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Strawberry-Fennel Salad with Long Pepper

This is the featured recipe from our Spicelight on long pepper. Visit our blog to learn more about this flavorful, yet forgotten spice.

The sweet, juicy strawberries and the heat of the long pepper make for an interesting and yummy flavor profile. The small bits of crushed long pepper pop and crunch in your mouth. Creamy feta mellows out the pepper tingle, and the onions and fennel keep the dish crisp and light. This dish would pair nicely with some grilled fish and white wine.

Yield: 3-4 servings
Collections: Salad Side Dish Vegetarian

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Strawberry-Fennel Salad with Long Pepper Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, quartered or shingled
  • 1 bulb fennel, julienne
  • 1/2 bulb red onion, julienne
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese. cubed or crumbled
  • To taste french grey sea salt
  • 1 generous sprinkling fresh ground long pepper
  • 1/3 cup wildflower honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
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Preparation Instructions

Whisk dressing ingredients together until evenly dissolved.
(optional-add a spot of dijon mustard as an emulsifier)

Lightly toss onions and fennel in the dressing.

Plate in a shallow a bowl, topping with strawberries, and feta.

Season with sea salt and good amount of fresh cracked long pepper.

Garnish with fennel leaves and enjoy!

Yield: 3-4 servings
Helpful Hints

Use the lemon juice to dissolve the honey before you whisk in the oil.

You may reduce the amounts for the dressing, so long as the honey, oil, and lemon juice are in equal parts. This recipe makes enough to have leftover dressing.

Long pepper can be fed into a traditional pepper mill once it is broken or cut into smaller pieces.You can also grind long pepper using a mortar and pestle or even a coffee grinder.

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