This is a wonderful refreshing salad, typical of the South of Italy.  It goes very well after you eat any heavy food—pork, fish, whatever—to cleanse the palate and be ready for the next dish.  It is a constant in my twelve-course Christmas dinner, and it is always rated as one of the best dishes. It’s easy to make; I’ve never found someone who does not like it.

Michele Carbone fennel and orange salad

Our friend Ameilia prepared this beautiful presentation of fennels and oranges


  • 4 – 6 Naval oranges or better, “blood” oranges
  • 4 – 6 fennel bulbs, with the stalks attached –be sure the fennel looks good when you buy it, that is fresh, which means it  does not have brown spots.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste



How to Make this Recipe

  1. Peel the oranges, removing the pith.
  2. Slice into very thin rounds (it helps if you have a very good, sharp knife)
  3. Clean the fennel, preserving a few of the feathery fronds for decorative effect when serving
  4. Slice off the bottom of the bulb to remove the tough end, and you may want to peel off the outer layer of the bulb if the outer layer feels rubbery or wilted.
  5. As the the orange, slice the fennel bulb into very thin rounds.
  6. Now create a decorative series of layers, as our friend Amelia did with the photo shown above. She used a little bit of the lacy frond to plant a little “tree” in the center of the orange and fennel slices.
  7. Drizzle with high quality extra-virgin olive oil. If you prepare this in advance, you can drizzle with the olive oil and then cover with plastic wrap. Don’t add the salt and pepper until immediately before you serve the salad.
  8. Buon appetito!

Italiano: Finocchio e Arance

Questa meravigliosa insalata rinfrescante, è tipica del Sud Italia. Va molto bene dopo aver mangiato qualsiasi cibo pesante – maiale, pesce, qualunque cosa – per pulire il palato ed essere pronto per il piatto successivo. È una costante nella mia cena di Natale di dodici portate ed è sempre considerato uno dei migliori piatti. È facile da realizzare; Non ho mai trovato qualcuno a cui non piaccia

  • 4 – 6 arance senza semi, meglio rosse
  • 4 – 6 finocchi
  • Olio d’oliva
  • Pepe nero e sale


  1. Tagliare finocchi e arance come da fotografia, aggiungere un po’, non troppo olio, sale e pepe nero.
  2. Buon appetito!