Bright, fresh, peppery, sweet, and crunchy are all ways to describe this quintessentially spring salad. Pea tendrils are the curly thread-like tops of a pea shoot that help the plant climb. In abundance in the spring after peas are first planted, they have a delicate crisp texture with a pea-like flavor. Combined with peppery arugula and the licorice flavor of the fennel, the sweet orange dressing brings this salad together in perfect springtime harmony.
2 large fennel bulbs, sliced thinly
Juice of 1½ oranges (about ⅓ cup)
½ tablespoon maple or date syrup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
Freshly ground pepper
4 cups arugula leaves
2 cups loosely packed pea tendrils
- Place the thinly sliced fennel into a bowl filled with ice water for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, to a small, lidded jar, add the orange juice, maple or date syrup, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and a few grinds of pepper. Cover and shake vigorously until well-blended; set aside.
- On a large platter or in a shallow bowl, place the arugula and top it with the pea tendrils. Drain and dry the fennel with a towel or in a salad spinner, and place on top of the greens. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
Felicia Slattery is the best-selling author of Plant-Based Slow Cooker Cookbook and Plant-Based Instant Pot Cookbook and an award-winning home cook. She has been actively sharing her recipes on social media and her food blog for well over a decade. Since shifting to a completely plant-based diet, she has become a popular guest on plant-based cooking shows, speaks at plant-based events with her fun and energetic cooking demos, and teaches online cooking classes to both those new to plant-based eating and long-time vegans alike. She is the creator of PlantBasedHomeCooking.com, and she regularly shares her recipes and stories to help others discover the joy of living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle in her Facebook group and on her YouTube channel, both called Plant-Based Home Cooking with Felicia Slattery.