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The Perfect Valentine Salad

1 fennel bulb, trimmed of any tough outer layers

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons lemon oil (or good quality extra virgin)

  • kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper

  • 2 large blood oranges, peeled and segmented

  • handful of pomegranate seeds

  • a few "strings" of pickled onion (optional-- recipe is also on the blog)

  • 3 oz of hard salty cheese-- like Pecorino Toscano

Using a mandolin or extra-sharp knife, slice the fennel as thinly as possible. Put the fennel in a bowl and toss with lemon, orange zest,lemon oil, salt and pepper.

Divide the fennel onto your two most romantic plates. Pile a tangle of fennel onto each as high as possible-- then divide the orange sections, pomegranate and onion (if using).

Using a vegetable peeler, shave a few shards of cheese over each salad, and serve immediately.

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