Blood Orange Pickled Fennel and Cabbage Salad


lood Orange Pickled Fennel and Cabbage salad recipe was really an accident. I had a lot of oranges, I had cabbage and didn’t really know what to make.

So, this is a very simple story of how I came up with the recipe.

In my opinion the best chef is the one who can create something stunning from humble ingredients that are available right here and right now.

Don’t you agree?

Cooking + Pickling time:

10min + 20min
2 people


1 Fennel Bulb

120 ml Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Honey

½ tsp Salt

1 whole Star Annise

1 tsp Chopped Ginger

¼ Head Red Cabbage

½ Large Avocado

1 Blood Orange

Salad Leaves

Black Sesame Seeds


1. To speed up the pickling process, slice fennel bulb thinly using the mandoline.

2. In a small sauce pan bring to the boil apple cider vinegar, honey, salt chopped ginger and star anise. Simmer for few minutes.

3. Put the sliced fennel in a bowl and pour the mixture over it. Let it pickle for at least 15-20min.

4. Meanwhile shred the cabbage, peel and slice the avocado and blood orange. If you prefer to segment the orange here is a very useful article with step by step images.

5. To arrange, put the salad leaves on a serving plate together with the shredded cabbage. On top place slices of orange and avocado with pickled fennel. Use a table spoon of the pickle juice as a light dressing for the salad. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

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Pickling is a great way to preserve your food. And I can’t really think of anything that you can’t pickle.

Well, maybe potatoes…

People used to pickle things throughout the history all around the world. Different cultures pickle different foods and have different recipes.

When I moved to London the most surprising pickle I found was an egg.

Honestly, where I came from no one would even think of pickling an egg. But this shows that there is no limits to pickling!

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