Fennel & Pear Salad with Goji Berry Vinaigrette



Goji Berry Vinaigrette

Fennel & Pear Salad


  1. In a medium sauté pan, heat the 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the shallots are soft. Stir in the vinegar, goji berries, and fennel seeds. After two minutes, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. Transfer it to a mixing bowl and gently whisk in the mustard and lemon juice. Slowly drizzle in the remaining ¼ cup of grapeseed oil, whisking until incorporated. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the pears, fennel, and dandelion greens with the vinaigrette (reserve any leftover vinaigrette for another use). Taste and add more salt or pepper if necessary. Add the smoked cheddar and roasted hazelnuts. Gently toss to combine.

To Serve

  1. Serve each salad with a garnish of fennel fronds. I also like to sprinkle on even more cheese and nuts to each individual salad.