The Sicilian-inspired salad’s flavor combination of fennel’s sweet licorice flavor, juicy tart grapefruit and smooth avocado topped with salty Parmesan is a welcome addition to any meal any time of the year.
I am a self-proclaimed lemon head. No, not the ’80’s band (although I do love me a little Evan Dando), nor the super sour hard candy that’ll send your tastebuds into orbit. In so much of the food I cook, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds just the right bright citrus notes to liven up a blah bite or balance out a rich and heavy dish.
One of my fondest memories as a kid is sitting at my grandparents breakfast table and watching my grandpa section his daily grapefruit with his special grapefruit knife. Grandpa was a man of few words, but one thing he would always say is, “Heidi, you should eat grapefruit.”
As a youngster who leaned more to the sweeter side than the tart, I politely declined every time. What I later realized is he had a secret to enjoying his grapefruit: a big spoonful of sugar he’d sprinkle over the top. I always knew he was smart, but that sealed the deal.
Just like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and xx, my culinary taster pallet developed and changed over the years. So when I came across this bright, and fresh, and totally easy to pull together salad that works equally as well as a meal-time opener or as the main star, I was finally ready to go all-in on the grapefruit eating band wagon.
This simple salad is from the new cookbook Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin of the food blog Food Nouveau and it hits all of the sweet and sour and puckery notes that only citrus can provide.continue to the recipe… about Avocado Grapefruit and Fennel Salad