Under 30 Minutes
Beet, Fennel, and Carrot Salad
A vinaigrette made with citrus and fennel seeds brightens this colorful, crunchy salad.
For the Salad
- 1 fennel bulb, trimmed
- 5 medium carrots
- 2 large beets, trimmed and peeled
For the Vinaigrette
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 shallot, halved and very thinly sliced
- Coarse salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Make the salad: Quarter fennel bulb lengthwise, and cut out core. Very thinly slice fennel lengthwise into strips using a mandoline or sharp knife. Cover with a damp paper towel in a glass dish.
Grate carrots, then beets, on the large holes of a box grater. Arrange side by side with fennel. Keep covered with damp paper towel, and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the vinaigrette: Toast fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl, and add orange juice, vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, and 1 teaspoon salt. Gradually whisk in oil.
Toss fennel, beets, and carrots with vinaigrette in a large bowl. Serve immediately.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2011