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Dama Bianca (Fennel and Celery Salad)

  • Active time:20 min
  • Start to finish:20 min
April 2008
The inner stalks of celery and fennel, plus soft chunks of mozzarella, add up to a clean, cool salad that’s quite striking (the name, which refers to a “woman in white,” alludes to its pale hues).
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, stalks discarded
  • 6 pale inner (white) celery stalks, leaves discarded and stalks thinly sliced
  • 1 (1/2-lb) ball buffalo mozzarella (optional), roughly torn
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated lemon zest (preferably from an unwaxed organic lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons good-quality fruity extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Halve fennel lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise about 1/4 inch thick. Toss with celery and arrange on a platter with mozzarella.
  • Whisk together zest, juice, oil, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and drizzle over salad.