Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut
Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

It’s almost summer and thin is in! Thin vegetables, that is. A mandoline slicer can help turn a fennel bulb and common white mushrooms into a graceful salad or side dish. Pretty paper-thin watercress leaves add a bold peppery flavor. Their deep green color contrasts the pale fennel, mushroom, and cheese. Walnuts bring nutty, earthy flavors and a crunchy texture. Dressed with fruity olive oil and balsamic syrup, the final dish has a synergistic elegance beyond its everyday components.

THIN IS IN SALAD/SIDE DISH RECIPE

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

Using a mandoline, slice white mushrooms and fennel as thin as possible.

Using a vegetable peeler, slice Parmesan into thin ribbons.

Remove long stems from watercress.

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

On a serving platter, alternate layers of mushroom, fennel, watercress, and cheese.

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the salad.

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

The silky Aceto Balsamico di Modena Gran Riserva comes from my friends at Gourmet Attitude in NYC. This velvety, rich and creamy vinegar is aged 18 years. Years! Perfume-y, simultaneous sweet and sour, extraordinary really.

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

Drizzle salad with fruity olive oil and balsamic syrup.

Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper (we used rainbow peppercorns).

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

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Sensational Sides

Sensational Sides is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite side dishes. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Board with over 150,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair! And if this THIN IS IN SALAD got you in the mood for all things sensational, you might enjoy taking a peek at other no-cook recipes from some fabulous bloggers below…

Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut, Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup

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6 Responses to “THIN IS IN: Fennel, Mushroom, Watercress, Parmesan, Walnut”

  1. Norma says:

    I don’t see people using watercress. It’s has always been in our kitchen. Love the peppery flavor It adds to a salad. I cannot wait to make this salad.

  2. So delicious and healthy. I followed your lead and made a similar salad to take to a dinner tonight. But I forgot the walnuts!!

  3. What a fantastic way to use the mandoline!

  4. cheri says:

    This is stunning! Oh how I love salads like this. Pinned!

  5. Joan Nova says:

    Definitely my kind of salad and all ingredients (except the watercress) are staples in my kitchen.

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