Orange Fennel Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

This orange fennel salad is perfect in the dead of winter or in the heat of summer. The mint vinaigrette marries all the prominent flavors giving you with a dish that’s fresh, vibrant and delicious.

Do you ever have one of those meals where your taste buds are just firing off like crazy and you can’t believe all the crazy flavors happening in your mouth and how have you never tasted something like this before and when can you get more?

Large white serving platter filled with orange fennel salad with mint vinaigrette garnished with micro greens

The Fontinalis pop up at Northbound Supply this past February was that meal for me. We ordered braised lamb with polenta, roasted carrot soup and a divine citrus fennel salad. I can’t even describe how delicious it was. Okay, well maybe I can. Let me at least try.

Large white serving platter filled with orange fennel salad with mint vinaigrette garnished with micro greens

The braised lamb was rich, fall apart tender, and oh so juicy. It was topped with tons of fresh chopped cilantro and the nestled into a bed of soft, thick, creamy polenta. The soup was deep with the slightly sweet roasted carrot flavor and a hint of ginger and topped with chopped pecans. And the citrus salad…WOW. Thinly sliced fennel, orange and grapefruit segments along with fresh mint, all tossed in a mint vinaigrette topped with toasted chopped peanuts. The citrus salad perfectly balanced the richness of the lamb and polenta and the creaminess of the carrot soup.

Large white serving platter filled with orange fennel salad with mint vinaigrette garnished with micro greens

It was one of those meals I will never forget. Like my mouth is literally watering right now just thinking about it and I can remember exactly how everything tasted.

Large white serving platter filled with orange fennel salad with mint vinaigrette garnished with micro greens

So this week I had some mint simple syrup taking up valuable real estate in the fridge. And a bag full of juicy oranges. And my daughter took a long nap. All of the stars aligned and it was time to make an orange fennel salad.

Large white serving platter filled with orange fennel salad with mint vinaigrette garnished with micro greens

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Orange Fennel Salad with Mint Vinaigrette


  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This orange fennel salad is perfect in the dead of winter or in the heat of summer. The mint vinaigrette marries all the prominent flavors giving you with a dish that’s fresh, vibrant and delicious.


Ingredients

  • 3 oranges (peel removed, sliced 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 small bulb fennel (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup micro greens of your choice

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange oranges and fennel on a serving platter in a couple layers, overlapping here and there. Arrange micro greens across the platter as well.
  2. In a small mason jar add all dressing ingredients and shake vigorously until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve!

Notes

*MINT SIMPLE SYRUP: To make the mint simple syrup, add equal parts water and sugar to a small saucepan along with a handful of mint. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Transfer to mason jar and store in the fridge. You can make as much or as little of this stuff as you want. And I’m telling you, this is the perfect addition to nearly any summer cocktail you can think of, so probably make a lot of it.

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