A classic Italian fennel salad recipe
Italians know what flavours work together! A fennel & orange salad is a masterclass of flavour, colour and texture. The sweet aniseed flavour of fennel is the perfect parnter to sweet orange segments. In Italy, fennel has a long season from June to October, so the markets are always well stocked with one of their most loved vegetables. Fennel is used in so many ways in Italy, but as a simple, fresh salad is one of the most common.
In the USA, fennel is in season in late winter through to Spring, which is when it's at its best and cheapest. Like many fresh ingredients these days, you can find it all year 'round. This salad is especially delicious in the summer months.
If you're lucky enough to visit Italy, be sure to try the fennel - it's noticeably more tender, crunchy and delicious. It's not just my in my imagination, it's seriously amazing.