Bright, beautiful color for the winter dining. Blood orange and tangerine slices nestle among radicchio leaves, topped with shaved fennel and reserved fronds. A simple citrus vinaigrette is drizzled lightly, for a beautiful winter fruit salad. A simple salad for the season–Blood Orange, Fennel & Radicchio Salad, a colorful little jewel for your table.
BLOOD ORANGE SEASON
Winter brings a variety of weather, depending of course your location. Along the Central Coast of Cali we are enjoying a start to a warm winter, yet the produce at the farmers market still says cold. One bright spot is citrus season, and living just a stones throw from groves of citrus, I always take full advantage of the season. Pixie tangerines (a fragile crop this year due to devastating wild fires in January) along with blood oranges are making their limited appearance.
Typically, citrus season starts in December and ends about May, so there is still time to make this wonderfully simple salad. Blood oranges, which are originally from Sicily, are grown in California, Florida and Texas. Look for them now in the markets, they disappear quickly (they just arrived at Trader Joe’s). Their ruby-red flesh and pink juice makes this a pretty in pink fruit.
WINTER FRUIT SALAD
Keeping some things light and fresh is a winter menu requirement. During winter, I crave the warm colors and this salad fits the bill. Once you purchase your oranges, radicchio and fennel, all easily found in most supermarkets, any small tangerine will work if Pixies are not available.
This salad goes together in quickly and can be prepped without the dressing ahead of service. Beautiful served on a large platter at the table. Bijouxs Little Jewels from the kitchen serving simply beautifully food at home.
As always, enjoy. B