Fresh Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

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Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

After being around so much fennel since living in Rome, a Fennel Salad was in order.

Fennel season is during Winter. CItrus too. You’ll start seeing these seasonal ingredients out on display in the supermarkets. Italy is amazing like that. You can really tell what is in season if you pay close attention to what’s on display in the shops.

After discovering that both fennel and many citrus fruits are in season in December in Italy, I wasn’t surprised to discover that Fennel and Citrus Salad was an Italian classic. Why not give it a whirl?

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This is an easy 4 ingredient salad with a basic dressing. All you need is fennel, grapefruit, rocket, onion for the salad. The dressing is simply olive oil with salt and pepper.


After making this Citrus Fennel Salad, these are some of the lessons I’ve learnt:

Tip: Cut the Fennel nice and finely. Sometimes I cut them too thick which tastes good, but finely cut allows it to mix better with the other ingredients.

Tip: Take the time to cut the grapefruit properly. You don’t need a lot of Grapefruit slices as it has a strong flavour, so it won’t take much time. Here is a fabulous citrus cutting video tutorial. You can taste and add more to get the best balance.

Tip: Add a good amount of fresh rocket and you can enjoy this salad as a full meal.

Tip: If you have, add a freshly chopped Avo.

Have a go at seasonal eating: Check out what’s in season and try out different combinations. This is what led me to make a Fennel Grapefruit salad – Both are in season. Orange and Fennel Salad sounds like a wonderful combination too.

Dressings: The only dressing necessary is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a little salt and pepper.


Please find this tasty Grapefruit and Fennel Salad recipe below, and enjoy!


DifficultyBeginner

Fresh Grapefruit and Fennel Salad. Easy 4-ingredient salad, with a unique and refreshing flavour. Get a healthy dose of Vitamin C, and dietary fibre for healthy digestion.

Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time20 mins

 0.50 Whole Fennel
 2 Grapefruits
 1 Small Sweet Onion (like a shallot)
 2 cups Fresh Rocket
 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 1 tsp Pepper
 2 pinches Salt

1

Rinse the Rocket and shake off any excess water.

2

Rinse Fennel properly.
Slice the whole fennel in half, and then again in quarters.
From there, slice thinly. Use the photo for reference.

3

With a sharp knife, slice off the peel of the grapefruit and orange. Then slice the segments out with a knife. Watch this video to see how it's done.

4

Once you've sliced out all the pieces, squeeze their leftover juices in a glass bowl. This will be your simple salad dressing bowl, so set it aside for later.

5

Chop up your small onion finely. Add to salad mix.
Now you should have a salad bowl with rocket, grapefruit and orange pieces, and onion.

6

Drizzle with some Olive Oil, and few splashes of the leftover juice.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Perhaps a dash of lemon?

7

Down the leftover juice as a natural pre-vitamin shot.

8

Time to eat! Buon Apetito!

Ingredients

 0.50 Whole Fennel
 2 Grapefruits
 1 Small Sweet Onion (like a shallot)
 2 cups Fresh Rocket
 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 1 tsp Pepper
 2 pinches Salt

Directions

1

Rinse the Rocket and shake off any excess water.

2

Rinse Fennel properly.
Slice the whole fennel in half, and then again in quarters.
From there, slice thinly. Use the photo for reference.

3

With a sharp knife, slice off the peel of the grapefruit and orange. Then slice the segments out with a knife. Watch this video to see how it's done.

4

Once you've sliced out all the pieces, squeeze their leftover juices in a glass bowl. This will be your simple salad dressing bowl, so set it aside for later.

5

Chop up your small onion finely. Add to salad mix.
Now you should have a salad bowl with rocket, grapefruit and orange pieces, and onion.

6

Drizzle with some Olive Oil, and few splashes of the leftover juice.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Perhaps a dash of lemon?

7

Down the leftover juice as a natural pre-vitamin shot.

8

Time to eat! Buon Apetito!

Fresh Grapefruit and Fennel Salad
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