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Monday, July 18, 2011

Fennel, Blood Orange, and Vinegared Onion Salad

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 1

To pair with my Italian Roast Chicken with Basil, Rosemary, and Thyme, I made few simple salads. I've made an Orange and Fennel Salad before, but I remembered that Corey of Tongue in Cheek had an Orange Onion Salad in which she marinated the onions with a bit of vinegar. Oh! Like Hanh Dam (Vietnamese Vinegared Onions)! I can definitely do that.

Surprisingly, blood oranges were still at the farmers' market even into summer, so I had to use them, but regular oranges should be just fine. The fennel though were really quite small, so I couldn't get nice big slices to make this salad look as pretty as I wanted. It still tasted great though so I'll have to do this again next year when fennel and blood oranges come into season again.

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 2

Fennel, Blood Orange, and Vinegared Onion Salad

For four servings as a side salad, you'll need:
1/2 red or white onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 blood oranges, or any other orange, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
Pinch of salt
A few turns of freshly ground black pepper
A generous drizzle of olive oil

Thinly slice the onion and place into a bowl. Pour about 1/3 cup white wine vinegar and 1 tsp sugar on top and let the onions soften. The vinegar will help decrease the harshness of the onions.

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 3

Peel and thinly slice two oranges and a fennel bulb. Add that on top. Add a few chopped fennel fronds too if you'd like.

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 4

Add a pinch of salt, a few cranks of freshly ground black pepper, and a generous drizzle of olive oil and gently toss. Make sure you've redistributed the vinegar that was at the bottom of the bowl. Taste and adjust if necessary.

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 5

Let the salad marinate for about half an hour in the fridge for the flavors to develop.

Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad 6

Give it another toss before serving.


Some other salads you might like:
Caesar Salad with Chicken and Croutons
Celery, Bleu Cheese, and Walnut Salad
Cobb Salad
Fava and Garbanzo Bean Salad
Goi Buoi Tom (Vietnamese Pomelo Salad with Shrimp)
Goi Cu Sen Non Tom Thit (Vietnamese Young Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork)
Goi Xoai Xanh (Vietnamese Green Mango Salad)
Insalata Caprese (Italian Capri Salad - Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella)
Waldorf Salad
Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad
Wilted Arugula and Lettuce Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Xa Lach Thit Bo (Vietnamese Steak Salad)

1 year ago today,
2 years ago today, Fentons Creamery & Restaurant - Oakland.
3 years ago today, Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad.
4 years ago today, Manna Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown).


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