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Try a quick healthy and refreshing  salad that has licorice notes from the fennel with white peaches, red berries or blueberries for a summer holiday table. I like to try different types of vegetables paired with fruits as a “get all your nutrients in one dish kinda thing”. Also, this vegetable works extremely well with the sweet taste.

What is fennel? The vegetable belongs to the carrot family! You see it on the supermarket shelf with long stems and green fronds.  It tastes like licorice and I like to call it a dual seasonal produce. Cooked in the winter, roasted in  orange juice, fennel is a  great side dish with turkey or chicken. But in Summer, I like it sliced thin and eaten raw with fruits in a salad. High in vitamin C, (17% RDA), Fennel is a great non starchy vegetable with 1 bulb having 17 grams carbohydrate with high fiber, great for diabetics and  weight watchers alike.

Fresh Fennel Slaw with White Peaches and Berries in Honey Lemon Dressing

  • 2 bulbs of fennel long stems removed save fronds

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1 white peach sliced

  • 1/2 cup of raspberries of strawberries

  • 4 tablespoons of honey

  • 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil

  • juice of  3  lemons

  • Cracked black pepper and salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fronds

  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds

Remove the stalks and fronds, cut off the base and slice into thin slices similar to an onion. Mix  the honey, olive oil and lemon juice together with crushed fennel seeds, salt and pepper to taste. Add some chopped green fronds from the stalks.  Add the berries and peaches and pour the vinaigrette over the fennel and fruit and let macerate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Serves 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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