This traditional Spanish salad is a harmonious combination of sweet oranges, crunchy fennel, zesty red onions and salty black olives. If you want to have a great recipe there should be the salty/sweet/fat/spicy/acidic balance. And this recipe is right on point.
We have sweet, juicy oranges as a sweet component, red onions adding a wonderful spicy bite. Salty black olives are here as well for the salty ingredient, you can also use Spanish green olives for more authenticity but I love the pop of black color. Fragrant olive oil serves as a simple dressing and fennel takes the center stage. Fennel bulb, which looks like a hybrid of an onion and the base of a bunch of celery, has a sweet, aromatic, anise-like flavor. But instead of making the salad taste like licorice fennel imparts a light, bright spring-like quality it.
This salad is magically refreshing and makes a wonderful side dish for grilled fish, seafood or chicken. It is also very pretty and appetizing on the plate with the kaleidoscope if vivid color. The texture is crunchy thanks to the fennel and onions and juicy at the same time thanks to the orange. And the combination of orange and fennel is really delicious.
The salad looks so elegant and fancy but super easy to make. It is really fitting or any occasion, great for entertaining, from romantic dinners to backyard barbecues. With just a handful of simple ingredients and basic chopping skills the salad is ready in under 15 minutes.