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Fennel and Mandarin Salad Print E-mail

With all the heavy food that is traditional on Thanksgiving we thought we would make a light, refreshing salad that would set your tastebuds up for the main event.

Fennel is a crisp vegetable that has a slight licorice taste. The seeds of this plant are used to flavor Italian sausage and we're using them in the stuffed mushrooms that appear in this episode.

{Makes 6-8 servings}

You'll need:

  • 2-3 mandarin or regular oranges - peeled and sliced in rounds
  • 1 fennel bulb - washed and sliced in rounds
  • 1 red onion - sliced in rounds
  • 1 head of Boston lettuce
  • 3-4 leaves of red leaf lettuce
  • 4 -5 sprigs of flat Italian parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A little adult help


  • Measuring spoons
  • A large serving plate
  • Salad spinner or paper towels
    1. Wash and dry the lettuce in a spinner or by laying it out on paper towels. Tear it into bite-sized pieces and arrange it on the plate.
    2. Arrange the slices of orange, onion and fennel on the lettuce.
    3. Garnish with sprigs of parsely
    4. Sprinkle a tiny bit of salt and a little pepper on top.
    5. Drizzle the olive oil around the whole salad and serve.

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