Outside my Back Door
Spring is here! It officially arrived this past week. So far, though, it seems to be keeping a low profile. Just going out the back door to my small garden I still put on my boots, rather than sandals, and pull on my coat.
Outside, after gathering a few leafy greens, I look up for a patch of blue among the clouds. I pull my coat around myself as I search without success and yet I find evidence that spring is irrepressible. Despite the clouds and the discouraging wind and chill flowers are bursting onto the branches outside my garden gate and daffodils are displaying their splendid blooms in time for Easter.
The Flavor of Spring
This salad is perfect for the season. Without quite letting go of the tastes and textures of months past, it pushes them forward into a dish that is dressed for a garden party or Easter lunch. It harbors the cool crunch of winter in fennel’s celery-like texture, but embellishes it with playful notes of licorice and a fresh soft touch of spring green in its gentle fronds.
A few Cuties add color. They bring the flavor of winter sunbursts forward in their tender sections and bright citrus flavor without the bitterness of larger, pithier oranges. I slice them in half cross-wise to release a little juice into the salad.
Dried cranberries also remind me of winter holidays and what spring leaves firmly in its wake while adding deep highlights of color and tangy flavor to an emerging spring palette.
Just drizzle these few
ingredients with the elements of a simple dressing and toss. The flavor of spring is here!
1 large bulb of fennel