Recipe: Healthy Fennel Salad with Oranges & Walnuts
Fennel is one of our favourite vegetables: We put fennel extract in our anti-dandruff shampoo because it counteracts dandruff and strengthens the hair. However, fennel is also great to eat and has many benefits for our body!
It contains soothing essential oils, a considerable number of minerals, such as iron, magnesium and calcium, several B vitamins and also a good portion of vitamin C. The tuber is also useful for detox diets since it contains almost no fat but plenty of fibre and lots of plant-based protein.
The essential oils contained are good for the nerves, stomach and intestines, but fennel also helps with colds and can calm the bronchi. Chilled fennel tea also calms an upset stomach and relieves nausea.
Its antispasmodic effect helps many women with menstrual cramps. Fennel tea is also very popular with pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers because it is said to stimulate milk flow and relieve colic in infants.
Here is our recipe for a quick and easy salad with fennel and oranges:
- 1 fennel
- 1 orange
- 1 handful of walnuts
- Rocket or lamb's lettuce
- Olive oil
- Juice of a lemon or lime
First, cut or slice the fennel into fine strips. If you don't have a vegetable slicer and the strips are a little too thick when you cut them with a knife, put the fennel in a bowl and knead it briefly with a pinch of salt or a little oil, then it will become a little softer.
Now fillet the orange, chop the walnuts and mix everything in a large bowl with the fennel and lettuce.
For the dressing, squeeze the juice from a lemon or lime, mix briefly with olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Mix everything together and serve on 2 plates. If you have saved the sprigs from the fennel head, now sprinkle them over the finished salad. Looks nice and gives the whole thing that certain something in terms of taste.
This salad is not only really healthy, but also always puts you in a good mood. So go to the market right away and stock up on this great vegetable!