Christmas

A+ Salad (Celery & Fennel)

August 19, 2018
Author Notes

I brought this to a dinner party recently, and my dear friend Naomi said it was "A Plus..." —Sadassa_Ulna

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces baby arugula (washed and dried)
  • 1 large fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 8 stalks celery, thinly sliced ON THE DIAGONAL
  • 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, chopped fine
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Grate zest of one lemon into a medium bowl. Squeeze juice from both lemons to yield 1/3 cup juice. Add to zest in bowl.
  2. Add sugar, salt, ground pepper and olive oil to lemon zest/juice mixture. Whisk together to create the dressing.
  3. Place sliced celery and fennel into dressing mixture to coat thoroughly (or let sit for 30-60 minutes).
  4. Place arugula into a serving bowl and pour dressed celery/fennel over it; sprinkle with parsley and pistachios. Toss salad before serving.

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Sadassa_Ulna

Recipe by: Sadassa_Ulna

Growing up I was the world's pickiest eater, that is, until my children were born. Karma. Neither of my parents were much into cooking; it was the height of eating fat-free or anything with oat bran added. I taught myself some basics, mostly baking, following the guidelines of a well-worn copy of Joy of Cooking. I was a ballet dancer and a teacher suggested I lose weight. As I began reading about diet and nutrition I became interested in natural foods, which led to a job at a macrobiotic natural foods market in Center City Philadelphia; this was way before Whole Foods came to the area. I learned a lot about food in general. I ate strictly vegan for a while, although I don't now, but I still like it when a recipe can taste great without butter or bacon! In short, my approach to cooking is idiosyncratic, and I don't know very much about cooking meat or proper technique. I love to bake and I am still working on expanding my palate and my repertoire. The hardest part is getting the whole family to try new things! So aside from my food status, I am an architect who likes to garden and play music. I'm married with two kids, and I hope to get a dog someday.