Is your plate colorful enough?

Looking for a new winter salad to try? Tired of always eating those greens? Check out this recipe I found from by Martha Rose Shulman for the most delicious fennel, orange and beet salad EVER! I made it last week and boy was it tasty! It is also dairy and gluten free for those with certain dietary restrictions.

You will need:

  • 2 medium beets, roasted peeled, halved and cut in thin half-moons
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, quartered, cored and sliced very thin across the grain
  • 1 navel orange, peeled, pith cut away, and cut in thin rounds or sections
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lightly toasted cumin seeds, crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small garlic clove, puréed (optional)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Once you have prepared all of the ingredients:

  1. Combine beets, fennel, orange slices or medallions, mint and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
  2. Whisk together lemon or lime juice, sugar, cumin, salt, optional garlic and olive oil. Toss with the salad and serve.


1. Instead of thin slices, I somewhat diced the fennel into different sizes which made for a wonderful assortment of textures (plus it took less time!).

2. I used blood oranges which not only accented the beets but were a tangy surprise! Next time I think I might leave the orange peel on for an added texture and taste.

3. I opted for NO sugar but used lots of freshly squeezed lime juice and pressed garlic (I am a HUGE garlic fan so if it’s not your favorite you might want to go a little easy on it).

4. The cumin is essential– do not leave it out! If you have never toasted and crushed seeds before check out this website–– for an easy “how to”.

Everyone around the table had seconds– some even thirds! Let us know how yours turns out!


One Comment Add yours

  1. j.taylor says:

    Yum yum that looks delicious, great way to cheer up the winter blues too!

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