Fighting frosty weather with fennel, radish, citrus and pistachio salad

Fennel, radish, citrus and pistachio salad

It’s been an overall mild winter in Gourmandistan, and we’re certainly not in the same boat as those unfortunates in Boston. Lately we’ve even seen tiny signs (increased egg laying, daffodil buds inching above the soil) of spring waiting to arrive. However, we’ve also recently suffered a bit of Arctic frigidity. The Siberian blast has frozen our creek, dumped several inches of snow, and at the moment promises to chill and maroon us possibly until early March.


So while we understand that things will warm up someday, right now we’re desperate for any hint of brightness as yet another round of snow closes in. Michelle raided our supplies (we’ve been able to restock relatively unhindered so far) and came up with this lovely and vibrant salad. Its delightful combination of citrus, crisp, sweet and tart reminded us of sunlight and moderate temperatures—but really, we hope the real things hurry along soon.


This is not so much a recipe as an idea.

Mix together the following ingredients:

  • Very thinly sliced fennel bulbs (preferably sliced with a mandolin)
  • Very thinly sliced radishes (crisped up in some very cold water and then dried off with a towel)
  • Supremes of various orange citrus fruits, here oranges and tangerines

Toss with:

  • Juice from the remains of the orange citrus
  • Some lemon juice
  • A bit of olive oil
  • Some good salt and pepper

Just before serving, sprinkle with:

  • Some toasted pistachios


  1. Take me home, country road!

    That’ is very summery of you. Here in southern California, where premature summer has made its appearance, I spent much of the morning driving around looking for fennel. Didn’t realize it had all been exported to KY!

  2. Eha

    I like both the idea and that beautifully evocative and inviting photo! Glad I have found someone else who obviously eats salads all year round! Tho’ our very winter morning minimum of say -2C would not make it a winter at all compared to most 🙂 !!

    • Thanks, and hope you are having a great weekend yourself! We’re a little blue at the moment because the promised rain, which was to melt our snow, never materialized. Luckily I have more fennel and oranges in the fridge!

  3. Nutritious enough to keep those winter ills at bay. It’s amazing what you can create in the kitchen, even when the cold is keeping you from the store! The sweet, crisp fennel, juicy oranges and crunchy, salty pistachio sound like a perfect bite to me. No radishes in our house at the moment, but maybe a tart apple or crisp celery will go well in its place. 🙂 Stay warm…!

  4. This sounds and looks like a perfect winter salad. All ingredients that are easily found in the markets right now…that is when we can make our way through the snow to get to the markets. 😀

  5. Oh man! I missed this when I was in Mex! What a gorgeous salad! Amazing flavor combinations.Perfect for winter and oh so hopeful. I’m a sucker for mandolin work. I should start using mine for the beauty alone. I’ll start with this beautiful creation. So glad I saw this. Thank you for sharing.

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