Fennel and Tangerine Salad
Little used by many home cooks, fennel has a delicate anise flavor and a crispness rivaling celery, without the stalk’s stringy texture. That delicate flavor and succulent texture can make it a star of any salad when paired with complementary ingredients, like sweet-tart tangerines.
Why This Recipe Works
The first issue we tackled when developing our fennel and tangerine salad was how to best cut the fennel, preferring in the end to slice it into tidy, thin strips. As for the tangerines for our fennel and tangerine salad recipe, we wanted pieces devoid of fibrous pith, so we peeled the tangerines, cleaned away the stringy white pith, and then sliced the fruit crosswise into bite-sized pieces, which held together well when tossed with the fennel. The fennel and tangerine tasted great together, especially when dressed with fruity extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice.