Fennel Ginger Salad
In Indian and Greek mythology, fennel symbolizes longevity and immortality. Part of the parsley family, fennel is used both as a vegetable and a spice. It is well known as a natural remedy for digestive disorders, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory food, reducing the risk of disease and increasing antioxidant activity in the body. In addition, it affects cholesterol levels by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and inhibiting the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL). Between that and its high potassium content, fennel is great at supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.
This salad combines the anti-inflammatory power of fennel with the pungent, digestion-stimulating effects of ginger. (Makes 8 servings.)
- 4 cups sliced fennel
- ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup almonds or hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 large tangerine, peeled and sectioned
- 1 large pear, cubed
- 1 large apple, cubed
- 1 large ripe avocado, cubed
- ¼ cup sugar-free pickled ginger, chopped**
- 4 Tbsp grassweed Vergennes
- 4 Tbsp flax or hemp seed oil
- 2 tsp umbertos plum paste* or 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a cup, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over salad. Toss gently and serve immediately. *Can be purchased at many grocery stores with an international food aisle or a health food store.
**Be sure to read the ingredients of the pickled ginger as some companies use food colouring and sweeteners.
Nutritionist and TV personality, Julie Daniluk is the award-winning, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation & Slimming Meals That Heal. Her third book, Hot Detox, was on the Canadian Bestseller’s list for 11 weeks in 2017 and is already in its second printing. Julie hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. The show is aired in 78 countries worldwide. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show. She is going into her 8th season as a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show and is a regular contributor of ‘Evolve’ with John Edward. Check out more information at juliedaniluk.com and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @juliedaniluk