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Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad

    Simple, bright, and delicious, this orange, fennel, and red onion salad makes a great side, snack, or appetizer.

    Forkful of orange, fennel, and red onion salad.

    New to fennel? This often overlooked vegetable, found by the lettuce, kale, and chard in the grocery store, makes a delicious addition to salads. In Italy, they eat it between courses as a palate cleanser. In my home, I eat it on its own as a healthy afternoon snack or as a side dish to dinner. My Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad is a deliciously simple way to try this veggie for the first time.


    • Fennel bulb: Loaded with potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. It has a sweet, and slightly bitter flavor (often compared to licorice) and a fantastic crunch.
    • Orange: Juicy, sweet, and bright as well as another huge source of vitamin C.
    • Red onion: Mild enough to be eaten raw, but still adds sharp, somewhat spicy flavor.
    • Lemon juice: Bright, fresh, acidic flavor to help dress the salad.
    • Olive oil: Heart healthy and classic for dressing salads, depending on the brand, it can be fruity, bitter, or buttery in taste.

    How to Make Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad

    Liz peeling orange

    Start by peeling your orange, and separating it into wedges. I find that cutting the peel off is quickest, but you can peel it with your fingers if that’s what works for you.

    Liz cutting red onion

    Next, you’ll thinly slice the red onion and fennel.

    Orange and fennel in bowl

    Then in a medium to large bowl, add the sliced fennel, orange slices, and sliced red onion.

    Adding fresh squeezed lemon juice

    Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the salad.

    Drizzling salad with olive oil

    Followed by a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper.

    Tossing salad

    Lightly toss it all together until the salad is evenly coated in the dressing.

    Orange, fennel, and red onion salad.

    Serve and enjoy this light and fresh Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What does fennel pair well with?

    Along with oranges, fennel pairs well with a lot of fruits and sweeter veggies. Apples, cucumber, peaches, pears, and beetroot are some of my favorites.

    Can you eat fennel stalks?

    Yes, you can eat the stalks and the feathery fronds of fennel. I’ll keep the fronds and use them as a garnish to many dishes.

    How do I store leftover orange, fennel, and red onion salad?

    Kept in an airtight container in the fridge, your salad will keep for up to 3 days.

    Orange, fennel, and red onion salad.

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    Liz eating orange, fennel, and red onion salad.

    If you’re trying to eat green and clean, but are getting bored of your everyday snacks and salads, my Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad will help to shake things up and keep you aligned with your goals.

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    Orange, Fennel, and Red Onion Salad

    4.50 stars average
    Simple, bright, and delicious, this orange, fennel, and red onion salad makes a great side, snack, or appetizer.
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 2


    • 1 fennel bulb (thinly sliced)
    • 1 orange (segmented)
    • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
    • 1 Juice of lemon
    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • Kosher salt and pepper to taste


    • Remove the frawns from fennel bulb and reserve for garnish.
    • Cut the fennel bulb in quarters and thinly slice.
    • Add fennel slices, orange segments, and onion to a medium bowl and dress with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt/pepper to taste.
    • Toss well and serve.

    Recipe Video


    Excellent source of Vitamin C


    Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3.4gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 64mgFiber: 7.4g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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