Japanese Pink Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

Salad is underappreciated. By me too, more often than not. The Hungry Herbivores has vowed not to adhere to the stereotypical boring, salad-leaf vegan diet, meaning that any salad recipe posted on here HAS to delicious. Salads can be mind blowing with their flavour, with the right ingredients they can challenge any tasty vegan burger (or meat burger if that’s your kind of thing). Don’t believe me? Start off with this Japanese Pink Grapefruit, Radish & Watercress Salad with Wasabi Dressing.

It’s important to have delicious flavours in a salad, but more importantly, for the flavours to work harmoniously together.This Asian inspired salad is fused together with exciting flavours. The grapefruit brings a sweet but tangy taste, the radishes and watercress gives a peppery touch, while the fennel adds a aniseed flavour and the wasabi dressing packs a punch to top it off. If you’ve had wasabi before, you’ll know its a strange kind of “hot” that goes straight to your nose and forces your eyes to water. Speaking as someone who is not a fan of chilli heat, wasabi heat is perfect. Chilli heat lingers in the mouth and can be quite unpleasant, whereas wasabi gives a kapow of flavour and mustardy heat and leaves straight away! Don’t expect to be crying while eating this Japanese Grapefruit salad though! Since it’s submerged into the dressing, it just has a subtle wasabi kick to it.

The January blues are over (nearly) and we are greeted with February! What did you do in the first month of 2018? Are you continuing veganism into the second month? I’d love to think so.
One of the most significant dates in February is Valentines Day! But what has that got to do with salad you may ask? Well, as you may notice, there is hell of a lot of pink and red featured within this simple salad. The colours of the salad have been inspired by the holiday of love! Personally, i’d be pretty impressed if someone knocked me up this citrus salad along side vibrant pink Beetroot & Dill Linguine and a Hibiscus & Rose Cordial Cocktail. Finish off with some homemade Almond Butter & Cranberry Fudge or Coconut Ice Truffles – won’t you be popular!

Even if you don’t have a lover to create this beautiful salad for you, you’ll at least be happy to know it’s very easy to pull together as well as being super healthy! I’ll be making up a single serve for myself… how about you?

Try out the recipe, give it to your loved one or eat it for yourself!

Japanese Pink Grapefruit, Fennel & Watercress Salad
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Vibrant pink salad, perfect to serve to your special someone. Tangy pink grapefruit combined with peppery radish and watercress, while the fennel adds an aniseed flavour, topped off with wasabi punch.
Recipe type: Salad, Appitizer
Cuisine: Japanese, Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free
Serves: 4
  • 4 packed cups watercress
  • 1 handful of radishes, finely sliced
  • 2 bulbs of fennel
  • 2 grapefruits
  • ½ cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2½ tsp wasabi paste
  • ½ tsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit juice (or lime juice)
  1. For the salad, cut the fennel use a mandolin to thinly slice the two fennel bulbs lengthways. If you don't have a mandolin, you can slice them as thin as possible by hand. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Slice off the skin and the outer membrane of the pink grapefruits and slice the whole fruit thinly or cut into segments. Add into the bowl of fennel.
  3. Add the rest of the salad ingredients to the bowl and set aside.
  4. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and whisk.
  5. Pour the dressing into the salad and toss to coat and combine.
  6. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve!


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2 comments on “Japanese Pink Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

  1. Großartiges Rezept, werde ich nach machen!

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