Blood Orange and Fennel Salad with Bacon Bits and Macadamia

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Refreshingly crunchy Romaine lettuce leaves, sweet tangy blood oranges, and fennel bulb with its unique mildly licorice-like flavour are topped with honey roasted macadamia nuts and crispy bacon bits, then dressed with black cumin oil and lemon juice.

  • 4 Blood oranges
  • 1 Fennel bulb, fronds reserved, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 50 g Bacon, finely diced
  • 2 Baby romaine salad, separated
  • 150 g Honey roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbsp Black cumin oil
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and cut blood oranges into rounds or wedges. Set aside.
  2. Strip the fronds from the stalks and finely slice the fennel bulb lengthways. Reserve the fronds for the garnish.
  3. In a heavy large non-stick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and cool slightly.
  4. Separate the romaine salad leaves and arrange them in a serving platter. Scatter the fennel slices and top with blood orange, bacon bits and macadamia nuts.
  5. Drizzle over the black cumin oil and lemon juice, then season. Garnish with the reserved fronds and serve. | © 2018 | | © 2018 |


Nammi 1/2/18 06:03

is it blood orange season these days as I keep seeing blood orange photoes on instagram a lot. Salad looks so refreshing

Rafeeda AR 1/2/18 06:55

So pretty the salad looks! Blood orange gives a beautiful hue to the salad...

Nancy Chan 1/2/18 11:22

Blood orange is new to me! The salad looks so refreshing and delicious!

Liz Berg 1/2/18 13:32

What a gorgeous salad---especially using blood oranges! The hubby will not eat fennel, but I'd be happy not to share!!!

No Spoon Necessary 1/2/18 13:51

You always make the prettiest, most colorful salad, Angie, and this one is no exception!! I happen to absolutely LOVE blood orange with fennel, so I feel like you made this stellar salad just for me!! ;) Can't wait to try this! Cheers, friend!

Tricia Buice 1/2/18 14:44

Honey roasted nuts and those gorgeous supremes! Absolutely beautiful and no doubt delicious - doesn't bacon make everything great?!

Jean | 1/2/18 15:55

Angie, that is gorgeous! And I think I haven't had any fennel since last winter. I'm overdue and this is just the way to have it!

Adina 1/2/18 17:49

What a great combination. I absolutely love blood oranges, but I can rarely manage to buy some that are actually red. Usually they are orange tinged with red... Black cumin oil sounds interesting, I have never had it, where did you get it?

nadia 1/2/18 17:53

Such a stunning salad packed with flavour! Love the addition of the honey roasted macadamia nuts :D

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 1/2/18 18:08

A wonderful winter salad! This sounds so full of flavor and very refreshing, Angie. Beautiful too :)

Pam 1/2/18 20:00

Very nice, Angie! It looks like a really delicious salad!

Monica 1/2/18 21:17

I haven't been craving salads as much lately due to the cold weather but what I think I need is some exciting ideas and recipes. This one looks spot on, very bright and inviting!

Agness of Run Agness Run 2/2/18 11:02

Yum! I love nutrient-dense salads and your recipe is simply awesome, Angie! Excellent salad for the cold winter days!

Evi 2/2/18 13:12

Simple and beautiful, exactly how I like my salads :)

All That I'm Eating 2/2/18 13:16

Orange and fennel together is one of my favourite combinations so I know I'd love this.

Katie Webster 2/2/18 14:35

Oh wow! That sounds utterly delicious. I love the sound of the dressing with black cumin oil- so earthy! Paired with the fresh acidity of the citrus! I bet this is heaven on a plate.

Alida 2/2/18 16:33

This dish is perfect especially with the addition of bacon, it just adds so much flavour. Yummy!

fimère .b 2/2/18 20:30

une salade rafraîchissante plein de saveurs
bonne soirée

Gloria Baker 3/2/18 00:13

what beautiful salad Angie !!
have a nice weekend!

Easyfoodsmith 3/2/18 17:49

Gorgeous vibrant colors of this salad are so enticing!

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen 3/2/18 19:54

Such a fresh and colorful salad, Angie! I don't eat much fennel, this dish will be a great way for me to try it again. :)

Nava K 4/2/18 08:08

All ingredients dancing beautiful with each other, yum as well to crispy bacon. I love crispy bacon like crazy.

Priya 4/2/18 11:10

I just the way you use fennels here.. actually I never tried fennelsnin my salads yet...thank you for sharing...
Btw how are you doing???

Elisabeth Foodandthrift 4/2/18 22:41

Hi Angie, after switching browsers, (to Internet Explorer)...comment works there. I love blood orange, and did try it in a refreshing salad, and I do love the combination with the fennel!

Katerina 5/2/18 10:25

When I was a child I had this weird feeling when I was seeing blood oranges! Now I love them just like this salad!

Pankti 5/2/18 10:33

Looks very healthy!! Lovely clicks, esp. loved the action shot.

natalia20041989 5/2/18 13:41

Oh yum, those colors are too die for☺

Judee Algazi 5/2/18 14:25

What a beautiful salad and I love the idea of the blood oranges and yet another way for me to use fennel, I bought some black cumin oil a while ago , but have never used it- will have to give this a try. Thanks

grace 5/2/18 19:25

crunchy, salty, sweet, juicy--this has everything! what a great salad, angie!

Reeni Pisano 6/2/18 03:20

What a delicious mix for a salad Angie! So beautiful! You make eating healthy so easy.

Evolve With Mary 6/2/18 04:47

I love blood oranges, they are the perfect amount of sweet and sour. Fennel fonds are always a good addition to my salads. The roasted macadamia nuts looks scrumptious

Dawn Yucuis 6/2/18 04:54

I love combination of the ingredients in this salad. Sounds wonderful!

Tania|MyKitchenStories. 6/2/18 12:39

Oh wow this looks so bright and beautiful Angie

Amy (Savory Moments) 6/2/18 14:17

A gorgeous winter salad!! Looks delicious.

Geraldine Saucier 6/2/18 16:10

Angie, you make the most beautiful and delicious salads. I love this salad especially the addition of the bacon.

Balvinder Ubi 6/2/18 17:24

There's so much flavor and crunch in this salad.

GiGi Eats Celebrities 6/2/18 20:15

What a crazy flavor and texture explosion in one's mouth! Seriously. I would need to get ALL the flavors/components of this salad in my mouth with every bite!!

claudia lamascolo 6/2/18 20:37

what a pretty and great mix for a salad!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 6/2/18 22:54

I love blood oranges - they are stunning in this salad!

Kitchen Riffs 7/2/18 02:06

I love the combo of orange and fennel! Add bacon, and I'm in heaven. Thanks!

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 7/2/18 16:25

Gah I've been waiting for blood oranges to show up at my local store! Hopefully soon! This salad is gorgeous!

Rebecca Subbiah 7/2/18 17:24

looks tasty, adore winter citrus season.

2pots2cook 7/2/18 19:28

So inviting, vibrant and healthy ! Saver it is

Emma - Bake Then Eat 8/2/18 01:32

Those blood oranges really make this salad pop!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 8/2/18 01:37

Love orange and fennel together and with the addition of cumin oil and bacon...Oh my! And these photos look great!

Evelyne CulturEatz 8/2/18 03:15

Another amazing salad! Love blood oranges and fennel bulb together. And so many lovely other additions like macadamia and cumin oil.

Shashi at SavorySpin 8/2/18 14:26

I so so love this! So much flavor and texture in this salad! So love that it has bacon!!! :)

mjskit 9/2/18 04:39

Who doesn't love citrus season and all the possibilities. This is a new one for me and love it. Wasn't expecting the bacon, but that always seals the deal doesn't it? :) Honey roasted macadamia nuts? I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for those. Superb salad!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 12/2/18 02:20

Intrigued by the black cumin oil. You always have the best ingredients!

noobcook 14/2/18 05:30

Lovely salad and colours made with fresh ingredients.

Choclette Blogger 21/2/18 21:30

Love blood oranges, but I haven't seen a single one yet this year.

Sharon D 7/3/18 02:53

Such a great tasting salad with blood orange and bacon bits. So much freshness in this with the greens!

Katerina 11/3/18 18:16

What a colorful happy salad!


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