Annie’s Carrot & Fennel Salad w/ Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette

I promised myself that, I would not, definitely NOT ………. lose my brains again! …………
………….. at the market. Despite my good intentions……… I did. I went crazy……. again. But you know what? I bet if you had been there, you would have done exactly the same thing! ………

I’m visiting my daughter in London and there’s an amazing street market just blocks from her house. The vendors come early every day, except Sunday, and set up their booths right along the side of a busy local street. – It goes on for blocks!  At the North End Market, you’ll find it’s mostly fresh fruits and veggies, although on Saturdays, there’s even more; olives and olive oils, fresh eggs, fish, cheese and on and on it goes. The produce is beautiful and unbelievably reasonable! They pile their goods into bowls, nice sized bowls, and sell them each for one pound (approximately $1.50) or less. It’s really, really hard not to loose your brains ……… check out the pictures, you’ll see what I mean:

My little Lilly was all ready for a trip to the market!

 Okay, okay, Lilly agrees that I did loose my brains a bit ………….

 ………….. but she did too!

My trip to the market was perfect timing as, my sister, Annie had recently sent me a recipe for a fresh carrot salad (check out those gorgeous carrots in the photos!). I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold when I first read the ingredients – it seemed just too simple. But I should have known better, as Annie is a fantastic cook and her recipes are always amazing. This salad is no exception. I added fresh fennel along with the carrots because …….. well,  fennel was one of those delicious delights I just couldn’t resist at the market. …… Don’t be fooled by simpleness of this yummy salad, it’s fresh, bright and amazingly delicious! In Annie’s words, “This carrot salad is a wonderful accompaniment to any sandwich, buffet line or just on it’s own. I love using the different options below to change it up a bit. It’s a very light tasting salad…..the sunflower oil makes it so.”

P.S. I ate this for dinner last night with a pan-seared salmon fillet – it was a fabulous light dinner, so delicious and fresh that ……… I had room for a Snicker-doodle Cookie!

Annie’s Carrot & Fennel Salad w/ Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients for the salad:
2 cups julienne-cut carrots (or 4 cups, if making the salad with only carrots)
2 cups julienne-cut fennel , you can substitute julienned jicama or apple
1 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley or cilantro, I used cilantro and it was bright, fresh and delicious
Ingredients for the dressing:
juice of 1 lemon
5 tablespoons sunflower oil
½ teaspoon sea salt (I love Maldon)
freshly ground black pepper
Optional ingredients:
½ cup raisins, currants or diced fresh pinapple, I used currants, loved the sweet touch it gave to each bite.

1. Combine vegetables and herbs – drizzle with enough dressing to coat all ingredients. Add optional ingredients, if desired. Divide among 4 salad plates, serve and enjoy!


18 thoughts on “Annie’s Carrot & Fennel Salad w/ Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette”

  • I’m like you Chris. Sometimes it’s just too hard to resist all the beautiful produce that you just have to indulge. Your salad looks so vibrant an appetizing. They say you eat first with your eyes and this is a looker. So pretty and nice with the addition of fennel.

    Sounds like you’re having a great time.

  • i love going to the market to see all those fresh produces..even here, it makes me happy. For sure, i’ll be shopping like you if i’m there..looks like that pram is very useful to you!!

  • I’m pretty sure I would have lost it there too. A whole bowl for $1.50?!? I think you’d be crazy to walk away from a bargain like that.

    What a simple but scrumptious looking salad. I’m definitely stashing this one away for the warmer weather.

  • Love it when you go adventuring- its so fun to tag along. 🙂 The market sounds (and looks) amazing. I wish we had something similar around here. The salad recipe is going on my ‘to try soon’ list. YUM

  • Chris, you came in the nick of time. I got an abundance of carrots from my CSA box and I wasn’t sure what to do with them. This recipe is PERFECT!!! I can see why you wnet nuts at the market, as you know I can go a little crazy at my Farmers Market. Why cant they have markets like the one in London here? Glad you having fun. The picture with Lilly in the stroller with all the bags of treats is funy. She had that, oh no she lost it again look! Or maybe she was afraid she would tip over from all the bags hanging on it. lol

  • It’s so hard not to loose our head when there is so much beautiful products! I totally undertand what you’ve been trought… Here, in Montreal, whe have a huge market, Le marché Jean-Talon, and it’s so loaded with fresh products that EVERYTIME i go these, I come back with WAY TOO MUCH stuff! I love these simplicity of this salad. With fresh and beautiful carrots and fennel, it’s a hit, I’m sure!

  • You always post the most unusual, pretty, fresh looking, and delicious looking salads! All that food looks so beautiful and fresh, I never would have thought that of London!!!

  • Love all the bright and beautiful colours of all your pictures! It’s wet and gloomy now at Melbourne, Australia and reading your post with this cheerful salad does brighten up my day.

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