Lemon-marinated fennel and pear salad

October 25, 2016 Published by Dina

Fennel is a fall vegetable and although it is available all year it is really best in the fall when you can get it locally. Many people are not that familiar with it and are reluctant to try but I would say be adventurous and go for it. What can happen?

Fennel  is a white”ish” bulb with fronds that resemble dill. It has anise-like flavour and crispy texture when eaten raw. I shred it into salads with other vegetables, roast it, braise it and even stuff and bake it.

In this salad I softened the fennel by marinating it in juice of a lemon, salt and olive oil, then added thinly sliced pears and beautiful tender greens. It is a special and refreshing salad that is good before or after dinner and looks beautiful on the plate.

It’s best to shred the fennel using a mandolin slicer but if you don’t have one work carefully to slice it very thin.


Fennel and pear salad

Fennel and pear salad


1 fennel bulb

Juice of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 bosc pear,

A couple of handfuls of salad greens


Cut the fennel in half vertically and slice on a mandolin into thin slices. Place in a bowl.

Add zest and juice of one lemon, then drizzle with olive oil and toss gently.

Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Let the fennel marinate for 30 minutes on the counter or longer in the fridge.

To serve:

Cut the pear in half vertically and slice one half pear on a mandolin.

Slice the remaining half pear with a knife into thin wedges.

Combine the mandolin sliced pear with the fennel and mix.

Pile greens on the salad plates, place a mound of fennel and pear on top and add remaining greens.

Garnish with sliced pear wedges.

Additional dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Mix dressing ingredients until combined, use to drizzle over the salads.

fennel and pear salad

Fennel and pear salad

Fennel and pear salad



  • Carola holdsworth says:

    This was a big hit in my house.

  • Colleen says:

    Dina, this salad looks so wonderful! I grew fennel in my garden last year, but not this one, and had to buy it for a recipe I’m publishing later. The sweetness of fall pears in this salad along with the fennel, lemon, and greens are making my mouth water as I gaze at your beautiful photos. Well done as always!

    • Dina says:

      Hi Colleen, thank you for the kind words. Fennel and lemon is classic combination and the pear was a good pairing with it. I look forward to see your fennel salad as Ialeays get excited when I see your delicious recipes on your blog. Talk soon.