The other week I was keen to make a wintery salad to have alongside more hearty, warming dishes. I had a bunch of perfect ingredients from one of my veggie box orders, so the result was this roasted fennel apple and greens salad. So simple but so delicious!
- Fennel bulb
- Olive oil
- 2 apples
- Small radicchio
- Mixed greens
- 1/3 cup parsley
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- Pecorino cheese
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Remove the fronds from the fennel and set aside. Slice the bulb into thin wedges, removing the core, and place on a lined baking tray.
- Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until cooked through and starting to brown
- Meanwhile, thinly slice the apple and radicchio and place in a serving bowl
- Add the mixed greens and toss to combine
- Roughly chop the fennel fronds and parsley and add to the bowl
- Add the cooked fennel then top with zest and juice of a lemon, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat
- Dry toast the pumpkin seeds until lightly browned and sprinkle over the salad, then shave over pecorino to taste
This roasted fennel apple and greens salad is such a good flavour combo. Bitter, sweet, zesty – all bases are covered! I didn’t use a traditional radicchio this time, instead a beautiful castelfranco variety that was in my veggie box. It wasn’t something I had eaten before, but it was as tasty as it was pretty!
If you aren’t planning on serving this straight away then leave chopping up the apple until you’re ready to serve. Even with the lemon juice you don’t want them going brown and losing their crunch if you can avoid it!
I don’t often think about salads in winter, but this roasted fennel apple and greens salad is such a good addition to my winter rotations. I had it for lunch with some grilled haloumi as well as on the side of a pasta dish to ensure I was getting some balance to my diet. It worked excellently on both occasions!
If you want to keep this vegan friendly then just leave out the pecorino. You might want to season with slightly more salt to make up for the lack of saltiness from the cheese – but just taste and balance to your liking.