Roasted grape and fennel salad

Roasted grape and fennel salad

roasted grape fennel salad platter

Today’s recipe is a simple yet delicious roasted grape and fennel salad that I’ve been meaning to make for at least a year and since I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful fennel bulbs in shops lately, I’ve finally decided that now is the time. When I go through my recipe notes I realise that I have many recipes like that. Recipes that I enjoy and intend to share, but somewhere in between coming up with the concept and buying ingredients for the photoshoot I manage to talk myself out of the idea entirely… I decide that it’s not good enough. That’s something I do all the time. Duncan is always on me not to judge myself so harshly, but it’s so imprinted on my brain that it’s as automatic as breathing…

My therapist has helped me see that it is just a habit I developed in order to protect myself when I was a child and now that I am a fully grown adult (on paper at least), and I have 100% control over my own life, I need to work on getting rid of it. It makes me miserable and keeps me in the hold of depression and anxiety. I’m learning to recognise my own thoughts, challenge them and overhaul this toxic way of thinking, little by little. It’s a difficult and painful process but I take solace from countless neuroscientists who confirm that the human brain has a great degree of plasticity and that cultivating good habits (including thinking) guarantees positive change. That’s my personal project for the next year, year and a half (however long it takes). I know it is worth giving it everything I’ve got.

roasted grape fennel salad fennel

roasted grape fennel salad grapes

roasted grape fennel salad ingredients

roasted grape fennel salad close up

serves
4 as side
PREP
20 min
COOKING
20 min
serves
4 as side
PREPARATION
20 min
COOKING
20 min
INGREDIENTS
SALAD

  • a handful of walnuts
  • 250 g / 9 oz red grapes
  • 250 g / 9 oz fennel (1 large)
  • a handful of peppery greens: rocket / arugula, pea shoots, radish shoots
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped

DRESSING

  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or 1 tbsp walnut or cashew butter (for oil-free version)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white / shiro miso paste
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove or ½ small shallot, finely grated
METHOD
  1. Roast walnuts on a dry frying pan, tossing frequently so that they don’t burn. Alternatively, heat up the oven to 180° C / 350° F and spread the walnuts on a baking tray. Toast for about 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Be aware that this second method works better for a larger quantity (2-3 cups) of nuts. Allow them to cool and chop roughly.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 220° C / 425° F. Coat clean grapes in 1 tsp of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place on a small baking tray. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, until the grapes become soft and get juicy.
  3. Slice fennel on the smallest mandolin setting or slice it thinly by hand, using a sharp knife. Place sliced fennel in a bowl of ice-cold water with 2 tsp of lemon juice to prevent oxidisation. Set aside for 10-15 minutes, fennel will become crispier and nicer to eat.
  4. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. If using walnut / cashew butter instead of oil, add approximately 1 tbsp of water to thin the dressing out a little. Once the grapes come out of the oven, add the grape juice that gathers at the bottom of the baking tray into the dressing to balance it out with some natural sweetness.
  5. Drain sliced fennel well. Place it in a mixing bowl with your choice of greens and stir through half of the dressing.
  6. Transfer to a serving platter, dot with roasted grapes and crushed walnuts and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
238
12%
sugars
13 g
15%
fats
18 g
25%
saturates
2 g
10%
proteins
4 g
9%
carbs
20 g
8%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Mary:
Thank you so much for this recipe and for your vulnerability. ❤️ The flavors were complex and well balanced and I’m absolutely making it again! Your photos are absolutely GORGEOUS too.
Finding your blog and also your Instagram, as someone else who also struggles with perfectionism, harsh self judgement, and creative burn out, it’s been so comforting going through all of your posts and seeing your honesty about your struggles and knowing that someone else understands how I feel. Sending so much good energy and love your way, and I look forward to trying your other recipes.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thank you so much for your kind words and vulnerability, Mary! I'm happy to hear that my posts have offered you some solace (although I am sorry to hear that you face these issues too). It's nice to know that there are people out there who find my ramblings useful and that makes me feel less alone in my struggles too so thank you! I'm sending you lost of love!! x Ania
Angelika Kappel:
Made this for my grandma and we both love it! Thanks for the delicious recipes.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much Angelika! I'm really happy to hear that and really glad you enjoy my recipes. Warm greetings to you and your grandma! x Ania
Elske:
Lovely recipe! Never had grapes from the oven but I really liked it. I roasted the fennel for 5 minutes cause I needed something warm to eat during this rainy day, but it tasted good.
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed it, Elske! And thanks for taking the time to review the recipe. Ania
Dora Erian:
This recipe seems wonderful :o I think will be one of my lunch recipes for next week. Just a quick question: what could I replace miso with? Or would the dressing 's taste be really different without it?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, I hope you'll enjoy it. Yes, you can safely skip it - it ads a bit of a depth of flavour but it's very subtle and the salad will still taste great without it. Ania
Gianni Chilorio:
Grapes are my all time favorite. Adding grapes to the salad will make it taste more delicious. Thank you for listing it together and sharing it with us. Keep sharing more such recipes with us in the future.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you and my pleasure. Ania
Tamar:
Sounds so delicious! I love the idea of roasted grapes.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Tamar! I hope you'll enjoy this dish if you try. Ania
Lisa is Planted365:
This looks delicious, Ania! The photos are beautiful ... so colorful! Definitely going to try it!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much for your kind words, Lisa! I hope you'll enjoy it. Ania
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