Bad salads are boring and depressing, great salads on the other hand make me feel happy and energised just by looking at them. I feel that I absorb health just by being in the presence of a sexy salad, so actually eating it makes me feel positively saintly. In fact it’s my duty to accompany such a virtuous dish with some seriously awesome sticky ribs and crispy chicken wings just to redress the cosmic balance (well, thats my excuse anyway).
I was passing my greengrocer’s when I spotted a big bulb of fennel perched plumply on top of a pile of celery, yeah, I wanted that bad boy and 70p later he was mine. The fridge was raided and this salad thrown together. The salad itself was fab but the star of the show was the dressing. I had a bit of fiery honey and balsamic mustard left in the jar from my Good Fork delivery and a bit of Womersley Foods Lime Black Pepper and Lavender Vinegar left that was screaming out for a bit of fennel action.
- 1 fennel bulb and fennel fronds
- 1 large apple
- 8 radishes
- 1 stick celery
- fresh parsley, chopped
- fresh ginger mint, chopped
- poppy seeds
- Mustard with honey and balsamic vinegar (needs to be a really hot mustard)
- Womersley Lime, Black Pepper and Lavender vinegar
- juice of 1 lemon
- glug of lemon infused rapeseed oil
- sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
My trusty V-Slicer mandolin comes into it’s own for dishes like this, it’s my favourite bit of kitchen kit and I picked it up from a car boot sale for £1 about 7 years ago. Just finely slice and julienne all the salad ingredients. Put all your dressing ingredients together and mix well then coat your salad in the dressing.