About This Recipe
- 2 bulbs of fennel
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp light soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) rice or cider vinegar
- 1 scallion bulb and a few inches of green, sliced thinly on the bias
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- 1 Tbsp (3 g) minced fennel fronds
Step 1Slice the fennel into thin sheets using a mandoline (always use the hand guard!) and put the slices in a bowl. Add the salt and toss the fennel slices well so they all get covered. Begin gently kneading and squeezing the fennel with your hand. The slices will get shiny and slick, and soon begin dripping water. When a clenched fist of fennel slices gushes freely, give them a few more squeezes and move them to a strainer. Rinse them well, squeezing a few more times under cold running water, until they no longer taste particularly salty.
Step 2Put the fennel in a salad spinner and dry it as much as possible, then move it to a clean bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the fennel, tossing well. Let this sit for half an hour if you can, then transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and fronds, and serve.
Substitutions: Any root or firm vegetable takes beautifully to this method, including slivered onions
Level Up: Garnish this with homemade shichimi togarashi
Zero Waste: Save the salty fennel water to use in sauerkraut or kimchi. Add the scallion greens, too!