Fennel, mint and pea salad

fennel salad

It is time for our secret recipe club reveal and for this month I was assigned Leigh’ s blog  Chit chat chomp.  Leigh lives in  Melbourne and she describes herself as being” in love with pots of tea, farmers markets, French jazz and fresh flowers.  Winters spent rugged up under blankets.It’s the little things in life that make me smile.”

I couldn’t agree with her more!The most beautiful things in life are indeed the simplest ones. Like going on a long awaited trip back home. Cutting lemons off the last few trees of your grandparents orchard , being enveloped by their enchanting smell, that transforms you back to your childhood in a heart beat. Now just looking at the pictures, makes you smile.



On her blog leigh shares beautiful French recipes,she has a cookbook challenge in which she chooses recipes from her collection of cookbooks and features them.I bookmarked her Orange soda bread with mixed seeds and her Golden shorties but her shaved fennel, ricotta and pea salad won the day. The kid (who are usually not too keen on salads) asked for seconds! The salad turned out to be light and refreshing. The peas and mint are a wonderful match but pairing them with the zesty lemon and the crunchy fennel really takes this salad to the next level!

Fennel ricotta pea salad

Shaved Fennel, Ricotta, and Pea Salad

 Where the Heart Is
Author/TV Chef: Karen Martini

2/3 cup fresh or frozen green peas
4 table spoons extra virgin olive oil
salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
1 large bulb fennel
5-6 sprigs mint, leaves picked and torn
Juice of one medium lemon
200g ricotta

Whisk the lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a small bowl, set aside

Place peas in lightly salted boiling water and blanch for 15-20 seconds. You only want to warm them through.

Drain the peas and set them aside

Cut the fennel in half,  slice bulb very finely.

Now you have two options:

You can place the fennel, peas, ricotta and mint in a large bowl and toss them with the dressing or you can arrange them in layers the way I did and drizzle them with the dressing when you are ready to serve them


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  1. What a fantastic salad…I will have to save this one for later! :)

  2. Beautiful presentation!

  3. That looks sensational, almost too pretty to eat.

  4. Wow! This looks excellent – and what a fresh combination of flavours! This will definitely be something I am going to put on my must-try list!

  5. beautiful photos and recipe- the salad really does look simply wonderful xx

  6. What a delightful and refreshing combination of flavors. This will be so great to have in the springtime with fresh from the garden English peas!

  7. Marmaduke Scarlet

     /  February 3, 2014

    Enchanting! Beautiful picture and a glorious salad!

  8. Both options should taste really good!!!

  9. what a beautiful salad

  10. What a winning combination for sure, I adore fennel any which way and peas and mint sound fantastic! Beautifully presented too.

  11. The salad presentation is so beautiful, can’t tear my eyes of it :)

  12. Beautifuland so delicious!

  13. When I was assigned to Leigh’s blog, I picked this same recipe. It’s awesome! Thanks for reminding me.

  14. What a fun and delicious endeavour, Sawsan. Fennel is such a lovely food. :-)

  15. You’ve certainly done wonders to this humble little salad as your presentation is just beautiful, and I love your photos. I plan to serve the salad like that from now on! So pleased everyone enjoyed it! :)

  16. What a lovely springy dish!

  17. Anonymous

     /  February 4, 2014

    I could see why you chose this simple yet wonderful recipe. It all goes well together. I like this kind of food.

  18. Oh my God Sawsan – that’s such a beautiful salad… outstandingly pretty, yet so simple. My father-in-law loves fennel, I’ll have to remember this and make it for the family!

  19. If you’re as tired of winter as I am this refreshing and light salad might be the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums. Enjoy!

  20. Reblogged this on MelissaMitchellYoga and commented:
    If you’re as tired as winter as I am this light and refreshing salad might be the antidote to the winter doldrums. Enjoy!

  21. What a wonderful and so elegant looking salad. I had Leigh she has a great blog. Hope you join us for Food N Flix for sure!

  22. Even though I’m unlikely to ever make this salad the presentation is beautiful.

  23. AgileWriter

     /  February 7, 2014

    Reblogged this on Food4YourMood and commented:
    Healthy Wealthy Food…

  24. I missed your recipes Sawsan!! It has been a long time since I couldn’t drop by and I came by with a new project. I’m so happy to see this fresh and beautifully done salad, I’ll definetely try tomorrow.

    Thanks for the inspiration

  25. That is an absolute work of art Sawsan! What an elegant salad! Perfect for a dinner party. I will have to check out Chit Chat Chomp also, sounds like a beautiful blog x

  26. Anonymous

     /  February 28, 2014

    Recette francais stp ton blog est formidable

  27. Nice and simple and fresh. I don’t use ricotta enough, I really should!

  28. Hi, Sawsan! Looks so beautiful!

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