This is an awesome refreshing salad full of flavor and crunch! Serve it with some nice warm crusty bread.
I just love this salad, its great by itself but you can also add it to some greens of your choice. I also like to mix it with some wild rice or quinoa and I usually add a bit more dressing and finely shredded Asiago cheese.
After I made and photographed this salad I took a bowl of it outside on my little patio and enjoyed it with a glass of Albarino. I always get inspired after eating lunch outdoors. It’s one of my favorite things to do and any restaurant with outdoor seating is somewhere I want to try.
It goes great with most dry and sweet white wines, it just depends on your mood. Try it with a crisp Riesling, a Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino or Rose wine.
- 1/2 Cup Tangerine Champagne Vinaigrette or to taste
- 1 Fennel Bulb
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Basil
- 1/2 Cup Red Cabbage
- 1/2 Cup Radishes about 7
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Reggiano Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Aged Asiago Cheese
Start by making the Tangerine Champagne Vinaigrette. (You can make the day before)
Cut the stalks off of the fennel bulb, then cut the bulb in half, then cut out the core, then slice each half in half and then slice as thin as you can. and add to bowl.
Chop the basil in o thin strips and chop the red cabbage, slice the radishes, dice the pepper, shave (with a peeler) or finely shred the parmesan and asiago, measure everything and add to bowl.
Mix everything thoroughly and serve.
Fennel is a very good source of fiber that helps limit cholesterol buildup and helps to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood. The fiber also helps remove carcinogens from the colon and it can eliminate constipation. It contains the phytonutrient anethole, the main part of its volatile oil that has been shown to reduce inflammation and also helping prevent the occurrence of cancer. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which is helpful for eye inflammation, and reduces premature aging and macular degeneration. There are high levels of potassium in the fennel bulbs and seeds and can help increase brain function and cognitive abilities and it also increases the reach of oxygen to the brain. The fronds above the fennel bulbs contain important vitamins, like pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin.
Tangerines are a type of mandarin orange. They are a valuable source of flavonoid anti-oxidants that are several times higher than oranges, but have even more vitamin A and iron. The vitamin A in them helps with immune function, vision and reproductive health. As with all citrus they are still very rich in vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen and helps keeps your skin supple as well as stimulating cell generation in the body. Antioxidants are found in high concentrations in the rind of tangerines, which fighting off free radicals keeping the body’s cells healthy while purifying the blood and remove toxins. They contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber that improves digestion and restrict the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which helps cut the risk of obesity and reduce inflammation. Tangerine fruit has been used effectively against skin diseases and arthritis. They also help to absorb iron from food in to the body and contain a good amount of Folate and Potassium.