citrus fennel salad with fronds in a white bowl with white napkin

Citrus Fennel Salad

A crunchy and simple citrus fennel salad that brightens up any plate – it’s the perfect anytime side dish!

Despite the fact that it has been snowing for 1,000 straight days here in New York, I wanted to make something light and refreshing last week. Perhaps as a way to pretend I was in warmer climes, or maybe I just needed to change things up from all of the heavier, winter food I have been eating lately. Regardless, this citrus fennel salad hit the spot.

I have come to really appreciate fennel in the last few years. It has a delicious anise flavor along with a nice crunch. In this recipe, the orange zest adds a bit of zippiness to the fennel, along with the citrus dressing. It’s a bright and flavorful winter salad that is super simple to make (ready in just 10 minutes)! Only 6 more weeks till spring….

citrus fennel salad in a white bowl with a spoon and white napkin

Why This Recipe Works

Crunchy and Citrus-y

Healthy

Super Easy

Perfect Side Dish

Beautiful and Festive

shaved fennel in a mixing bowl with orange zest
shaved fennel in a mixing bowl

Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Step 1. Cut the fronds from the fennel bulbs and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Step 2. Slice the fennel bulbs horizontally as thinly as possible. Remove any large core parts, then add the slices to the mixing bowl.
  • Step 3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange zest and juice, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing into mixing bowl and toss until well-coated.
  • Step 4. Let salad rest for 10-15 minutes to soften the fennel. 
citrus fennel salad in a white bowl with a spoon and white napkin


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citrus fennel salad with fronds in a white bowl with white napkin

Citrus Fennel Salad

A crunchy and bright citrus fennel salad that brightens up any plate – it's the perfect side dish!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large fennel bulbs
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut the fronds from the fennel bulbs and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Slice the fennel bulbs horizontally as thinly as possible. Remove any large core parts, then add the slices to the mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange zest and juice, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing into mixing bowl and toss until well-coated.
  • Let salad rest for 10-15 minutes to soften the fennel. 
Keyword citrus, fennel, olive oil, salad

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