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Sorta Salad

July 25, 2006

A few days ago I was watching Giada on the Food Network and saw her make a delicious-looking halibut salad. I thought, I can do halibut. I’ll just buy one little fillet from Whole Foods and cook it in a skillet and toss it with my scrumptious salad. Easy, right?

So the day came when I was going to make the salad…and I chickened out with the halibut! What’s up with that? I can eat meats in restaurants, I can do ham sandwiches, but cooking meat in my house…ew. I just remembered the last time I cooked a salmon fillet…one little salmon fillet…and I swear I could smell fish in the house for days. So, I adapted.

And the salad was delicious! I only changed a few things, so I think I can safely say that the original halibut salad would be wonderful as well. The dressing was so yummy, sweet and surprising with a cumin flavor. Note to self: make this dressing for everyday salads!

Fennel and Chickpea Salad

  • 1 bag pre-rinsed spring mix salad greens
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1 small fennel bulb, stalk removed, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs, boiled, peeled, and quartered
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

On each of four plates, layer the salad greens, tomatoes, chickpeas, fennel, and eggs. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, cumin, salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the salad.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from Giada.

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2 Discussion to this post
  1. Rita says:

    Crystal,

    This is a beautiful salad, it is making me hungry, even though I had my supper.I will make it sometimes this week because we have been promised a heatwave for the weekend. I will serve it with scallop Ceviche . White Vermouth will make bad fishy smells goe away. Rita

  2. bearette24 says:

    i feel the same way…that’s one of the reasons i became vegetarian. i couldn’t bear to cook meat in the house.

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