Fennel and Orange Salad – Our Quick Recipe in 5 Easy Steps

In winter, our quick and simple fennel and orange salad is a staple in our table. Vitamin and fiber-rich, it’s a boost for the immune system and easy on the digestive trait.

Perfectly combining sweet, savory, and sour flavors, our easy salad is the perfect nutrient-packed addition to add a fresh and luscious twist to your winter tables.

Check it and let me know if you try it!

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Fennel and orange salad – Ingredients

Given the ingredients, this is a typically winter salad and a fantastic way to include raw vegetable side dishes also in the cold season when we might tend to cook more our foods.

  • Oranges. For this salad, I opt for squeezing oranges because they are usually juicier. The red oranges are also perfect for this recipe.
  • Fennel. Make sure they are “male” because bulkier and more tender.
Image: Sliced fennel for Italian pinzimonio.

Orange and fennel salad – Instructions + tips

  • Peeling the oranges. If you prefer, you can remove the internal peel of the oranges. I leave it because in our house we eat the whole orange as it is to keep its fibers.
  • Cutting the veggies. I suggest slicing the fennel as thin as you can so the dressing makes it softer and sort of marinated.

Fennel and orange salad variations

  • With olives. A few pitted or sliced olives is a fantastic addition to this salad as it gives a great savory flavor. Both green and black olives are good for this recipe.
  • Pick your nuts. For this fennel and orange salad recipe, I opted for the sunflower seeds because they add some crunch and a very gentle flavor. But if you don’t have them, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds match also very well.
  • Play with herbs and spices. If you are not a fan of black pepper, you can try to sprinkle some chili flakes on top of the salad. I haven’t tried this version but I think it will taste great. You can also sprinkle some fresh dill and of course, the fennel fronds.
  • With pomegranate. Scattering some pomegranate on the salad will create a great sweet and savory contrast.
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Fennel and orange salad

Our quick orange and fennel salad recipe in a few easy steps.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Sharp kitchen knife
  • 1 Serving plate


  • 3 large fennels
  • 3 oranges
  • 30 gr raisins
  • 20 gr sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Squeeze the juice of an orange in a jar and soak the raisins.
  • Thoroughly wash the fennels and cut them into very thin slices. Set them apart.
  • Peel the two remaining oranges and cut them into slices.
  • Place the fennel and the orange slices on the serving plate.
  • Remove the raisins from the orange juice and scatter them on top of the fennels and the oranges.
  • Add the sunflower seeds scattering them all over the serving plate.
  • Add the oil and the salt to the jar with the orange juice and shake it to make them blend.
  • Season the salad with the dressing and sprinkle a bit of black pepper on top.
Keyword easy, plant-based


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