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Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad

When citrus fruits are in season, it is hard to resist taking several of them home with their vibrant colours and sweet, tangy flavours. Now you bring an array of oranges into your kitchen to make this citrus, fennel and avocado salad recipe. Although there are oranges available throughout the summer, like Valencia, Hamlin, or Naval oranges, most orange varieties and citrus fruits are in-season during the winter and spring months. Heidi, the blog author of ‘Foodiecrush’, uses a combination of cara cara, mandarin, blood oranges, and other varieties to create her citrus and fennel salad recipe, and indeed, it is best to purchase citrus of varying colours and sizes for the prettiest salad recipe possible. Whichever fruits you choose, this citrus and avocado salad recipe is sure to be a hit.

If you are in the mood for eating healthy, this citrus salad recipe is an excellent dish to have for a fast and simple, yet refreshing and delicious treat. The nutritional value on an orange is 230 % of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, meaning that oranges contain very high amounts of this important antioxidant. The one downfall of oranges is that they are often very high in sugars, but the importance of vitamin C in human diets easily trumps this fact. Vitamin C aids in healing and maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and of course, it assists your body to fight off illnesses and infections. No matter the amount of sugar a fruit has in it, a key to feeling energetic through the day is to maintain an even blood sugar and combine higher glycemic index foods with lower ones. If you are eating several kinds of nutritious foods throughout the day, this orange salad recipe will be a beneficial part of your diet, due to oranges’ high vitamin C content. Implementing new healthy food habits have never been as easy as adding this rainbow orange and fennel salad recipe to your weekly meal plan.

Fresh salad recipes benefit so much from the addition of fresh herbs because they add earthy taste and bright green colour. The variations of orange and red colours stand out even more when compared to mint leaves and fennel fronds, but these garnishes also give interesting flavour. Although fennel fronds are not technically a herb they are often used in a similar way, due to their liquorice taste, which is so complimentary to citrus fruits. Mint has a slightly more astringent taste and a cooling quality that balances out the sweetness of the fruits in this citrus fennel and avocado recipe.

When purchasing avocados for this salad recipe, you want to make sure that they are soft but not so squishy that you can’t get clean slices. Usually, the grocery store sells avocados rock hard, but one way to soften an avocado in a hurry is to place a foil-wrapped avocado in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven for ten minutes until it is soft to the touch. Thank you to Heidi, the author of ‘Foodiecrush’ recipe blog, for showing us her beautiful citrus fennel and avocado recipe.

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