Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad
Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad is a refreshing blend of blood orange, mandarins, shaved fennel and creamy avocado served with a maple vinaigrette!
Are you loving winter produce as much as I am? I truly look forward to winter so I can revisit some of my favorite produce like pomegranates, winter squash, and the ingredients here in this Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad.
One vegetable that’s highly underrated is fennel. Yes, it has an anise flavor, and while you won’t ever catch me eating black licorice, I love fennel. I didn’t love it by any means the first time I tried it many years ago, because I made it into a slaw and chopped in big, thick pieces. The anise flavor overpowered the whole thing and I didn’t try it again for a long time. I’m so glad I gave it another chance, and I’ve never looked back. 🙂
Fennel is so fresh and crunchy, and I love to slice it thinly and add it to slaws, brussels sprout salad, or just toss it with arugula and parmesan with a lemony vinaigrette. And when you roast it with veggies or a pork roast, it gets caramelized and magical. I love using the fronds right along with it in dishes, because it acts as an herb, freshening up the dish and also making it look extra pretty.
I didn’t intend to turn into a cheerleader for fennel only in this post, so let’s get to our other star ingredients — all that gorgeous citrus and creamy avocado. 🙂
I used a combination of grapefruit, blood orange, and clementines in this salad to get all the different citrus flavors, and they’re so bright and colorful, they just light up this plate! The avocado is just the richness this salad needs, and it makes one addicting combination. I used my favorite citrus maple vinaigrette because it works with almost everything this time of year, and I’ve always got some in the fridge these days.
This salad is just layers of citrus, crunch, and creaminess, and it’s what winter is all about. Go ahead and toss some pistachios or hazelnuts on top for even more crunch and texture…or not! It’s heavenly as-is, too. 🙂
More fennel recipes you’ll love:
Citrus Salad with Fennel and Avocado
For the citrus salad:
- 2 blood oranges
- 2 navel oranges
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 fennel bulb top removed, halved, and sliced thinly (reserve the fennel fronds for the salad)
- 1 avocado pitted and sliced
For the orange vinaigrette:
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1½ tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1½ teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
- To prep your citrus, simply cut off the top and bottom of each, and place standing up on a cutting board.
- Remove the peel from the sides by cutting from top to the bottom, removing as much of the white pith as possible, then slice.
- Place the orange juice, vinegar, maple syrup, dijon, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small jar and seal tightly with a lid. Shake vigorously until emulsified.
- Place large fennel fronds over the bottom of a platter, then begin layering half of the citrus and fennel over the top. Drizzle with the desired amount of orange vinaigrette, then layer the remaining half of the ctirus and fennel. Top with sliced avocado, additional fennel fronds, and drizzle with more dressing. Serve and enjoy!
- Salad is best enjoyed the day that it's made.
- Pro tip: Prep the dressing, citrus and fennel in advance to make this recipe even faster.
- The orange vinaigrette may be stored in the refrigerator and used within 2 weeks.
- Toss in your favorite greens for added nutrition if desired!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.