7 Best Fennel Salads

Enjoy fennel's long season with seven salads featuring fresh fennel bulbs and the plant's herbaceous fronds.


Fennel is in peak season from fall to early spring, so there's lots of opportunity to utilize this versatile vegetable in a variety of salads. Its unique flavor is more assertive when raw, but becomes mellower when cooked for a warm salad.

1. Lobster and Fennel Salad

Lobster and Fennel Salad
Sweet lobster meat is incredible with extra-crisp fresh fennel. © John Kernick

What's the secret to this bright salad? Soaking the sliced fennel in icy lemon water before serving makes the pieces extra crispy.

2. Spicy Asparagus and Lentil Salad with Fennel

Jalapeño chiles add smoky flavor to this excellent salad.

3.Farro Salad with Fennel and Arugula

Farro Salad
© John Kernick

This fast whole-grain salad is also great with wheat berries, spelt, or barley.

4. Warm Fennel Salad

This easy salad requires just four ingredients, plus salt and pepper.

5. Fennel Frond Orzo


This delicious, 30-minute orzo salad is made with capers, almonds, and olives.

6.Fennel and Endive Salad with Almonds

Roasted almonds lend this terrific salad an added crunch, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare.

7. Fennel and Apple Salad with Hazelnuts

Hazelnut, Fennel and Green Apple Salad
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Prissy Lee

Fragrant fennel and sweet-tart Granny Smith apple provide a crisp bite to this refreshing fall salad.

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