Fennel is a seriously underrated vegetable. We’ve found ourselves reaching for it over and over again since we decided to go vegan because it’s such an easy way to deliver big and bold flavours with minimal fuss. Simply chop it as thinly as you can and throw it together in a salad for a crunchy and refreshing light meal.
Heat a small pan over a medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the mustard seeds and toast for 3–5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the seeds are lightly browned and they’ve started to pop. Set to one side.
Remove the top stalks from the fennel, then slice the bulb in half and chop any hard bits off the bottom. Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to finely slice the fennel and then place it in a large mixing bowl. Peel and thinly slice the red onion, then add to the mixing bowl along with the rocket.
Peel the oranges and cut them into segments over a small bowl to catch the juice, adding the segments to the mixing bowl as you go. We use the membrane of the orange as a guide for where to cut the segments.
To make the dressing, add the toasted mustard seeds,
Stir to combine, and serve. Job done.
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