Fennel_Grapefruit_Salad

Refreshing, crunchy salad that’s great for liver function and digestion, with the classic tang of grapefruit. Keep it vegetarian or add your favourite protein – my fav is fish or seafood. Plus I often add torn radicchio (bitter purple lettuce) to rev up the tang. Ahhh….I can feel the start of spring in the air!

Ingredients:

  • 2 big handfuls loose leaf baby cos/baby spinach/iceberg lettuce/watercress (choose one or combine two)
  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 200g Persian feta, crumbled
  • 1 handful sugar snap peas
  • 1 small avocado, peeled & finely sliced
  • 3 ruby-red grapefruit
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Wash and drain lettuce and sugar snap peas. Arrange on platter.
  2. Thinly slice fennel and red onion. Place on the greens.
  3. Peel and slice 2 grapefruits and avocado. Place on top of fennel & red onion.
  4. Squeeze juice from remaining grapefruit, and set aside.
  5. Sprinkle fetta over salad.
  6. Place fennel seeds in saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder, and grind until very fine.
  7. Place ground seeds in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, honey, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, slowly adding olive oil. Add dressing & toss to combine.
  8. Add protein of choice (sliced poached chicken, lamb backstrap, seafood, fish…) or keep vegetarian.

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