Fennel is probably the last vegetable you would think of in a salad. It's good to think outside the box sometimes. Fennel is such an underrated but versatile vegetable. Let's go on a Fennel salad adventure!
Whether you are adventurous or not, I would highly recommend you give this salad a go. If only to add a new vegetable to your diet. Trust me with this one, I'm the fussiest vegetable eater in the universe!
Flavourful Fennel Salad
In this Fennel salad recipe we are using a fennel bulb. The bulb comes from a cultivated variety called Florence Fennel. Discover more about fennel here.
Fennel has a sweet aniseed flavour. The grilled red pepper adds more sweetness to this Fennel salad and we finish it off with dollops of spiced yogurt. I add omega 3 seed mix for texture. It's optional but highly recommended.
If you have been following my salad series, you will notice how I always either grill or roast the vegetables. The reason for this is based on Ayurvedic principles. When we eat raw food the body has to work harder to break it down and digest it. By applying heat we are helping the body with digestion. Grilling or roasting are a relatively healthy way of cooking. You can eat fennel raw, however, it needs to be sliced very thinly to be able to chew it. We will leave that for another salad experiment. In this fennel salad it is cut into wedges before roasting.
The spiced yoghurt is dairy-free. When I say spiced, I don't mean it has the heat that some spices bring. I use turmeric for a splash colour, cumin and Kala namak for flavour. I like to use Kala namak or black rock salt to add the extra flavour to a lot of my recipes. Find out a bit more about Kala Namak in my spiced sweet potato wedges recipe
I hope I've convinced you to give this Fennel salad a go.
Here is a video guide to this grilled fennel salad recipe with red peppers:
Grilled Fennel and Red pepper Salad
- 500 gms Fennel bulbs approx 2 nos
- 370 gms Red peppers approx 2 nos
- 50 gms Baby spinach
- 100 gm Dairyfree greek style yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon Roasted cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon Kala namak
- 1 teaspoon Omega 3 seed mix optional but highly recommended
- Wash the baby spinach and set aside. Wash and pat dry fennel and red pepper.
- Trim the fennel from the top and bottom, then cut in half length wise. Further cut each side into wedges insuring the fennel is still connected to the bottom and not falling apart. ( this helps in the grilling ). Cut out the tough core from the bottom of each halk of the fennel.
- Cut the red pepper in half, remove seeds and cut into wedges.
- Transfer the fennel and red pepper into a bowl. Add the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and give it a good mix.
- Grill the fennel on a pan over a high heat for a couple of minutes, on each side. the fennel will have a beautiful caramel coulour and become a bit soft. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
- Grill the red pepper on each side, on the same pan over a high heat until you have nice char marks. Set aside to cool.
- In a bowl mix the yogurt, turmeric, cumin powder and kala namak until the spices are incorporated and there are no lumps.
- Transfer the baby spinach to a plate. Add the fennel and red pepper wedges. Spoon on dollops of spiced yohurt. Finish with omega 3 seed mix.
For this recipe, you can easily replace the dairy free yogurt with dairy yogurt if you wish.
When cutting the fennel, keep the stems and fronds. They can be used in salads or to make stock. Remove the tough, hard to eat core at the bottom of each half of the fennel bulb.