Fennel, Apricot and Tomato Salad: Date Added: 19 Nov 2009 Ingredients:

1 tsp saffron threads
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
6 x fresh mint leaves, julienned
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 x small fennel bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise (preferably on a mandolin)
2 x dried apricots or 2 pitted fresh apricots, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Cooking Instructions:

In a small pot on the stove, or in a small bowl in the microwave, warm 2 tablespoons water until hot. Remove from the heat, add the saffron, and let infuse until the water turns bright yellow, about 10 minutes.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discard the saffron threads, and set the liquid aside. Whisk together the olive oil, lime zest and juice, vinegar, mint leaves, and saffron water.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a salad bowl, toss the fennel, apricots, and tomatoes together with the vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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