With summer upon us we need to keep our food intake as fresh as possible and this a fennel salad is healthy addition. The health benefits of fennel include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, and its benefits regarding eye care. Fennel, which has the scientific name Foeniculum Vulgare Miller, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in various culinary applications.
- 1 lemon, very thinly sliced
- 2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 baby fennel, thinly sliced on a mandolin
- 100g baby rocket leaves
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Place the lemon in the base of baking dish. Stir vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat until dissolved. Simmer, without stirring, for 1-2 minutes to thicken slightly. Pour the syrup over the lemon. Stand for 2 hours.
Combine the fennel and rocket in a bowl. Drain the lemon, reserving 2 tbs of liquid. Rinse briefly. Whisk the reserved liquid and oil. Season with pepper.
Add the lemon to the fennel mixture. Drizzle with the dressing. Toss gently to combine.