This crunchy Fennel Salad with Dill is absolutely addicting with delicious Parmesan cheese mixed into the dressing. It's super easy to make and will become a family favorite in no time!
OK, I have to admit that this is not my recipe idea. I got this idea from my mom, who got it from her friend. I actually remember the day my mom called me to tell me about the amazing Fennel Salad with Dill that she had at her friend's house - she called me just to tell me about this salad. However, I did not rush out to make this salad right away because I (wrongly!) thought I didn't like fennel. Only after my mom made it for me did I realize how right she was and what I was missing.
If you've never had fennel, it smells a bit like anise and licorice which can be a bit off-putting - I am not a fan of those flavors, usually. But something amazing happens when you mix fennel with mayonnaise and dill - the fennel loses its strong flavor and just tastes so fresh, mild, and crunchy! Fennel is in season during the winter so it is easy to find in stores right now.
I've mentioned before that I prefer crunchy salads, such as coleslaw, over leafy salads, so this salad was right up my crunchy salad alley. After trying this salad at my mom's house, this became a staple at my house because of the simple ingredients, 5 minutes of prep-time, and fresh dill-fennel-Parmesan flavors. Aldo and I usually devour most of this salad in one sitting, although the recipe below is probably more suitable for 4 people.
More fresh dill recipes: Fish Loaf
Fennel Salad with Dill
- 2 small fennel bulbs - (about 8 oz each with stalks, or 5 oz each without stalks)
- ¼ cup dill leaves - chopped
- ¼ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise - to taste
- salt and pepper - to taste
- Optional: 8-10 slivers of shaved Parmesan for garnish
- Remove the stalks off the fennel. Cut the fennel bulb into quarters. Use a mandolin or a knife to slice the fennel into thin pieces, about the size of cabbage for coleslaw.
- In a large bowl, combine the sliced fennel, dill, shredded Parmesan, and mayo. Stir together, and adjust the flavor with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with Parmesan slices. Let rest for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend, then serve.
If using a mandolin to slice the fennel, please always always wear cut-proof gloves. Mandolin injuries are no joke!
The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.
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Tuesday 3rd of January 2017
What an interesting salad! We actually never tried adding a fennel bulb in a salad. Here in Greece we mostly use fennel fronds and add them in stews (especially the ones that contain avgolemono sauce). Panos loves fennel fronds with fresh broad beans, it's one of his favorite ladera (cooked in olive oil) dishes. We totally get what you mentioned about its strong flavor, but you're right, it'll probably be much milder when combined with the mayo and the dill. Do you guys eat octopus? If yes, we'd like to suggest a recipe on the blog with fennel bulb and olives both. We'll definitely give this a try very soon! Thank you for another delicious idea! Have a FANTASTIC 2017 guys! xoxoxo