This salad is perfect for a spring detox, I don’t know about you but I always feel like cleansing come this time of year.
And not just the body, but everything- the cobwebs and dust bunnies nesting in all corners of the house. The more intensely tangled cobwebs of the mind are trickier to clean out.
This week I opted out of social media, yep, a whole week without crackbook, I wish that wasn’t such a grand accomplishment. It was necessary, the reset, the relenquishment of my attachment to distraction. Multitasking is the absolute best way to accomplish nothing. I always learn this the hard way, for some reason the drive to multitask is hard wired in my brain. Along with the rise of childhood ADD/ADHD there’s also been a significant increase in adult ADD. I blame the endless distractions, the little red notifications that release happy hormones in our brains, the glorification of busy, the emphasis on multitasking supposedly being the key to efficiency. But I also blame myself, because I know better, yet sometimes I still ignore that little voice.
Lesson of the week: just let it go and focus. Focus is the path to success, all those distractions, all the wayward worrisome thoughts, they’re useless.
A note on this recipe, it’s incredibly simple and fresh. The ginger gives a spicy warming feel to the fresh lingering taste of anise from the fennel. Fennel haters aka J actually greatly enjoyed this pairing. The burst of sweet citrus really goes a long way in bringing everything together. Don’t skip the red onion either, it really adds a necessary intensity.
- 1 large fennel bulb, remove fronds and set aside for garnish, slice finely using a mandolin
- 1 blood orange, cut into small segments
- ½ cucumber, finely sliced
- ½ a small red onion, finely sliced
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 inch piece of peeled ginger, grated
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Place fennel, oranges, cucumber and red onion in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl combine olive oil, vinegar, ginger and salt, pour over veggies and gently toss until covered.
- Serve immediately, makes 2 light meals or 4 sides