Blood Orange Salad with Shaved Fennel and Hazelnuts
- 4 blood oranges
- 1 fennel bulb
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup hazelnuts
- About 1/3 cup hazelnut oil
- Sea salt, to taste
If the fennel stalks are still attached, trim them off and reserve for another use or discard. Reserve a few of the feathery fronds for garnish. Remove and discard the outer layer of the bulb if it is tough, or cut away any discolored areas. Halve the bulb lengthwise and trim the base of the core. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, cut the fennel bulb halves into paper-thin slices; you should have about 1 cup sliced fennel. Set aside.
In a small, dry fry pan over medium-low heat, toast the hazelnuts, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool. Rub the hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel to remove the skins and then coarsely chop.
Arrange the blood orange slices on a platter or individual plates. Top with the fennel slices and then with the chopped nuts. Generously drizzle each salad with hazelnut oil, sprinkle lightly with salt and garnish with small pieces of the fennel fronds. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers, by Amy Sherman (Oxmoor House, 2008).