I just made a super refreshing, summer salad — one that left all the salad bowls empty in our house tonight! My Fennel Peach Salad was clean and crisp with a natural sweetness.
Before all the peaches and fennel run out at our farmers’ markets, I will be making this salad again and again 🙂 and with variations, of course.
Content below was originally published at Naturopath.ca …
I eat plenty of great foods for my digestive system, but I am always looking for variety. One of the best ways to find variety in your food is to eat seasonally. Stick to what is fresh and you will continually find new foods.
Peaches have recently been available in plenty at the farmers’ markets near Seattle, now that they are in season 🙂 Fennel, too is in season, and the two combined perfectly in my Fennel Peach Salad.
A little bit of fennel goes a long way in flavor and the same is true of its health benefits. Fennel is a great digestive aid, so you find it in many after-dinner mouth fresheners. It is loaded with minerals and compounds that relieve both menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Fennel also helps nursing moms with lactation. You can read some more of the many unusual benefits of fennel here.
I replaced a traditional, less healthy dressing with natural fruit juices and honey, to deliciously top a summer salad that is nicely balanced in both flavor and texture.
2 ripe peaches, sliced
1 small bunch of romaine or any green you prefer, roughly chopped
half a fennel bulb, thinly sliced, and whatever feathery fennel leaves are on the stalk
1 tablespoon wildflower honey or agave for vegan version
5-6 thinly sliced radishes
a handful of toasted, salted pistachios
half a handful of black raisins
half a lemon, juiced and zested
freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Mix the lemon juice, zest, honey, and add to the sliced peaches in a small bowl and toss lightly. Let them sit. The fruit will get juicer as it sits.
2. Toss the romaine, fennel, and radish in a big salad bowl.
3. Toss in the juicey peaches, nuts, and raisins, right before you are ready to eat. Season with some pepper and serve it right away!