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Citrus Pomegranate Fennel Salad

Fennel Salad

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This citrus fennel salad has become one of my family’s favorite ways to eat fennel. Paired with pomegranate seeds, oranges, and kale this easy-to-make, crispy salad is loaded with nutrients and bursts with flavor.




  • 1 fresh fennel bulb, including fronds and stems
  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • 1 pomegranate (about 1 cup of pomegranate seeds)
  • 1 medium orange or grapefruit
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)


  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp dill, fresh or dried (optional)



  1. Slice orange (or grapefruit) into quarters and remove skin. Cut citrus slices into small cubes and add to salad bowl.
  2. Slice fennel bulb into strips and add to bowl. (see ‘how to cut fennel bulb’ below)
  3. Separate kale leaves from stem and roughly chop into small bite-sized pieces. Add to salad bowl.
  4. Chop fennel stems into thin slices and add to bowl. I like to slice my fennel stems into about 1/8 inch, but feel free to slice as thick or as thin as you’d like.
  5. Roughly chop fennel fronds and add to bowl.
  6. If using, add pumpkin seeds and mix thoroughly into fennel salad mixture.


  1. In a small bowl, add orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and if using, dill. Whisk ingredients together till emulsified. Place dressing aside until ready to serve.

To serve: Add desired amount of salad into a small salad bowl and top with dressing. Enjoy!


How to cut fennel

  1. First, cut fennel stems and fronds from bulb. Cut as close to the bulb as possible.
  2. Cut your fennel bulb in half and remove the tough core.
  3. Then, cut each half into quarters and roughly slice lengthwise into thin strips. You can make strips as thin or thick as you’d like. I personally like them a bit thicker as I love the extra crunch.

Can you eat fennel stems and fronds?
While you can trim off and discard fennel stems and fronds (the leafy greens found on fennel), I personally love to incorporate them into my salads. Doing so not only helps to reduce food waste but is a great way to add more flavor, texture, and fiber to your salad. It’s a win-win.


Keywords: Fennel, Vegan Recipe, Healthy Salad