Shaved Fennel and Green Apple Salad with Orange Dressing and Ricotta Salata

Total Time:
15 min
15 min

4 servings

  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 navel oranges, juiced
  • 1/2 navel orange, zested
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Couple pinches salt
  • About 15 to 20 grinds black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 bulb fennel, shaved with a knife or mandoline (about 2 to 3 cups), fronds reserved and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/8-inch thick slices, then cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 -pound ricotta salata, shaved

Combine dressing ingredients in a sealable container and shake to emulsify.

Combine shaved fennel, some of the fronds, and apple in a mixing bowl and toss. Toss the salad with the dressing. Distribute between serving plates. Top with shaved cheese and scatter a few more chopped fennel fronds over the top. Serve immediately.

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    This a fantastic salad, I sometimes make just the dressing for regular salads as well. Everytime I make this for guests they love it and want the recipe.
    Love this recipe because I am on an anticoagulant and am having to find alternatives to dark leafy green salads. It does make a lot but holds pretty well until the next day and dressing lasts several days if refrigerated. I added shaved raw turnip and currants to it for variety. Very refreshing!
    I hate the taste of black licorice, so I was hesitant to try this recipe. I'm glad that I did because I really liked it. I don't know if the bulb I bought, wasn't and strong as normal or what, but the salad had a really nice flavor. My only complaint, is that the dressing proportions made enough for three salads. I don't know what size oranges David used, but the ones from my tree are huge and juicy, so I only used one and still had enough left for 2 additional salads. Prep time was a breeze, I used the mandolin for the apple and fennel.
    Amazing salad!!!!!!! Fresh, light, Delish!
    Love this salad! Is very refreshing in the summer and easy to put together quickly. A great alternative to traditional salads you see at BBQ's. Flavors between the orange, fennel, and green apple are really well balanced.
    I always enjoy Dave and during this episode thought, "I HAVE to make this meal." Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the salad. I followed the directions to a T, however felt it was a little too bitter and overpowering. My husband said the shallots were too much for him and he overall did not like it. I don't believe I will make this, or any rendition of this. Perhaps, I am not a fennel woman.
    This was the first time I have made something with fennel in it and what an easy one to make. The only negative thing I can say is the prep time is a little long but it is well worth it. The combination of the fennel with the orange dressing is so sweet and delicious you and your guest will love it!
    I had never eaten fennel before and was surprised how much I loved it in a salad. I have made the citrus dressing even without making the salad. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm delicious
    This is a wonderful summer salad. It is light and delicious and very healthy. I have made it several times. If i don't have the cheese in the house I omit it without compromising the dish at all.
    I love this salad. Its so simple and so refreshing you can have any time for any occasion.
    What a crisp refreshing salad, the citrus dressing with the crunch and licorice flavor of fennel and slight tartness of the apple made this salad a nice change from the garden variety.
    I made this salad for a bunch of friends as a side dish for one of our Sunday get togethers - It goes great with burgers and ribs and clams and everything else we were serving and was a lot more interesting than the usual cole slaw or potato salad. I doubled the recipe and there was none left.
    A Blast of Freshness
    I knew I would love this, but couldn't believe my husband did too. I couldn't find the ricotta salata, but I didn't miss it as there was plenty of cheese in the rest of my meal.
    Easy to make and very delicious
    I LOVE this salad! I made it for some dinner guests, and they LOVED it! The dressing was so tangy and fresh tasting. I had never had Ricata Salata before, but it added the perfect touch to the salad. This salad is light, refreshing, different, and simply delicious! Thanks, Dave!
    I made this salad for company recently (as an accompaniment to a spicy pasta dish) and everyone LOVED it. The flavors blend wonderfully and even though I wondered whether everyone would like the fennel, it was a huge hit. My only suggestion would be to double the recipe as it makes a very small amount as is.
    Dave. Bubbela. You are so creative. This is just gorgeous -- filling, light and just beautiful. Well done!
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