Fennel is available autumn through spring and provides so much nutrition and anti-oxidant qualities that we recommend you give this interesting and unique root veggie a try! It has a bright anise flavor that pairs well with sweet fruits and makes for a perfect winter salad. This is hearty on its own but feel free to serve with roasted chicken or a sweet sausage such as Jones’ All Natural Maple Sausage (product information can be found here: http://www.jonesdairyfarm.com/products/sausage/all-natural-golden-brown-maple-pork-sausage-patties-7-oz).
This meal is Paleo, GAPS, and SCD diet friendly.
Fennel & Apple Salad with Crushed Berry Vinaigrette
1 cup of berries (combination of frozen or fresh berries of choice), crushed with fork
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar such as Bragg’s brand for probiotic benefits (regular apple cider will do)
1/4 cup light flavored oil such as canola, safflower, or grapeseed oil.
fresh cracked sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Whisk together and compose salad of the following:
Apples, cut into bite-size pieces
Oranges, cut into bite-size pieces
Fennel (all parts of fennel, including stalks can be eaten) – recommended to cut very thin as it is a strong flavor.
Raisins or Dried Cranberries
Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Toss the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.
Can also serve with slices of roasted acorn squash, baked sweet potato, quiche, roasted chicken, Lemon infused roasted fish with a Pinot Grigio.