Radicchio Fennel Salad

Oddly, winter is my favourite time of the year for salad because it is when fennel, bitter leaves (the love of radicchio is in my genes) and citrus are in season – a heavenly combination that is extremely versatile and rewarding. It all makes for a lovely dinner alongside some pan-fried trout, some chicken or just a piece of cheese and some bread (and wine).

Radicchio Fennel Salad

serves 4
2 small heads radicchio Veronese or Chioggia
A generous handful wild rocket
1 large round fennel
Juice of 1 orange
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Parmesan shavings, to taste

Wash all the leaves, spin dry and transfer to a salad bowl. Wash the fennel, cut it in half and discard the branches. Slice as thinly as possible, either using a knife or a mandolin. Arrange on top of the leaves.
Prepare the dressing by whisking together orange juice and oil, then adding the vinegar and the salt, until you have a creamy emulsion. Pour over the salad as soon as ready yo serve.
Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds all over the salad, then top with generous Parmesan shavings. If you like some crunch in your salad, walnuts make a nice addition.



  1. Reb November 12, 2014

    You had me at 'shoebox size refrigerator' :)))
    Us, and them, all the same. Love love.

    • Valeria November 18, 2014

      Love love from the shoebox home! 🙂

  2. Anonymous November 12, 2014

    It's a great feeling to be inspired to write better because of your words. So clear, truthful, inspired, real and honest.

    • Valeria November 18, 2014

      It is a mutual thing, you see, this writing inspiration thing…

  3. Emiko November 12, 2014

    You have such a way with words, Val! And you've just described my every day. I am a morning person when it comes to writing but I never, ever, get the morning to myself! Exhausted, after a toddler has sucked every single bit of energy out of me, I only have time for myself in the evening when my brain has already decided to shut down (how many times I have fallen asleep on my laptop!). It's frustrating but I think that goal of writing a little something every day is the best thing. Plough through, get it down, even if just a little. Sometimes I just jot things down in a little notebook (I don't always have time to sit at the computer! Always on the go! Plus I still prefer writing with a pen and paper! :)) I found that with a deadline I often didn't have a choice but to write something every day (which was good, otherwise procrastination would have taken over!), even when time was non existent or I was too tired and, amazingly, it all comes together in the end. Also, love the new look and this is exactly my kind of salad. x

    • Valeria November 18, 2014

      it's awful, isn't it, this feeling we are not making use of the most creative and productive moments in our lives, and yet sometimes life drag you elsewhere. I spend mine commuting, scrolling brainlessly on my phone listening to music, so I have started tapping everything that comes to mind on the Notes App so to have a recording of these fragments of stories I think about. It helps me keeping this writing anxiety under control, and to have something to tell here. Thank you for your beautiful comment, it means the world to me. x

  4. Valentina Duracinsky November 18, 2014

    Love your writing. I am just like you. Great planner and great procrastinator. It's quite unbelievable!


    • Valeria November 20, 2014

      Thank you Valentina! I think it all comes down to set realistic plans…I am still learning 🙂

  5. Sini | My Blue+White Kitchen November 24, 2014

    I feel your struggles; all those grand plans and then comes…life. I think as important as seeking "perfection" and productivity is for success, creativity, and growth, one also needs to be kind to oneself. We are all people living in a real world; a world of early mornings, long and exhausting days at work, and late evenings. Sometimes we just need to slow down, try less harder.
    This salad is glorious; love the colors and the simplicity.

    • Valeria November 25, 2014

      Life as we know it…yes, kindness and letting things go is definitely a lesson to be learnt. I hope I am on a good path, meanwhile, the business that brings me here to share words and recipes is indeed of the best kind, as it is the most creative feeling I can think of for me right now. Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. x


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