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The Italian Gardener Pty Ltd

Fennel and Orange Salad

4 blood oranges or navel oranges

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and shaved using a mandolin, or finely sliced

2 Tbs finely minced young fennel leaves

3 Tbs chopped walnuts

2 Tbs good virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cos lettuce leaves to serve

Cut the top and bottom off the oranges exposing the flesh and place on a board. With a sharp knife cut the skin and pith from the orange from top to bottom following the orange shape to expose the flesh. Then either cut segments from the orange between the fillaments, or thinly slice into rounds and arrange in a serving bowl.

Sprinkle the sliced fennel and leaves and walnuts over the oranges and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Let stand covered at room temperature for several hours, basting with the juice and oil.

Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.

From "Truly Italian" by Ursula Ferrigno, Mitchell Beazley publisher.