Fennel & Orange Salad

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By Published On: November 11th, 2019

Tangy oranges and sweet, aniseed infused fennel are the perfect paring! Soft and juicy, meets super-crunch in this simple and utterly delicious Italian offering – the taste of summer in every mouthful! For a salad that pairs with almost any other dish, look no further than this tasty recipe.

Fennel & Orange Salad

This Italian Fennel and Orange salad is so refreshing. It's one of my favourite things to eat. Period. I love nothing more than a simple piece of roasted fish or chicken accompanied by this crunchy, sweet salad. And this fennel & orange salad recipe is so easy too. There's hardly anything to it - making it an impressive and super simple and healthy throw together whatever the occasion!

Fennel & Orange - a classic combination

Italians know what flavours work together! I am not going to argue with them on this pairing. I love the crunch of fennel, but it's the sweet aniseed flavour that I like the most. The combination of tart orange with fennel is timeless. This recipe brings together two amazing flavours into one harmonious dish.

What kind of orange should I use?

For the tastiest results, I choose Valencia oranges - they have a tartness with a balance of sweetness and not too much sour - they're also very juicy, which is a good thing! When they're in season, I'll also make this salad using Sumo Citrus - which have the most amazing flavour!

I don't have oranges - what else can I use?

If life is not giving me oranges, I will also make an absolutely delicious version of this salad using apples. Try my Fennel & Apple Salad - it's one of the most requested salads from friends and family. A good crunchy apple like Pink Lady or Golden Delicious works a treat. I just squeeze a little lemon juice on the peeled apple slices or julienne pieces to keep them from turning brown. In the past I've also substituted oranges with pears and peaches too. The premise is - keep the fennel, change the fruit!

When it comes to the herbs, you can get creative too. I'll often switch those up too. In this recipe it is my favourite; dill and mint, but sometimes I'll use combinations of parsley, marjoram, oregano, tarragon and thyme. You get the gist... this recipe is versatile!

What to serve with Fennel & Orange Salad

I love to pair it with fish - it also marries real well with pork. I'll bbq a juicy chop and serve with a big bowl of mini potatoes and it's pretty much as close to perfection as it gets. It's a versatile salad that will work well alongside others like my tried and tested go-to Tomato Salad or my infamous Beetroot & Feta Salad with Fresh Herb Dressing. And you don't just have to stick to Italian pairings - try these Spanish Chicken Skewers with Fino Sherry - they work marvellously with all these salads.

So, next time the sun's out - prepare this and chill in the fridge 'til you're ready - it's so crunchy and refreshing. As salads go, this one is sweet!

How to make my Fennel & Orange Salad

Fennel & Orange Salad

Fennel & Orange Salad

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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4
Calories (per serving) | 89


  • 4 oranges (segmented)
  • 1 fennel bulb (trimmed, cored and finely sliced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice of)
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
  • Salt & pepper


  • Combine the sliced fennel, oranges, onion, dill and mint in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the retained orange juice with the lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar then pour over the salad.
  • Toss gently to combine and you're done.
  • Serve alongside a delicious steak, some BBQ pork or chicken or a grilled fish. But this salad pairs well with everything.


Nutrition Facts
Fennel & Orange Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 426IU9%
Vitamin C 85mg103%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine | Italian
Keyword | fennel, Oranges, salad
Fennel & Orange Salad

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