Fennel and citrus Salanova salad

salanova-lettuce-salad Recipe

I just love this lettuce!  Salanova – sounds and looks like something you can really salivate over.  First brought onto the market in 2011 by Rijk Swaan, a Dutch global seed company, I came across these beauties on a recent trip to the Cotswolds.  “No genetic engineering, just years of meticulous breeding experiments”, according to Rijk Swaan seed company, the salanova offers about 40% more leaves than the usual lettuce.

Worth growing!


Serves 4-6

2 oranges, thinly sliced with skin & pith removed
6 radishes, finely sliced
⅔ cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 generous handfuls Salanova lettuce (or frisee or rocket if you can’t find it)
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
⅓ cup feta cheese, crumbled
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



Combine the oranges, fennel, radish and dill in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Marinate for about 30 minutes.

When ready to serve the salad, put the Salanova in a large bowl and add the orange, fennel and radish mixture.  Pour most of the lemon juice dressing over it all and toss to combine.

Taste and adjust with more of the dressing if you wish.

Serve topped with pine nuts and feta

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