This wonderfully bright, tangy and rich Arugula Orange Fennel Salad is great any time of the year, but you might want to serve it with my Plant-Based Moroccan Holiday Menu. A typical Moroccan meal begins with a series of hot and cold salads, followed by a tagine (usually meat), but my plant-based Moroccan version is vegan, of course.
In addition to this orange fennel salad, the menu includes a Moroccan Spiced Eggnog, Red Pepper Dip, a Chickpea Moroccan Vegetable Tagine for the main course, sweet roasted carrots, and for dessert, a choice of either Baked Pears with Cardamom, or Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding.
Fennel has a bit of a licorice taste and I like it best raw if it's sliced quite thinly. You can also roast fennel as it's delicious served warm. If you're not familiar with fennel, it's a large white-light green bulb with long stems and fronds (see the photo). See the short video below that shows you how to prepare it.
For the photos, I used fresh oranges. I accidentally purchased two different types of oranges which you see in the photo but that makes it so colorful. I've also included the option of using canned mandarin oranges instead of fresh but you can make that call for yourself. Peeling and segmenting oranges takes a little more time and I've included a video about how to do that, as well.
You won't want to miss these delightful salads:
- Arugula, Orange and Beet Salad
- Vegan Caprese Salad with Blackberry & Watermelon
- Corn, Tomato Salad
- Low-Fat Broccoli Salad
Once you've thinly sliced the fennel, toss it with the orange segments, and pistachios. Make the dressing in a high-powered blender by adding the pistachios, orange, apple cider vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, and ginger. Don't worry if you still have bits of nuts in the dressing as they add crunch. And, I might add some important oil that helps us assimilate all of the nutrition in the greens.
Once you've tossed everything except the arugula with the dressing you're ready to serve. Each plate gets a handful of arugula and is topped with the dressed ingredients and topped with a sprinkling of cilantro.
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