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Fennel and Orange Salad

Insalata di Finocchio ed Arancia

Serves 4 to 6

This Sicilian salad is colorful and unusual. My grandmother used to tell us that when there was nothing to eat in Sicily, there were always tarocchi, or blood oranges, so called because of their deep red color. Blood oranges are available in late June and early July, but when I can't get them, I use navel oranges.

Ingredients

6 medium blood or navel oranges

1 medium bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into thin strips

2 tablespoons finely minced fennel leaves

3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup whole, pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Romaine lettuce leaves

Directions

Peel the oranges and remove as much of the pith (white membrane) as possible. Slice the oranges into thin rounds and place them in a shallow dish, slightly overlapping them. Sprinkle over the fennel strips, fennel leaves, and walnuts. Drizzle the olive oil over, and sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let the salad stand at room temperature for several hours. Every so often, tilt and turn the dish so that the oil and juices that have collected flow over and around the oranges.

To serve, arrange the salad on a bed of Romaine lettuce. Sprinkle nuts and olives onto oranges and pour the juices over it.

This recipe is featured on show 2012 - Only Five Ingredients.

This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA by Mary Ann Esposito, published by William Morrow and Company Inc., in 1991.

Comments

  1. antonia's avatar

    antonia

    no mention of oil cured olives in printed recipe but shown in picture and video. also, walnuts not shown in picture or video but listed as ingredient. please clarify.
  2. antonia's avatar

    antonia

    no mention of oil cured olives in printed recipe but shown in picture and video. also, walnuts not shown in picture or video but listed as ingredient. please clarify.
  3. Paul Lally, Executive Producer's avatar

    Paul Lally, Executive Producer

    All fixed, Antonia.
    Sometimes Mary Ann will prepare recipes slightly differently than the printed recipe. It's the nature of cooking shows versus cooking in the kitchen. Either way, this is a great recipe. Enjoy!
  4. Cheryll Greene's avatar

    Cheryll Greene

    I love you Mary Ann! You are the Italian-American sister we all wish we had. Ciao!

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