Orange and Fresh Fennel Salad

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This salad is so easy, refreshing, and delicious! It takes about five minutes to prepare and is the perfect compliment to a rich, wintry comfort meal. I made it with organic Cara Cara navel oranges, which are my new latest obsession. The color is salmony and the flavor is so fragrant. You can make this salad with any kind of orange, though (even blood orange!). And fresh organic fennel is now easy to find in my supermarket, as well. The checkout people are always a bit confused by it. Sometimes it’s called anise. But it’s basically a bulb of deliciousness that tastes like a mix between celery and licorice. This salad is very traditional Italian, by the way. My kids love it!

Orange and Fresh Fennel Salad


  • 2 oranges
  • 1 large bulb fennel or 2 smaller ones
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Micro greens for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the skins of the oranges and slice the oranges into rounds. Arrange on individual salad plates or on a big salad plate (the way I did in the picture).
  2. Cut the top and bottom off the bulb of fennel and thinly slice into round pieces. Place on top of the oranges.
  3. Drizzle good olive oil over the oranges and fennel.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle some cleaned micro greens on top for a fancy look!

It’s that easy. Really. And wait till you taste it. Especially if it’s all organic!



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6 Responses to Orange and Fresh Fennel Salad

  1. Cat @ January 28, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I never liked fennel. This looks great, I should give it another try.

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) January 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    it would probably work with celery as well!

  3. Donna in Delaware January 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Have made many times before. It is good. Sometimes I just mix the sliced fennel with a crisp romaine lettuce and thinly sliced sweet red onion and make an orange vinaigrette. Delish!
    BTW Maria, I too have fallen in love with Cara Cara oranges!
    Great choice.

  4. Andrea January 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    My mouth is watering! 🙂 I have never tried this before but will… *very* soon! Thank you so much for this recipe!


  5. Amanda January 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Is it wicked of me to get a thrill of pleasure when the check-out person has to ask me, “What the heck is that vegetable/fruit/thing?” Looking forward to trying this recipe!

  6. Debra February 12, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Maria
    What are micro greens?

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