Fennel Cranberry Walnut Salad

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I put this lovely salad together today and totally loved the combination of flavors.

Are you familiar with fennel? This slightly sweet and highly crunchy vegetable is quite common in Italian cuisine. It looks a little like celery, but chubbier. Fennel is packed with Vitamin C and full of phytonutrients. Its most  fascinating phytonutrient being Anethole, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

In The Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer calls pears (and some other fruits) “gifts of the gods”. Indeed, with such a sweet, heavenly flavor, I have to agree! Bosc pears are typically firm, mildly spicy, with just a hint of sweetness. They are a perfect addition to any salad – they really suit dressings made with olive oil and lemon, or even a lovely balsamic vinegar reduction.

I love the flavor of walnuts with pears and fennel. Nuts are a delicious way to add more protein to your salads. Walnuts in particular are especially rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which make them ideal brain food.

I added the lovely cranberries for their rich color and tangy tartness.

For this salad, I enjoy a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.

Make sure you get some of these ingredients next time you’re at the grocery store, and if you can, get the organic variety and reap the health benefits to the max.

To your health!

Fennel Cranberry Walnut Salad

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 2 servings

1 fennel bulb, core removed and thinly sliced

1 Bosc pear, ripe but firm, core removed and sliced

Handful of dried cranberries

Handful of raw walnuts

2 tablespoons olive oil

Juice from one lime or one lemon

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Serve.

“Therein grow trees, tall and luxuriant, pears and pomegranates and apple-trees with their bright fruit, and sweet figs, and luxuriant olives. Of these the fruit perishes not nor fails in winter or in summer, but lasts throughout the year; and ever does the west wind, as it blows, quicken to life some fruits, and ripen others; pear upon pear waxes ripe, apple upon apple, cluster upon cluster, and fig upon fig. There, too, is his fruitful vineyard planted, one part of which, a warm spot on level ground, is being dried in the sun, while other grapes men are gathering, and others, too, they are treading; but in front are unripe grapes that are shedding the blossom, and others that are turning purple. There again, by the last row of the vines, grow trim garden beds of every sort, blooming the year through, and therein are two springs, one of which sends its water throughout all the garden, while the other, over against it, flows beneath the threshold of the court toward the high house; from this the townsfolk drew their water. Such were the glorious gifts of the gods in the palace of Alcinous.” ~Homer, The Odyssey

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