This is a very easy and simple salad using just a few ingredients. The fennel is thinly sliced therefore it is light, crunchy and refreshing.

Have you ever used fennel in your cooking?

I have been very skeptical since I do not care for licorice and was always reluctant to buy fennel, but after seeing so many nice recipes using fennel, especially in salad I decided to try when I saw it at Trader Joe’s a package of a couple of plump fennel bulbs. The simple shaved fennel salad recipe from Kitchen Riffs just clicked, when I searched for the recipe, I then realized that I have been contemplating in trying this salad for more than a year.

I followed the recipe as described by John and I must admit, it was so good…light, crunchy, slightly sweet, a touch of anise (not overwhelming)…now I know what I have been missing all this time.

So if you have never tried fennel, I urge you to try…especially that it is such a simple recipe therefore nothing can go wrong.


  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


Wash the fennel and remove the stalks. Use a mandoline to slice the fennel.

Place the shave fennel in a bowl, add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper (I omitted the salt).

Toss gently and serve.

If you enjoy this simple recipe for fennel salad you might want to check on Zucchini Ribbon Salad recipe.

Did you know that fennel belongs to the same family as parsley, carrots, dill and cilantro (or coriander)? Moreover, fennel is a good source of vitamin C and fiber.

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