Healthy Recipes

Kingfish crudo with white beans, fennel and blood-orange dressing

Fresh fish, earthy beans and winter produce make this simple, light salad.

By Emma Knowles
  • 15 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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Kingfish crudo with white beans, fennel and blood-orange dressing
Using canned white beans makes this dish super-quick to whip up, but if you have the time to soak dried white beans a day ahead by all means do so. If the beetroot have any small, tender leaves, toss them in the salad, too, and give the fish a quick toss in the pan or sear it on the grill if you'd prefer to eat it cooked.


  • 2 blood oranges, peeled
  • 800 gm canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200 gm sashimi-grade kingfish, thinly sliced
  • 2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved on a mandolin and crisped in iced water, fronds reserved
  • ¼ Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of ½ lemon, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 70 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 beetroot, trimmed, peeled and cut into julienne, small leaves reserved


  • 1
    Segment the blood oranges over a bowl to catch the juices. Remove the segments from the membrane and transfer them to a separate bowl. Add beans, kingfish, drained fennel and onion, season to taste, toss to combine and transfer to a serving platter.
  • 2
    Add lemon juice and garlic to the orange juice and stand to soften (4-5 minutes), then whisk in the oil and season to taste. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss to combine and serve scattered with beetroot, beetroot leaves and fennel fronds.