolo in Venice Beach. But olives are considerably cheaper and have a charm all their own!

We used some unbelievably meaty and delicious home-cured black olives from our local market.

We also used our new Benriner mandoline! So fun and easy. Look for a full review on Monday.

Orange, Olive, and Fennel Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 clove garlic, halved
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Leaves from 2 bunches arugula
4 navel oranges, peel and pith removed, sliced crosswise
1 large bulb fennel, halved and thinly sliced
½ cup pitted oil-curred black olives

Rub a large salad bowl several times with the cut surface of the garlic clove; discard garlic. In a bowl, whisk the oil, orange juice, and salt and pepper.

Add the argula to the bowl and toss with the dressing; transfer the arugula to chilled serving dishes. Add the oranges, fennel, and olives to the bowl with the dressing; gently toss them to coat lightly with dressing and arrange over the arugula on the plates. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Recipe © American Artisanal by Rebecca Gray, Rizzoli New York, 2008. Used with permission.

(Images: Faith Hopler)

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