Italian Recipes

Bitter Inexperienced & Fennel Salad

May 4, 2022

It wasn’t until I married into an Italian family almost fifty years ago that I learned to appreciate eating a salad at the end of a meal. Although it may seem strange if you haven’t tried it, a salad, especially one with bitter greens, helps with digestion and completes your meal. This particular combination of lettuce and fresh fennel has become a family favorite at our house, and I make it often. You can vary the types of lettuce you use, including arugula, radicchio, endive, escarole, or whatever combination of salads you prefer. Fresh fennel gives the salad a nice crunch and its subtle liquorice flavor cleanses the palate after eating.

Because the greenish lettuce has a bold flavor, you need a dressing that won’t squander. I prefer a red wine vinegar dressing with just some Dijon mustard and a touch of honey. As with any salad, it’s best to season your salad just before serving to keep the veggies crisp.

Raw green organic escarole salad ready to chop

Enjoy your meal!
Deborah Mele 2022

ingredients

  • 1 small head of radicchio

  • 1 small bunch of escarole

  • 1 bulb of fennel

  • 1 small red onion

Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • salt & pepper to taste

  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

instructions

  1. Halve the radicchio head, remove the stalk, cut into thin slices and place in a large bowl.
  2. Wash and dry the escarole, removing any outer brown leaves, then roughly chop and add to the bowl.
  3. Cut off the top part of the fennel bulb, cut in half and remove the core.
  4. Thinly slice the fennel and add to the bowl.
  5. Peel the onion, cut into thin slices and add to the salad.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing until combined.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently.
  8. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

Yield: 6

Serving size: 1

Amount per serving:

Calories: 126total fat: 12gSaturated Fatty Acids: 2gTrans fats: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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