Recipe by Elmotoo
Shamelessly swiped from the 'net ... a recipe by Ptolemy Mann. “This is one of my favourite salads, simple and clean, and very refreshing for the taste buds,” Mann says. It’s a perfect palate-cleanser after the terrine. The wonderfully tart, fresh dressing has a sweetness because of the honey and orange blossom. Mann refuses to use vinegar in her dressing, relying on lemon and lime – “It’s so much subtler.”
Top Review by Chef Kate
This is a little bit of a cheat, because I am rating the dressing as opposed to the complete salad. That being said, the dressing is a knockout. I followed it pretty much to the letter, adding the last bit of oil slowly and tasting. I did add some salt, but no other deviations. I put it in a jar and brought it to dinner with friends. The salad bowl had frisee, butter lettuce, tomato, cucumber, basil, mint. Sadly, there was no endive, no fennel. But the dressing was a HUGE success. Combined with the mint and the licorice of the basil, it was a perfect foil for the bitter frisee and the sweet greens. Superb, Elmotoo!! Thanks.
- 4 endives, a mixture of green and red
- 2 fennel bulbs
- 1 bunch mint leaf, picked from stems
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon runny pale honey
- 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
- salt and pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Slice an inch off the stem of the endives and the outer leaves will fall away. Peel away the others until just the cores are left. Slice the cores into quarters. Rinse the leaves, then pat them dry and place in a large bowl.
- Cut the fennel bulbs in half and slice into semicircular slivers, right up to and including the fluffy green part. Add to the endives, along with the mint leaves.
- For the dressing, pound the garlic using a pestle and mortar until it starts to break down. Slowly add the olive oil and stir with the pestle, then add the lemon and lime juice. The ratio of lemon to oil is a personal preference, so experiment. Next, add the honey and orange-blossom water, and season. Toss into the salad just before serving.