Fennel-and-Citrus Salad with Mint

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For his light, simple salad, chef Matthew Accarrino of San Francisco's SPQR mixes grapefruit and orange segments with shaved fennel and a sweet-tart honey-lemon dressing. Slideshow: Fantastic Fruit Salads 

Fennel-and-Citrus Salad with Mint
Photo: © Con Poulos
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 2 red grapefruits

  • 2 navel oranges

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Salt

  • 2 fennel bulbs—halved, cored and thinly sliced on a mandolin, 2 tablespoons of chopped fronds reserved

  • 2 tablespoons small mint leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Directions

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the skin and white pith from the grapefruits and oranges. Working over a bowl, cut between the membranes to release the sections into the bowl. Squeeze the membranes to extract the juice.

  2. In a small bowl, stir the olive oil with the honey and lemon juice. Add 3 tablespoons of the citrus juice and season with salt. Reserve the remaining citrus juice for another use.

  3. In a shallow serving bowl, toss the fennel and citrus sections with the dressing. Garnish with the chopped fennel fronds, mint leaves and ground coriander and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

As a pairing, SPQR co-owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren pours a lively white wine: an Assyrtiko from Greece's island of Santorini.

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