Fennel Salad (With a Bright & Tangy Dressing)

This tangy orange and fennel salad is bright and fresh with a quick zesty orange dressing!

This combo of citrusy, savory, nutty, and crunchy ingredients is an amazing side or perfect topped with salmon or grilled shrimp.

top view of Fennel Salad in a bowl with dressing on the side

A Fresh Side

Shaved fennel is often used as a garnish, served roasted or even on pizza! The flavor of fennel is similar to anise or black licorice and it’s both fresh and crunchy.

Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw in slaws or salads like in this recipe.

ingredients to make a Fennel Salad


FENNEL Fresh fennel should but cut into thin slices for this recipe.

GREENS Any greens you’d like work well, I prefer a greens mix with tender leaves for this recipe.

CITRUS Sectioned orange slices add fresh zesty flavor (grapefruit is another great addition). While it takes a little bit of time, sectioning oranges makes for a great salad and it can be done days ahead of time.

DRESSING Orange juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and oil are used to make this citrusy, zesty dressing!

pouring dressing over Fennel Salad


  • Switch out orange segments for canned mandarin orange segments and add the juice to the dressing or use small pieces of fresh grapefruit and the grapefruit zest in the dressing.
  • Sliced black olives make for a dramatic and colorful garnish!
  • Freshly roasted and cooled beets make a colorful addition.
  • Granny smith apples and cucumber or radishes, fennel salad takes on a whole new look!
  • Try the citrus-like salad dressing as a marinade or add some soy sauce to it and use it as an Asian-style stir fry marinade!

How to Cut Fennel for Salad

If you’ve never cut fennel before, it’s easy.

  1. Cut bulb from the green stalks (which can be eaten raw or added to stir frys or soup recipes).
  2. Cut bulb in halves so it lies flat & slice thinly vertically (a mandoline works well if you have one).


How to Make Fennel Salad

Fennel salad looks gourmet, but it’s actually super easy to make!

  1. Add sliced fennel to the celery & mixed greens. Toss.
  2. Prepare dressing (per recipe below) in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake.
  3. Drizzle over salad & garnish with nuts & orange segments.

Fresh & Flavorful Salads

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Fennel Salad

Bright & colorful, this Fennel Salad is a healthy, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light lunch or side dish!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 1 large bulb fennel
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 orange divided
  • ¼ cup candied pecans , or walnuts, chopped


  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the rind off of the orange and cut into segments. Thinly slice celery on the diagonal.
  • Cut off the top stems of the fennel (these can be reserved for stir fries) and remove any discolored outer leaves. If the bulb is really large, cut in half from root to stem.
  • Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife) thinly slice the fennel bulb and place in a bowl, add celery and mixed greens. Drizzle with dressing and toss well.
  • Garnish the salad with walnuts and orange pieces.


Calories: 279 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Air Fryer Cauliflower (quick side dish)

The air fryer strikes again for this easy-to-make recipe for air fryer cauliflower! 

Seasoned, crispy, fried cauliflower florets are a low-carb and Keto but to be honest, everyone in my family loves this!

top view of Air Fryer Cauliflower on a plate with a fork

Cauliflower is a superfood and it roasts perfectly in the air fryer! Cook up a batch as a side dish, or as a guilt-free snack!

Easy Air-Fried Cauliflower

Air fried cauliflower is one of our favorite recipes it requires little prep and minimal seasoning and cooks in about 15 minutes.

The caramelization from the air fryer makes this dish even more flavorful.

Eat this as a side dish or use in place of steamed cauliflower in dishes like mashed cauliflower, to add to casseroles or even in roasted cauliflower soup.

Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer before cooking


CAULIFLOWER – I prefer to use fresh cauliflower in the air fryer but if you only have frozen, use that!

Frozen cauliflower does not need to be thawed first. Simply brush with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).

SEASONINGS We use garlic powder, salt & pepper, and parmesan in this recipe. Switch it up by trying different seasonings. Or coat the cauliflower florets with buffalo sauce and make “wings.”

cooked Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer

How to Cook Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

It’s super easy and fast to cook up some tasty cauliflower!

  1. Prepare the cauliflower and toss with a bit of oil and seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Place cauliflower pieces in the air fryer basket and fry until tender.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook another few minutes until the cheese is melted and crispy.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

More Air Fryer Sides

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

Seasoned Air Fryer Cauliflower is ready in less than 20 minutes, making it the perfect side dish!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 132
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • cup parmesan cheese finely shredded


  • Cut cauliflower into florets. Wash and drain very well.
  • Combine olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss with cauliflower.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
  • Place cauliflower in the air fryer basket and cook 12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until florets reach desired doneness.


If the cauliflower is wet (after washing) it will steam instead of roast so be sure to drain very well. If possible, I try to wash the cauliflower the day before roasting.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

To reheat, air fry 3-4 minutes or until heated through.


Calories: 132 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer and plated with a title
Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies