Easy homemade fennel salad with oranges and dried figs – a fresh, healthy, and delicious salad with exciting flavors. Salads are a great way to stay nutritious with the right ingredients, of course, but they are quick and easy to prepare.
This recipe for fennel salad with oranges and dried figs has the right amount of flavor to do the trick! Fennel is great in a salad because it adds crunch and texture. The oranges add acidity, which balances out the sweetness of the dried figs. If you’ve never paired oranges with fennel or different types of nuts, this is a great place to start. These ingredients taste wonderful together, and it’s an easy way to switch up your normal routine.
There’s nothing better than a quick, easy, healthy salad that uses only the freshest ingredients. Although Fennel can be a little ‘bitter’ to taste, it has become one of my regular salads and is always a hit with my family and friends.
What is Fennel?
Fennel, also labeled fresh anise, is an aromatic edible plant with many great health benefits and nutrients. The Fennel plant is very versatile and is used in many recipes.
Fennel has a crunchy texture and a mildly sweet flavor. It can be eaten raw or cooked. All parts of the fennel plant can be eaten. The seeds of this edible plant (dried or fresh) are used as a condiment in many recipes.
To make Fennel Salad
This fennel salad recipe is a simple but elegant starter that can be on the table in 10 minutes.
Fennel is crunchy with a unique taste that is both sweet and savory – it can be compared to licorice, anise, or even celery (when raw). But don’t worry – you’ll love it! It has an incredible crunch and pairs perfectly with this dish’s sweet oranges and dried fruit.
- Large fennel bulb or 2 small bulbs
- Medium oranges
- Dried figs
- olive oil
- champagne vinegar
- NouBess Original Hot and Spicy Herbs Blend
To create the vinaigrette:
To make the vinaigrette, I used about 1/8 of a teaspoon of my NouBess Original Hot and Spicy Herbs Blend of goodness to create a subtle kick. Mix the olive oil, champagne vinegar and with the spicy blend and you have a vinaigrette ready in 2 minutes. You can use any other types of vinegar if you want.
Best ways to serve
Fennel Salad is best served with grilled or roasted meat or seafood. You can also eat it without any meat, poultry, or seafood.
Give this salad a try if you want something light but flavorful to complement any meal. This dish contains an assortment of delicious flavors and textures and is a quick and easy meal. Fresh fennel has thin stalks, so try to cut the pieces into similarly-sized sticks. Also, remember that after you’ve used the fresh orange to zest the fennel and oranges, you can toss the leftover rind in the salad!
- 1 large fennel bulb or 2 small bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 2 medium oranges washed and peeled
- 6 dried figs sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
- Wash the fennel thoroughly and slice thin.
- Place the sliced and dried fennel in a salad bowl.
- Slice the oranges to divide flesh sections and add to the bowl.
- Slice the dried figs and place the slices in the bowl.
- Prepare the vinaigrette. Add olive oil, champagne vinegar, and Hot and Spicy Herbs Blend in a small bowl. Stir vigorously to mix oil and vinegar to create a vinaigrette.
- Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad, toss and serve.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.
Nutrition info is automatically generated and provided as a courtesy and as an estimate only.
Originally published May 12, 2018. Revised and update.