Photo Credit: Lauren Volo
This side is very versatile. Serve it warm as an accompaniment to grilled fish at night. Cool it down, store it in the fridge, and enjoy as a snack with crudités the next day.
Fennel and Yogurt Purée
Serves 4 to 6
1 pound fennel, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 large or 2 small bulbs)
1 tablespoon plus 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
11⁄2 tablespoons 0% plain Greek yogurt, such as Fage
Carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and pita chips, for dipping (optional)
In a medium saucepan, cover the fennel with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook until very tender, about 10 minutes.
Drain the fennel well and place in a food processor. Add the oil, yogurt, and remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. Purée until smooth, scraping down the sides or the processor as needed. Serve warm as a side dish or cool down completely and serve as a dip for crudités and pita chips.