Saturday, June 05, 2010

Arugula, oranfe and fennel salad with Basil orange vinaigrette

A nice and fresh salad. I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything with citrus in it! :)

Ingredients (for 4 people)

* 1 bunch fennel
* 1 bunch arugula
* 2 oranges
* 2/3 cup orange juice
* 1/3 cup walnut oil
* 2 tbs chopped fresh basil
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Basil baby leaves (for decoration)

To prepare the vinaigrette, whisk together orange juice, walnut oil, basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Slice fennel very thin. If you try to do it with a mandoline, try not slice your nail as I did. If you are not going to use the  fennel right away, keep it in ice water until ready to use it. Cut stems off arugula and tear leaves in large pieces. Peel and cut the oranges into round slices.

In a bowl, toss together fennel and arugula with most part of the vinaigrette. Divide in plates, mix the oranges with the remaining vinaigrette and and place on the plates. Garnish with the baby basil leaves.

Preparation time: 15 minutes