lark’s fresh fennel salad + cocktail

March 24, 2017 / By / Post a Comment

Hello friends! Thanks so much for following my little gig here––it sure does mean a lot! Today I’m sharing two recipes, both by my dear friend Kate from Lark. If you haven’t already, please pop on over to her website and subscribe so you can get her weekly recipes! I believe you’ll love them (and her) as much as I do! Get all the details below!

How adorable is that jumpsuit that Kate is wearing? Both of our looks are from Sparrow Boutique. Secret Garden Top | Ankle Bootie | Jumper | Peep Toe Bootie

A couple weeks ago, Kate came over and we had a ball––she showed me how to mix up a few cocktails + this simple, and oh-so-delicious fresh fennel salad (see recipe below). We sampled, sipped, and styled the afternoon away. Kate has such an endearing personality––I think you’ll soon see what I mean!

Oh, and how fantastic are these photos? That’s a big thanks to the sweetheart Alexa Karen Photography. She’s a doll. Keep scrolling for more + the recipes…

Looking for that beautiful drink? Click here!

Fresh Fennel Salad 
Serves two, as a main course


4 cups spinach (Kate likes this kind)
1 bulb fennel (thinly slice fennel, removing core and chopping off top fronds)
1 pink grapefruit supremed
½ cup soft goat’s cheese
¼ c toasted pine nuts (place in a saute pan on low heat until you can smell the pine nuts, 2-3 minutes)

Layer on a plate in the order listed and then top with the dressing posted below.

½ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 T maple syrup
1 T dijon mustard
½ t salt & black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a pint size Mason jar or a similar container that has  a lid so you can shake it well for a minute.  Drizzle 2 T. of the dressing on each salad.  Leave on the counter for up to a week — there is no need to refrigerate this delicious dressing. You can also use this dressing as an easy chicken marinade and then pair the marinated chicken with boiled potatoes and this salad for an easy weeknight dinner.

Don’t forget to shop these spring styles at Sparrow…the cutout ankle booties that I’m wearing are one of my all time favorites!

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