Blood orange & fennel salad with currants & agro dolce dressing

Blood orange & fennel salad with currants & agro dolce dressing

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Alimentari
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Lauren Bamford

I’m a massive fan of fennel, I love blood orange and I really like the agro dolce flavours: sweet, sour and bitter – so this salad is made up of a lot of my favourite things. If blood oranges are out of season, navel oranges are a fine substitute. We also sometimes use apples or stone fruit, but citrus is lighter and great for summer.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 blood oranges, peeled
2 red witlof, core removed and leaves separated
1 head radicchio, leaves separated and broken
1 bunch chicory, stems and leaves cut into 3 cm pieces
2 fennel bulbs, fronds chopped and bulbs finely sliced on a mandoline
100g currants, soaked for 30 minutes in enough water to cover
1 bunch dill, picked

Agro dolce dressing

Quantity Ingredient
oil, for frying
1 red onion, thinly sliced
50g caster sugar
75ml aged red-wine vinegar
75ml balsamic vinegar
100ml olive oil

Method

  1. Remove the white pith from the oranges using a small sharp knife. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, cut between each membrane to remove the segments. Squeeze out the remaining juice from the core and reserve for the dressing.
  2. To make the dressing, heat a splash of oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the onion and gently cook until golden brown. Add the sugar and the vinegars, and continue cooking until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid has reduced by a third. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, strain out the onions, whisk in the reserved orange juice and the olive oil and season to taste.
  3. Give all of the salad leaves a good wash and allow to dry in a colander.
  4. Gently fold all of the salad ingredients together with the dressing in a large salad bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Note

  • Rocket is a good substitute if chicory is unavailable.
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