I'm so ready for a winter reboot. Give me all the salads please. This watermelon radish, citrus fennel beauty turned my winter blues in to winter sunshine. (no shame in my cheesy game)
I found watermelon radishes when we were in Maine last month and had to bring some home since I've never seen them on Nantucket. I've tried to grow them in the past but did they didn't do well. They are mild in flavor and spiciness as far as radishes go but are so so beautiful, making this colorful salad was a welcome sight on grey winter's day. I added juicy carambola (star fruit) and sweet citrusy kumquats, sugar snap peas and avocado over a base of shaved fennel and radicchio. But can we just talk about the dressing for a moment... passion fruit is amazing in dressing. I already know this dressing will be put on repeat as long as I can find passion fruits in the market. (Note about passion fruit: they are ripe when they are very wrinkled.) It's tangy with a tropical vibe that uplifts those funky winter moods we are apt to get this time of year on an island nicknamed the "grey lady".
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