Frisée with Blood Oranges and Fennel
Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy; Styling: Robyn Valarik
Yields Serves 8 Total Time 20 mins
The nice thing about frisée is that it can sit for a long time without wilting. If you can't find blood oranges, use regular oranges.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Combine oil, shallots, and a generous pinch of salt in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Quarter fennel bulb lengthwise and cut away the core. Slice quarters thinly crosswise with a mandoline or other manual vegetable slicer, or with a chef's knife.

Step 3
3

Segment oranges: Working with one at a time, cut a slice off the bottom and top to expose flesh. Stand orange on a cutting board. With a small, sharp knife, slice off peel and white pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut between membranes and fruit to release segments into a bowl. Repeat with remaining oranges.

Step 4
4

Remove core and any bitter-tasting dark green outer leaves and leaf tips from frisée. Tear pale yellow center leaves into bite-size pieces to get eight small handfuls.

Step 5
5

Combine frisée, fennel, and parsley in a serving bowl. Add orange segments to frisée, leaving juice behind. Add shallot oil, several grinds of pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt and toss gently. Season with more salt and a squeeze of lemon juice if you like. Serve immediately.

Step 6
6

Make ahead: Through step 4, up to 8 hours; cover shallot oil and leave at room temperature. Put fennel in a bowl, cover with a damp towel, and chill. Cover oranges and chill. Wrap frisée in a paper towel, put in a plastic bag, and chill.

Step 7
7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.

Ingredients

 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  About 1/2 tsp. kosher or fine sea salt
 1 large fennel bulb
 4 medium blood oranges
 2 small heads frisée, about 4 oz. each before trimming
 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  Freshly ground black pepper
 1/2 lemon, optional

Directions

Step 1
1

Combine oil, shallots, and a generous pinch of salt in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Quarter fennel bulb lengthwise and cut away the core. Slice quarters thinly crosswise with a mandoline or other manual vegetable slicer, or with a chef's knife.

Step 3
3

Segment oranges: Working with one at a time, cut a slice off the bottom and top to expose flesh. Stand orange on a cutting board. With a small, sharp knife, slice off peel and white pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut between membranes and fruit to release segments into a bowl. Repeat with remaining oranges.

Step 4
4

Remove core and any bitter-tasting dark green outer leaves and leaf tips from frisée. Tear pale yellow center leaves into bite-size pieces to get eight small handfuls.

Step 5
5

Combine frisée, fennel, and parsley in a serving bowl. Add orange segments to frisée, leaving juice behind. Add shallot oil, several grinds of pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt and toss gently. Season with more salt and a squeeze of lemon juice if you like. Serve immediately.

Step 6
6

Make ahead: Through step 4, up to 8 hours; cover shallot oil and leave at room temperature. Put fennel in a bowl, cover with a damp towel, and chill. Cover oranges and chill. Wrap frisée in a paper towel, put in a plastic bag, and chill.

Step 7
7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.

Frisée with Blood Oranges and Fennel