Early spring is a tricky time for food lovers. With the long winter behind us, the market is still waking up, and while we wait for that new produce to arrive, we squeeze every ounce of creativity to bring back the bright colors and light flavors into our culinary lives. This salad is a refreshing and colorful way to make a new start. A little bit of white, a little bit of orange, a little bit of green, the licorice touch of fennel, the crispy coolness of jicama, the sweet and sour mingling of the green mango, with refreshing hints of lime, basil and mint make a festive welcome for the new season. —QueenSashy
large fennel bulb (about 1 ½ lb)
large jicama (about 1 lb), peeled and julienned into ½-3/4 inch strips
green (unripe) mango, peeled and julienned into ½-3/4 inch strips
Halve the fennel lengthwise without removing the core, and slice the fennel thinly crosswise, stalks included.
In a large bowl mix the fennel, mango and jicama.
Prepare the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lime juice, rice vinegar, salt, pepper and brown sugar. (I found that acidity of the vinaigrette is very personal thing, so adjust the quantities of lime juice according to your liking.) Whisk until well blended and creamy. Add the mint, basil, fennel fronds, lime zest and white pepper.
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad (you may have some vinaigrette left). Mix well and leave for about 15 min for flavors to absorb.
Aleksandra aka QueenSashy is a scientist by day, and cook, photographer and doodler by night. When she is not writing code and formulas, she blogs about food, life and everything in between on her blog, Three Little Halves. Three Little Halves was nominated for 2015 James Beard Awards and the finalist for 2014 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Aleksandra lives in New York City with her other two halves, Miss Pain and Dr. V.