Whip up this shaved fennel salad full of crisp fennel, arugula, sweet apples, oranges, parmesan curls and walnut nibs. This is a fresh and delicious fennel salad that you must try soon.
The homemade dressing takes this salad to a whole new level, bursting with sweet and tangy flavor that compliments the entire salad.
Also, I have a few more salad ideas for you to try. Check out this beautiful list of summer salads, roasted fennel and beet salad, fennel and cabbage slaw, or even vegetarian salads.
This Shaved Fennel Salad…
- Made with fresh ingredients
- Crisp and refreshing
- Easy to make
- Sweet and tangy
How to Make Shaved Fennel Salad
Complete steps on how to make this Shaved Fennel Salad are on the printable recipe card below. A quick walk through on how it is made.
- Start by placing the arugula in a large bowl.
- Then top with thin slices of fennel, apple and orange.
- Sprinkle with walnuts and Parmesan.
- Then add all the ingredients in a bowl and whip up the dressing.
- Pour the dressing over the salad before serving.
Helpful tips for success
You can buy a mandoline slicer to thinly shave your fennel, it works great. It’s also very easy to use, and you can make it a favorite kitchen tool.
Dressing just before serving
Don’t pour the dressing over the salad until just before you serve it. Otherwise it will soak the arugula and break the fruit.
I like to use a large dish to spread the salad instead of piling it all in a bowl. This allows guests to get something on their plate.
Dill salad variations
Skip the oranges and add sliced grapes instead. This will make a great flavor pairing that is a little more tart.
Replace the walnuts with some pecans or even pepitas for a different crunch factor.
Swap the parmesan with a slice of feta cheese. They will both provide a tangy and creamy component and make a great exchange for this salad.
Leave out the cheese to make a vegan friendly salad. It makes for a great lunch or dinner that will be light and refreshing.
Shaved Fennel Salad FAQs
How does fennel taste?
Fennel has a mild anise or black licorice flavor. Now, depending on how you cook it or serve it raw, the taste will change slightly. Fennel is often served in salads or roasted or added to soups or stews.
How do you slice fennel for a salad?
Start by washing and then cut where the root will be. Then peel off any tough layer. Then cut the fennel into pieces. Then use your mandolin to start slicing into very thin strips.
What goes well with fennel salad?
Both salmon and chicken are great proteins to add to your fennel salad. I love them both but feel free to try whichever you prefer.
Serving: 4 serving
For the salad:
- 4 the cup Arugula
- 1 Bulb fennel
- 1 big apple
- 1 Medium orange
- ½ the cup Parmesan Curls
- ¼ the cup walnut
For the dressing:
- ⅓ the cup olive oil
- 3 table spoon Orange juice
- 1 table spoon Red wine vinegar
- 1 table spoon Maple syrup
- 1 table spoon Minced Parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Place the arugula on a large plate and set aside
Use a mandolin to thinly slice the fennel, then use a knife to thinly slice the apples and oranges
Top the arugula with the fennel, apple, orange, Parmesan and walnuts and set aside
Prepare the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, orange juice, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, parsley, salt and pepper until smooth.
Pour the dressing over the salad before serving
Calories: 339kcalSugars: 21gProtein: 7gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fats: 6gMonounsaturated fats: 15gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 529mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 861IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 1mg