By Kelsey Miller, Styled By Rhona Boone, Refinery29
Thanks to the recent warmth and sunshine, we've got a glorious case of spring fever. It's all short sleeves and evening walks - and fresh, tender greens perfect for a salad party. We're not talking your basic chopped-and-dressed lunchtime standard - it's time for a high-octane medley. Plus, these recipes are (obviously) packed with seasonal goodies that are great for you. Dig in!
.Fennel & Blood Orange Salad
At first glance, you might wonder at the wild blend of ingredients, but once you taste the way these elements enhance each other, you'll be hooked. This fresh, crisp, bright-flavored salad brings some of the season's best goodies together and is so flavorful, it doesn't even need a separate dressing. Trust us with this one!
1 large fennel bulb
2 blood oranges
1 bunch fresh mint
2/3 cup black olives
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fresh black pepper
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