Blood Orange & Fennel Salad

by Kiran on March 22, 2013 · 94 comments

in Appetizer, Salads, Sides

Happy Spring!!!

It doesn’t at all feel like spring over here in Orlando. Not quite yet. It’s pretty chilly late in the evening and everything looks so autumn-y.  Guess winter is not willing to say goodbye just yet.

Not what I put on my plate though. We are welcoming Spring with open arms through our eyes and bellies, and we encourage you to do the same 😉


Today, I want to discuss about my obsessive grocery shopping habits. We love shopping at many places from the Oriental Market, Whole Foods, BJ’s, Publix to Indian grocery stores. Not to forget the local farmers market, which by the way is so sparse.

That’s a whole lot of venue!

We don’t hit it all at the same time. And I don’t think we’ll ever be able to shop at only one place for groceries. Ever.

My pantry staples, meat and dairy are from BJs. Whole Foods is for occasional bulk bin items, ie. rolled oats, micro greens, nut butters etc.

Publix is just around the corner, so that’s reserved for organic yogurt, eggs & butter emergencies 😉


You’d think the list ends there, right?

Wrong? We drove more than 2 hours one way last weekend to visit the nearest Trader Joes to us. Adventurous? I love to think so 😀

We love love love TJ’s and have been hooked ever since we traveled all over the place, namely Los Angeles. We made sure we stayed at hotels that at least have a small stove for us to occasionally gobble on comfy and heart meals.

Survival 101, huh?


Speaking about groceries, check out the colors in this salad — it’s a feast for eyes and taste-buds! There’s a nice crunch and freshness from fennel, dukkah and mint too. So easy and refreshing for Spring and Summer.

If only the weather cooperates. Duh!

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  • 4 small blood oranges, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp roasted walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp dukkah spice*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt & black pepper
  • a few fresh mint leaves


  1. In a huge salad platter, arrange sliced blood oranges and fennel. Sprinkle with dukkah, salt and black pepper. Drizzle some lemon juice and roasted walnut oil. Finish it off with a few fresh mint leaves!

*An Egyptian-Middle Eastern spice mix consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, usually hazelnut, and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables, and eaten as an hors d’œuvre. Pre-made versions of dukkah can be bought in the spice markets — via Wikipedia.



Here’s hoping that the snow melts down as soon as possible up North. And praying for Trader Joes to open in Orlando. Priorities much?

Seriously. It’s high time they do that 😉

Where do you usually shop for groceries? Pretty sure I’m not the only one with a long list…


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1 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

No spring here yet either…. But I’m hopeful that it’s just around the corner :) Your salad is gorgeous! Love blood oranges!
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2 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Anna — I’m hoping winter snow dies soon. Really 😀


3 Rosa March 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

A splendid salad! So fresh and delightfully tasty. Great clicks!




4 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Rosa — thank you my friend :)


5 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) March 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I am right there with you girl. I shop at Whole Foods for veg, meat, chicken, some fish and specific pantry items. Trader Joe’s for the stuff you can only get at TJ! Costco for bulk organic fruit + vegetables, avocados, some natural house products. PCC (natural markets coop store) for local veg, some meat and great wine deals. Then Target for house stuff (toilet paper, etc.) and sometimes QFC and Fred Meyer when certain products are on sale. Insane!!!!
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6 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Alyssa — that’s a loooong list, girl! :)


7 Kankana March 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I love the color of blood orange and truly the salad is a welcome to Spring. Out here Spring has appeared in full form but some how I am still eating wintery food :)
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8 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Kankana — I’m so jealous it’s Spring-y at your end! Send some of that weather my way 😀


9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Blood oranges are such beauties! Lovely salad for Spring.
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10 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Laura — thank you my friend :)


11 Nisha March 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

your photos………… so ‘pinterestable’! :)
my hubby takes me to only costco and indian store for grocery. just once in two weeks. that too if he is in good mood. *sigh*
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12 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Nisha — thank you my friend. And if you know driving, you’d go for more grocery shopping yourself 😉


13 dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

i love the colors in this salad- it screams spring. Dallas is slowly getting springy weather. I hear you about grocery stores, I hit different ones too. I have been meaning to go to TJs which is 1 hour away from me :( too
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14 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Dixya — go to TJs. Now! 😀


15 Honey What's Cooking March 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

this looks lovely. love TJs too, infact I’m going there tonight after work, luckily I work in NYC so it’s easy, but then I gotta carry groceries home, not fun. yeah there is no sign of spring here either.. it’s freakin cold today.. wore all my layers. I don’t stick to 1 grocery store either, I do TJ’s every week or every other. Whole Foods once a month usually. Costco once in 2 or 3 months. Desi store once a month. :-)
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16 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Honey — you totally gave me a glimpse into your life! I can’t imagine carrying groceries home. It must be a task, especially during erratic weather these days.


17 Monet March 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

We’re still waiting on Spring…it’s going to be a high of 32 degrees tomorrow. Yuck! But there is nothing like a bright and vibrant dish to warm us all up! This looks beautiful, my friend. Thank you for sharing!
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18 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Monet — a bright dish is all we have now, until the weather cooperates 😉 thanks my friend!


19 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Such a gorgeous salad! I love your simple ingredients that combine to make for a very flavorful salad, I’m sure. Great recipe, Kiran!


20 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Georgia — thank you my friend :)


21 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I love a good fennel and orange salad, but I’ve never tried dukkah spice! Looks pretty tasty :)
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22 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Brandon — It adds a great texture and there’s fennel seeds in dukkah spice. You can get it from TJ’s :)


23 Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet March 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

What stunning photos. You captured one of my favorite parts of Spring, when the beautiful produce begins to reappear and you need do so little with it for a truly spectacular feast. Thanks for sharing!
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24 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

SUAC — spoken like a true champ! And thanks for reading my friend :)


25 Gemma @andgeesaid March 23, 2013 at 4:00 AM

What a stunning dish, such beautiful colour! (: xx
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26 Kiran March 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Gemma — thank you so much!


27 Mallika March 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Unable to take my eyes off your clicks Kiran. Every click here is as stunning as can be. Simple, yet a lovely salad.
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28 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Mallika — awww, thanks a lot my dear :) Your comment definitely made my day!!


29 Karen (Back Road Journal) March 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I make an orange, fennel and red onion salad but yours is special. Using blood oranges and your dukkah spice sounds terrific.
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30 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Karen — I don’t like raw red onions, but I can see how I’d enjoy your version of this salad. Thank you! :)


31 Ameena March 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Love this combination of fennel and grapefruit. Looks delicious!

I wouldn’t know what to do without Trader Joe’s! Hope one comes to you ASAP.
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32 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Ameena — It’s fennel with blood oranges, but grapefruit would work too I guess 😉

ps: Enjoy NYC! I love it there, plenty of good vibes and eats :)


33 ashley - baker by nature March 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Gah! This has gorgeous written ALL over it, lady!
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34 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Ashley — thank you and I love your comment, lady 😉


35 sweet-lab March 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I love the vibrant colors of the salad! Delicious!
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36 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

SweetLab — thank you so much :)


37 CCU March 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Love the flavour combo my friend and beautiful presentation 😀

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38 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

CCU — thank you so much my dear! Hope you are excelling in your finals :)


39 M&K March 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

This salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K


40 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 1:58 AM

M&K — thank you for the compliment :)


41 foodwanderings March 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Ooh brilliant flavor combination that licorice fennel taste with citrus and Egyptian spice mix. Lovely, vibrant, winter salad.
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42 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Shulie — thank you so much my dear :)


43 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I could spend all day in a grocery store or at a farmer’s market and it would be a great day for me I love it!
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44 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Sylvie — I ditto your sentiments :)


45 Carolyn Chan March 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

I do wish there was just one supermarket destination here too ! It seems a lot less complicated here in Singapore where the options are simply more limited, but even so, one supermarket has the freshest greens, wet markets have the best fish, and the local supermarket for all my staples.
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46 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Carolyn — it can be a pain to go all over the place for groceries :)


47 Cass @foodmyfriend March 24, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Absolutely stunning Kiran :) Such beautiful blood oranges!
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48 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Cass — thank you so much!!


49 Mia Malene March 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I’m a huge fan of citrus salads so I have got to try this. Never thought about adding fennel to citrus fruit but it sounds great!!
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50 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Mia — Fennel is so anisey and floral. Works well with citruses. Try it and let me know how it tastes :)


51 john@kitchenriffs March 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I love Publix! We used to live in Florida, and it’s a great supermarket. Obviously not the only place one wants to shop, but for everyday stuff it’s great. I miss their Key Lime Pie and their house brand ice creams. Anyway, this salad looks wonderful. We’ve been eating a ton of fennel this year, but haven’t yet made a salad with oranges. I will! Yours looks wonderful. Thanks.
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52 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

John — Thank you so much and I hope you’d enjoy this salad. And now, I’m craving a key lime pie!


53 Monica March 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

This salad looks beautiful. There’s no sign of Spring from my corner either, as we anticipate 5-6 inches of snow tomorrow! At least we can create Spring in our kitchen. : )
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54 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Monica — ditto about creating spring in kitchen. It’s sucks that snow doesn’t seem to let go of it’s grip!!


55 Jen @ Savory Simple March 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

It doesn’t feel like spring here, either. In fact it’s supposed to snow tomorrow! Sigh. Gorgeous salad.
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56 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Jen — I hope you are keeping yourself warm :)


57 Raymund March 25, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Thats a very nice looking salad, well plated.
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58 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Raymund — thank you so much my friend :)


59 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 25, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Hehe I’d love to know what everyone’s grocery habits are like! We will drive for good produce and interesting products :)


60 Kiran March 27, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Lorraine — So glad we aren’t alone, scooting off a few hours just to get quality produce :)


61 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

A gorgeous salad. The colour of blood orange just breathtakingly beautiful and irresistible.
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62 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Angie — thank you so much my dear :)


63 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition March 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

This is so pretty! I love blood oranges.
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64 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Sunnie — thank you!


65 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

What a pretty salad! I’ve never had a blood orange – I must try them!


66 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Dorothy — Thank you and do try blood oranges. It has fantastic flavor and color, of course 😉


67 Lail | With A Spin March 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Pretty and refreshing salad.
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68 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Lail — thank you!


69 The Squishy Monster March 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

How perfect for Spring!


70 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

TSM — thank you!


71 Julia | March 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I see so many blood orange recipes lately on the blogs! Your salad is gorgeous!
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72 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Julia — thank you! Blood oranges are in season. But not for too long, so grab at it while it lasts :)


73 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 26, 2013 at 2:38 AM

I’d travel that far for Costco or Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods except we don’t have anything within driving distance. Maybe Costco in the next 18 months in Brisbane, only an hour.

Love this salad!
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74 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Maureen — grocery shopping can be a little overwhelming sometimes.


75 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 27, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Such a simple beauty. When the ingredients are fresh and minimal like this, we enjoy the element of ingredients. That’s how I like to eat a lot of food. This is simply gorgeous Kiran. I think I repinned yesterday but going to pin again. I’m in love with the photos…
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76 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Nami — oh, thanks a lot for pinning my dear. You are a sweetheart :)


77 Asmita March 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

What a gorgeous salad! Love the colors.
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78 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Asmita — thank you!


79 mycookinghut March 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Beautiful salad! Spring hasn’t sprung in London. We still have winter weather unfortunately! :(
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80 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Leemei — Here too. Can you believe FL is so chilly right now?! We’ve had it, bring on Spring!!


81 Daytona @ Outside Oslo March 28, 2013 at 3:51 AM

The flavors in that salad sound so refreshing and like just the thing for a warm spring day. I’ve been thinking about fresh spring/summer salads lately too, and will be experimenting with making them with Scandinavian ingredients including smoked salmon and lingonberries soon!


82 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Daytona — thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. We love smoked salmon and lingonberries. We don’t get fresh lingonberries, but have been enjoy the preserves from Ikea :)


83 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 28, 2013 at 6:18 AM

This is simply amazing. Simplicity, freshness and taste!
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84 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Daniela — thank you so much :)


85 Your Cookery Book March 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Love these blood orange beauties. Salad looks so beautiful and colourful.
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86 Kiran March 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

YCB — thank you so much my friend :)


87 Sarah W. Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) April 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Kiran, I saw your photo on the DailyBuzz email and had to click through. This salad is simply stunning! So beautiful!
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88 Kiran April 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Sarah — thanks a lot, my dear friend!! I can’t wait to meet you again at FBF this year :)


89 EA-The Spicy RD April 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Gorgeous salad!!! Now I just need to hunt down some dukkah….My shopping habits sound similar to yours, and lucky for me, there is a Trader Joes about 10 minutes away from my house:-). Can’t wait to make this!
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90 Kiran April 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

EA — thank you my dear. And yes, you’d find dukkah at TJ’s. So lucky that it’s just 10 minutes drive from your home 😉


91 Kulwant singh April 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Looks really bloody orange , though i have never seen a one :) Nice pictures
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92 Kiran April 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Kulwant — thank you and yes, blood oranges are a rare out of the States :)


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