And it turns out fennel is quite good for you. Feeling bewitched with this element of the salad, I did a little reading up on the stuff. Fennel is chock full of unique phytonutrients with antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. Not only that, it boasts high levels of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. If you haven't been one for fresh fennel in the past, I encourage you to give it a go. You might feel pretty cool buying it, too.
4 slices crusty bread
5 oz. rocket (arugula) leaves
1 fennel bulb, sliced
2 pears, sliced
blue cheese, cut into 4 wedges
sherry vinegar, to serve
extra virgin olive oil, to serve
sea salt and cracked black pepper
Grill or toast the bread until crisp. Arrange on plates with the rocket, fennel, pears, and blue cheese. To serve, drizzle over a little oil and vinegar, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings.
Adapted from Donna Hay.