Fennel and Radicchio Salad With Anchovy and Egg

Fennel and Radicchio Salad With Anchovy and Egg

The combination of sweet fennel, bitter radicchio and salty anchovy is a winning one. Look for fennel with the tops still attached and firm, pale green bulbs. As for anchovies, any type will work, but spend a bit more for a better brand of anchovies, packed in glass jars. (Anchovies from Spain are quite good.) If using tinned supermarket anchovies, rinse the fillets and pat dry before using to mute their fishiness.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Using a sharp knife or a mandoline, slice fennel crosswise 1/8-inch thick. Place slices in a wide salad bowl, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and garlic. Toss everything together, coating the fennel well. Taste for salt and adjust. (This can be done up to 30 minutes ahead.)
  2. Step 2

    Remove and discard any wilted outer leaves of radicchio. Separate tender leaves, tearing large ones into smaller pieces.
  3. Step 3

    To finish the salad, quarter the eggs. Add radicchio to the salad bowl and sprinkle very lightly with salt. Toss together radicchio and fennel, coating everything well. Garnish with quartered eggs. (Yolks should have a moist center.) Top eggs with the anchovy fillets.