"Almost Spring" Fennel Grapefruit Salad

February 26, 2014

Vegan Salad Recipes: Almost Spring Grapefruit Fennel Salad
I came up with this refreshing winter salad while doing a raw vegan detox program from Kaeng Raeng. (Check back for my review!) After about, oh, I don’t know, 5 months of hearty fall and winter meals, I knew I had to reset my body for spring. I am craving fresh vegetables, but not the same kind of big, lush, farmer’s market salads I make with summer’s bounty. There are no good tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, corn, to be had, and I’m not so keen on beets and carrots after a long season of root veggies. This delicate and elegant salad is perfect for this time of year, with ruby grapefruit and sweet fennel–which are both in season, right now. Fennel contains tons of Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and calcium. Grapefruit, of course, is Vitamin C powerhouse–and I added extra protein and minerals by using raw almond butter instead of oil. This antioxidant-rich pairing will make you feel beautiful!

Raw Vegan Fennel Grapefruit Salad

2 servings

1 head of medium fennel

1 ruby red grapefruit

about 7-8 leaves basil, slivered

Dressing

2 tbsp raw almond butter

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp water

salt and pepper

Wash the fennel and slice very thinly (1/8″ or thinner) length-wise. Peel all the grapefruit slices. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. To serve, arrange fennel and grapefruit on a plate, drizzle with dressing, and sprinkle with basil slivers. Bon appetit!

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Also see: Mushroom and Bok Choi Spread with Tahini Sauce

Ginger Carrot Winter  Beauty Smoothie

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Photo: Peaceful Dumpling

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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.

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