Seasonal, flexible, and boldly flavorful, this Citrus + Fennel Salad with Crushed Olives is everything I want in the middle of Winter. Make this no-cook recipe to serve alongside roasted salmon or chicken, or as an easy starter or side.
Prep the citrus, fennel, + olives
- Cut off the tops and bottoms of the oranges to create flat surfaces. Using sharp knife, carefully cut peel, pith, and membrane away. Alternatively, you can remove peel with hands as you normally would before eating an orange - slicing with knife will look cleaner by removing the pith, but both methods work! Repeat with remaining oranges, and slice crosswise into discs. Set aside. *Save some of the peel, as you can squeeze some of the fresh citrus juice from a peel or two when finishing the dish*
- Remove any sad looking outer layers of fennel. With root intact, slice fennel in half lengthwise. Thinly slice both halves with very sharp knife or mandolin slicer, you're almost going for shaved fennel. The thinner the slices the better. Discard root. Toss sliced fennel in juice of 1 lemon and season with kosher salt and set aside.
- Crush olives by placing on cutting board and gently crushing with flat side of knife or heel of your hand. Discard pits and tear or roughly chop olives into tiny pieces. Set aside.
- Arrange citrus rounds and fennel on serving plate. I like to alternate layers of citrus and fennel here and there, but you don’t have to be too fussy. Scatter crushed olives on top. Squeeze fresh citrus juice on top with some of the reserved orange peel.
- Drizzle with generous amounts of extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with flaky salt. Top with crushed red chili flakes and freshly cracked black pepper. Bring it all together with fresh fennel fronds and mint.