Notes: Serve this easy salad with the main course, or bring it out at the end of the meal for a refreshing note before dessert.
4 navel oranges (about 8 oz. each)
1 head fennel (about 12 oz.), stalks and discolored ends trimmed and discarded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh-ground pepper
1/2 cup pitted green olives
How to Make It
Cut ends off oranges, then cut away peel and outer membrane of fruit in wide strips, following the curve of the orange with the knife. Discard peel; slice fruit crosswise 1/2 inch thick and arrange slices on a large rimmed plate.
Rinse fennel and thinly slice crosswise (or use a mandoline); arrange slices over oranges.
Drizzle olive oil evenly over fennel and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Scatter olives over salad.
This is very good, very pretty on the platte, and so simple. You could have the fennel sliced and the oranges peels, and assemble quickly before serving. I should have saved this meal for valentines day, but I served this with herdes de provence lamb chops and green beans. Everything looked so pretty. I am having the salad again with my lunch today.
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