Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette

The sugar helps bring out the natural sweetness of the fennel, don't leave out!

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb (or 2 medium bulbs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot or onion

Method

1 Make the vinaigrette: Put the lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, sugar and mint in a blender and pulse briefly to combine. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it is well combined.

2 Shave the fennel into thin slices: Using a mandoline, shave the fennel into 1/8 inch slices starting from the bottom of the bulb. Don't worry about coring the fennel bulb, it's unnecessary. If you don’t have a mandoline, slice the bulb as thin as you can. Chop some of the fennel fronds as well to toss in with the salad.

3 Marinate fennel with vinaigrette: Toss with the fennel and marinate for at least an hour. Serve this salad either cold or at room temperature.