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Herb Salad with Fennel and Celery

For a refreshing springtime salad with a lovely aroma and satisfying crunch, this combination of tender baby lettuces, fresh herbs, thinly sliced fennel and celery is dynamite.

The whole parsley and celery leaves give this salad a clean, bright taste, so don't skimp!

To amplify the very subtle licorice flavor of the fennel, our dressing uses both ground fennel seeds and a splash of Sambuca, but these are optional if a more forward licorice flavor isn’t your thing.

Prep time: 20 min | 4 Servings

Ingredients

DRESSING:

3 Tbsp

extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp

+ 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (preferably Meyer)

1 Tbsp

very finely minced shallot

½ tsp

Sea salt

½ tsp

ground fennel seeds

1 tsp

sambuca or Pernod (optional)

SALAD:

5 oz

Earthbound Farm Organic Herb Blend or Spring Mix (1 package)

1 cup

Earthbound Farm Organic Italian Parsley

1 cup

celery leaves

1

fennel bulb (halved lengthwise, core removed, sliced crosswise very thinly)

1 cup

very thinly sliced Earthbound Farm Organic Celery (about 2 stalks from a full bunch)

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

To make the dressing: Place the oil, lemon juice, shallot, salt, fennel and Sambuca (if using) in a small glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously to combine.

Place the salad greens in a large bowl and add the parsley and celery leaves. Add half of the dressing and toss to coat the greens. Add the fennel and celery slices, then top with several grinds of pepper. Drizzle with more of the dressing, then toss again. Divide among 4 salad plates and serve immediately.

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