Italian Seafood Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Fennel is an enchanting and delicious way to end the warm summer season.
I feel the evening breeze cooling, and the chilly morning temperatures have me dreaming of fall. But I’m not ready to give up on summer just yet. It’s still warm during the day here in the Willamette Valley and a chilled seafood salad still feels like a necessary indulgence.
I’m not kidding when I say that this Italian Seafood Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Fennel is completely indulgent.
Although I feel that it’s easy to prepare, it does require a bit of time. Trust me however, if you’re a seafood lover this salad is worth the time!
I typically make this salad on Christmas Eve as part of our Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. But it’s such a beautiful and flavorful salad, it lends itself well to a summer feast when seafood here in the Pacific Northwest is at its freshest.
The salad recipe does include baby octopus and calamari, but if you can’t find those ingredients or you don’t like them, the salad is just as delicious without them. Although, Ranger Craig would disagree. He loves the octopus. 😉 Sometimes I grill the octopus instead of poach it with the other ingredients. That makes for a really flavorful salad. I also think cucumber is a nice addition to this salad during the summer months.
If you’re looking for a recipe to “wow” your family and friends at your last barbecue or gathering for the season, this is the recipe to share. It’s lovely as a main dish but it can absolutely serve as a side dish to grilled meats, poultry, veggies and fish.
Let me know if you make the recipe. I’d love to hear your thoughts and how you made the recipe your own. Because after all, recipes are just guidelines. Right? That’s what I always told my culinary students. My advice is to make a recipe according to directions the first time. Then, if you decide you’d like to make changes according to your family’s preferred tastes, go ahead and play!
Wishing you all a lovely and delicious end of summer season!
Loads of love,