Salads and Sides

Fennel and Grapefruit Salad

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Fennel and Grapefruit Salad is made with fennel, red onions, and black olives tossed in a lemon vinaigrette then topped with pink grapefruit to add a bit of tart and acidity that balances the flavors.

It’s so delicious, your senses will come alive!  A wonderful and timeless salad that can be prepared all year round!

Fennel, was previously found and used as a winter vegetable, but can now be found in all seasons.

It has a mild anise-like flavor, but with a sweeter taste to it.  Fennel also known as “Anise” is very popular in Italy and it is sometimes served after a meal to help with digestion.  We Italians call it “finocchio.” 

Fennel, raw is very refreshing to eat alone.  It can be served as a snack, or mixed with a medley of raw vegetables.  You can cook, saute and even bake it.  We enjoy eating it raw chopped in a our green salads.

A refreshing fennel salad recipe, we think you’ll enjoy!

Here’s a Tip:   Make this one day in advance, allowing it to marinate overnight, and you’ll find it tastes even better the next day!

Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
  • one fennel bulb – trimmed and thinly sliced
  • one small red onion – thinly sliced
  • one pink grapefruit
  • one lemon juiced
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • handful pitted black olives- sliced
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Rinse fennel bulb. Trim and discard ends, reserve some of its grass to garnish.

Cut and discard the cord.

Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch or less. Cut fennel as thinly as possible.

Cut Grapefruit in half.

Using a sharp knife, remove pieces of grapefruit and discard all seeds. Set aside.

Scatter fennel, red onions and black olives in a deep serving platter.

Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice. Toss until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix again.  Allow fennel salad to marinate, chill for about 1 to 2 hours before serving.  Lastly, toss in the grapefruit and serve.

Serves 6 to 8

We hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past weekend! My sister Liz flew in for my daughter’s college graduation and the weather was perfect, making the entire weekend memorable.
It’s been a busy month for us with so many festivities and family events to come.
We plan to post new recipes in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply
    August 10, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I have to say this is a very interesting salad and I like how you added the grapefruit to it.
    great job ladies!

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    August 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I have never tried putting grapefruit in anything savory. This salad sounds interesting, I would love to try this!

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      August 13, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment Cathleen! We have made this salad with oranges too! We love it and hope you do too! We will stop by your site to see whats cooking!

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    August 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    this looks so scrumptious!!! Love everything about it 🙂

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    August 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Your Fennel and Grapefruit Salad is so beautiful. I love fennel and citrus together. 🙂 So refreshing and healthful.

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    kumars kitchen
    August 11, 2013 at 7:10 am

    this salad is beautiful….grape fruit adds such a lovely speck of pink in this deliciously crunchy salad…will be a hit…thanks for sharing 🙂

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    August 12, 2013 at 4:30 am

    That looks so delicious!!!!

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      August 13, 2013 at 2:03 am

      Thanks Dee! Enjoy!

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    Tammie Lee
    May 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

    oh, this sounds so delicious!
    Beautiful to see as well.
    New to your blog and i can tell i will have to look at a few more recipes before i move on!

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      May 15, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Hi Tammy! Welcome to our blog! this colorful dish will intrigue everyones senses at the table. Thank you for a lovely comment and for stopping by!

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    May 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Every time i see raw fennel, I wish I could handle it's strong licorice flavor! Sounds like a great salad!

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    May 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Light and refreshing…perfect for this time of the year.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    May 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Fennel and grapefruit? I am amazed but I sure can see how they work so well together! Great job!

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      May 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      They do and that's why this salad is so refreshing! Have a great weekend!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    May 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great combination of ingredients! I've never had fennel in a salad, but I know I'd love it! Have a lovely weekend Anna and Liz. It's pouring rain up here in the Upstate, so lots of indoor things to catch up on are on my list!

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      May 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you Roz! I heard about the rain, I' m been in NY this past week taking care of my parents.
      But return later today. Have a great weekend!

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    Tricia Buice
    May 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi ladies! This looks wonderful and the perfect summer salad. Hope you are doing great.

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      May 21, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Thank you Tricia! You too, have a wonderful weekend!

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