Gutsy isn't a word I'd normally use to describe a salad. That's just because I've never had a fennel salad before. Fennel is another one of those ingredients I've seen lurking in the grocery store, but haven't really explored properly. I've tried it in cooked form before, but I found the flavour to be slightly... lacking. I was expecting a stronger flavour and that is not what you get from cooked fennel. Raw fennel is a completely different story though.
A word of warning - this salad takes some time to grow on you. The first few bites attacked my tastebuds, but it grew on me with each subsequent bite and I'll tell ya, by the time my last forkfull rolled along I was wishing for seconds. The flavours are bold and at first glance you might think they will overwhelm each other, but this is not the case. Instead, they work together beautifully to create a sophisticated side-dish or light lunch.
I'm submitting this to the Beet 'n Squash YOU! challenge hosted by Bouchon For Two and She Simmers. The chosen vegetable for December is fennel.
Greek Fennel & Potato Salad
500g baby potatoes, cooked and halved3 small fennel bulbs (including leaves), thinly sliced100g black olives, pitted and halved100g feta cheese4 tbsp light mayonaisse1 tbsp lemon juicesalt & pepper to tastebaby salad leaves, to serve (optional)
1. Toss potatoes, fennel and olives together.2. Crumble feta into the salad, then add mayo and lemon juice and mix lightly to combine, taking care not to mash the potatoes.3. Season with salt and pepper and serve atop crisp salad leaves.
Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 178.2 , Total fat 7.2 g, Saturated fat 2,7 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0.3 g, Monounsaturated fat 1.6 g, Cholesterol 14.8 mg, Sodium 579.0 mg, Potassium 394.8 mg, Total carbohydrate 25.2 g, Dietary fiber 2.3 g, Sugars 0.1 g, Protein 4.7 g
Good source of: Vitamin C 24.5 %, Vitamin B-6 19.7 %