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Fennel salad with citrus fruits – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Fennel salad with citrus fruits

This fennel salad it is not the usual salad, but a cure-all for your health and a pleasure for the eyes with all the flavor and color of winter. A detox recipe to mark and share!

Who said salad has to be sad? Even if side dishes are often underestimated, they are actually precious allies for our diet, especially those based on vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial properties.

In this super colorful winter salad, the fennelwith its digestive and diuretic properties, combines harmoniously with citrus fruits – orange, grapefruit rose And lime – and to the grains of pomegranate, all rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. These ingredients work together to strengthen the immune system, improve heart health, and aid digestion.

To complete the picture, the Sichuan pepper, originally from China, in particular from the Sichuan region, from which it takes its name. It’s not a real pepper in the botanical sense of the word, but it has a spicy, slightly balsamic note that leaves a numb sensation in the mouth, just like “real” pepper.

Its characteristic citrus aroma adds not only an exotic touch to this salad, but also contributes with its antioxidants in the fight against free radicals, adding taste and health to this vegetarian recipe already so rich in benefits.

And if you want to turn it into a main dish, try mine salad of red lentils, wild salmon and fennel!

Lucky charm salad recipe – Recipes on the fly – Gordon Ramsay’s version

salad-lucky charm

salad-lucky charm

The lucky charm salad recipealso called good luck salad or good luck salad, is a purely winter side dish, fresh and refined based on vegetables, dried fruit and fresh fruit. A mix of original and tasty flavours that will make your holiday dinners a success.

As we said, the lucky salad It is generally prepared during the Christmas holidays and especially on New Year’s Eve, to wish good luck and a prosperous year.

As with lentils and cotechino which have always been considered to bring good luck and money, lucky salad is also part of those traditional dishes.

The fruit symbol of good luck it is precisely the pomegranate which cannot be missing from the salad.

The other ingredients present are fennel, walnuts, blueberries, apple and tender lettuce. Everything is seasoned with good extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar or, if you prefer, lemon and salt.

You can enrich it with the ingredients you like most, for example olives, or other dried fruit or diced cheese.

Let’s see the recipe now.

salad-lucky charm
salad-lucky charm

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The recipe for asparagus and cashew salad – Gordon Ramsay’s version

The recipe for asparagus and cashew salad

The food

«Dried fruit is a popular tradition in our eating habits. During the celebrations of the patron saint in every village we find stalls selling peanuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and so on. And at Christmas there is no lunch or dinner without an expanse of walnut kernels on the table”, says Cristian Torsiello, a forty-year-old chef from Valva, a village perched on the hills in the province of Salerno.

In his elegant restaurant in Paestum and from the height of his Michelin stars (including the green one for sustainability) he uses dried fruit in haute savory cuisine. «In addition to the consistency and flavor – she states – it gives that non-animal fat support but vegetal that blends the ingredients well, which cleans the palate.”

An example is the salad recipe (below) with cashew nuts. Another is the use of pine nuts with the fillet and rue oil: «A sweet flavor, never intrusive, which goes well with the flavor of the rue».

The varieties

Obviously the chef suggests study well each variety to make the best use of them. «As in the case – he explains – of hazelnuts, equally good from Giffoni and Alba. The latter more famous ones are fatter, ideal for hazelnut paste. Those from Giffoni (in Campania) are more austere, drier, they give a longer flavor when chewed, they are perfect for making nougat.”

There dried fruit However, it did not need to be cleared of haute cuisine, especially since it is now defined by nutritionists as “smart food”, i.e. a healthy and balanced ingredient, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and proteins. With the arrival of autumn, even supermarket counters are full of nuts or already packaged fruit, from chestnuts (dried or smoked) and then other varieties in view of Halloween, the Festival of the Dead in Sicily and finally Christmas.

Italy is heavily dependent on foreign countries because our production is not enough but it is growing: new hazelnut groves have been planted in Lazio (Viterbo is the first province with 26% of production), Piedmont, Campania and Calabria. New almond orchards have sprung up in Sicily, Basilicata and Umbria, while in Maccarese, in Lazio, there is the largest in Europe (130 hectares), which just a few months ago began marketing 200 gram and 1 kg packs.


After all, already ancient Romans they were crazy about almonds, considered a symbol of fertility. Indispensable in desserts, they are also used to produce oil and flavor foods and drinks. As for pistachios, 99.7% of Italian pistachios grow between Bronte sull’Etna and Raffadali (Agrigento). The production of chestnuts (Italy is the 6th largest producer in the world) is widespread in areas ranging from south to north, as is that of walnuts.

Among the new features is the return to Ispica – in south-eastern Sicily – of the cultivation of sesame, which had disappeared for about fifty years. Thanks to the young Gambuzza brothers and other young people it has now also obtained recognition as a Slow Food presidium. Finally, there are even those who focus on peanuts made in Italy. Seven thousand years after the first cultivations in South America, a few months ago in the province of Ferrara there was the first harvest of peanuts, smaller and darker than the imported varieties, but with a more intense flavour.

The recipe for asparagus and cashew salad by Cristian Torsiello, 1 Michelin star, Osteria Arbustico – Paestum

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