How to Make Shaved Fennel Salad

A crunchy, bright, citrusy, crisp, and zingy side dish that brightens up any plate. With just 3 simple ingredients, the licorice-like fennel shines in this healthy and versatile salad. It's dairy-free/vegan, with just 10 minutes of prep time, and you can even make it ahead of time.

– fennel bulbs – extra-virgin olive oil – orange – salt & black pepper

Recipe Ingredients

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.

Recipe Instructions

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.

Recipe Instructions

Use a mandolin for super-thin slices of fennel.

Expert Tips

Make ahead: Prep salad up to 24 hours ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Expert Tips

Use any extra fennel fronds as an herb garnish to a variety of dishes.

Expert Tips


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