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Shaved Fennel Salad with Croutons and Walnuts

Shaved Fennel Salad with Croutons and Walnuts

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This is an antidote to every side salad that ever was. Instead of meh greens, it’s got shavings of fennel that bend and twist but keep their refreshing crunch. It’s got a lean dressing and nuggets of deeply toasted croutons, meaty walnuts, and shards of Parmesan. It has acidity and zing—lemon juice, the zest, vinegar, mint, and red pepper flakes—just in case you were worried about palate fatigue.


  • 2 cups coarsely torn sourdough bread
  • 6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 Tbsp. sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 fennel bulbs with fronds

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place bread on one side of a rimmed baking sheet and walnuts on the other side (they cook at different rates). Drizzle bread with 3 Tbsp. oil; season with salt. Toss, squeezing bread with your hands to help it absorb as much oil as possible, until evenly coated. Bake until walnuts are golden brown and croutons are deeply browned and very crisp, 8–10 minutes for walnuts, 12–15 minutes for croutons. Let cool, then coarsely chop walnuts.

  • Meanwhile, combine vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Let sit 10 minutes to let garlic mellow and flavor the vinegar.

  • Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil into vinegar mixture, then add croutons and chopped walnuts. Season crouton mixture with some salt and toss to coat and let croutons soften slightly; set aside.

  • Remove stalks and fronds from fennel bulbs. Remove fronds from stalks and coarsely chop; thinly slice stalks. Place in a large bowl. Cut fennel bulbs in half and thinly slice on a mandoline (if you have one; if not, practice your knife skills). Add to same bowl along with mint. Zest lemon half over salad, then squeeze in juice. Season with salt and toss to combine.

Reviews SectionLoved this! I've made this a few times adjusting with what I had in the house, including subbing the walnuts for pistachios (YUM, but toast in pan rather than oven), subbing coriander for mint (also great) and adding some smokey bacon (can highly recommend, pork and fennel are a winning combo)Emma JonesCape Town, South Africa08/05/20Really easy to make and delicious. Will definitely be making again.AnonymousBrooklyn, NY06/17/20So delicious! Used what was in the house so ended up subbing almonds for walnuts and basil for mint. Awesome way to eat fennel.I'm not crazy about fennel but happened to have some on hand so I decided to try this salad. It's probably one of the most delicious salads I've ever had!JuliusrainSan Francisco11/24/19Definitely my favorite way to eat fennel. The salad is super fresh, crisp, and flavorful!AnonymousNorth Carolina09/05/19Nice one Andy, delicious!AnonymousNew York08/11/19

Parsley Salad With Fennel and Horseradish

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott for The New York Times. Prop Stylist: Kalen Kaminski.

I have always been the one at the Seder table to eat the parsley dipped in saltwater with enthusiasm. “You going to finish that?” I might ask my neighbor at the table when I see they have left theirs untouched after just a nibble. This salad is an obvious nod to the Seder plate, including both parsley (bitter herbs) and fresh horseradish, except it’s less ceremonial and more just a very delicious salad. I love, love parsley and think a well-seasoned bowl of it is something that most tables can benefit from, especially if those tables include braised pots of red meat. While parsley and fennel can be prepared ahead of time, the salad itself is best dressed right before you eat.


Preheat oven to 400°F. Place bread on one side of a rimmed baking sheet and walnuts on the other side (they cook at different rates). Drizzle bread with 3 Tbsp. oil season with salt. Toss, squeezing bread with your hands to help it absorb as much oil as possible, until evenly coated. Bake until walnuts are golden brown and croutons are deeply browned and very crisp, 8&ndash10 minutes for walnuts, 12&ndash15 minutes for croutons. Let cool, then coarsely chop walnuts.

Meanwhile, combine vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Let sit 10 minutes to let garlic mellow and flavor the vinegar.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 bunch baby red beets, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 bunch baby golden beets, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 bunch baby candy-striped beets, cleaned and trimmed
  • 3/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 blood oranges
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons chardonnay or champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bulb fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise using a mandoline, fronds reserved and chopped
  • 1 ounce shaved Chevrot cheese or crumbled Montrachet goat cheese
  • 1 bunch arugula, preferably wild

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place beets in a roasting pan. Pour over 8 cups water, red-wine vinegar, sugar, and 3 tablespoons salt. Cover with parchment-paper-lined foil and roast until tender, about 40 minutes.

Drain beets and peel by rubbing with a kitchen towel. Cut beets in half lengthwise set aside.

Juice 4 blood oranges into a small pot. Place over low heat and cook until reduced by half let cool.

Transfer juice reduction in the jar of a blender, along with 3 red baby beets and 1/4 cup chardonnay vinegar blend until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil and blend until emulsified season with salt and pepper. Strain through a fine sieve into a medium bowl set aside.

Slice the top and bottom of remaining oranges with a paring knife. Set one of the flat sides on your work surface. From top to bottom, following the curve of the fruit, cut away peel and white pith. Trim off any remaining pith. Holding the orange over a bowl, cut along both sides of each segment, staying close to the membrane, to release set aside.

Toss the fennel slices, fronds, and arugula in a large bowl along with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 tablespoons chardonnay vinegar season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly among 4 plates.

In a large bowl toss together remaining beets, orange segments, and half of the vinaigrette season with salt and pepper. Evenly arrange on top of greens. Garnish with cheese and drizzle remaining vinaigrette around the perimeter of the salad.

One Chap's Pantry

2 medium Fennel Bulbs
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
Shaved Parmesan Cheese to taste

  • Trim the Fennel of any Stalks, and Fronds trim any fibrous material with a peeler. Reserve Fronds for garnish.
  • Cut Fennel Bulbs in half vertically and remove the fibrous cores.
  • Laying each side flat, cut the Fennel horizontally into thin crescents.
  • In a large bowl, toss the Fennel crescents with the Olive Oil, Lemon, Salt & Pepper
  • Move to serving dish(es).
  • Chop of the Fronds.
  • Garnish the Fennel with the Sesame Seeds, Fronds, and some shaved Parmesan slices.

NOTES: Fennel has a nice strong anise flavor that is complemented by the Sesame seeds and salty Parmesan Cheese. This salad is a great salad for a Spring day.

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2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the oil and tarragon with the remaining 2 tbsp. vinegar and 1/2 tsp. sugar. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

3. Toss the sliced fennel, apples, sunchokes, nuts, cheese, and fennel fronds with the dressing season. Drain the mustard seed “caviar” and sprinkle over the fennel and sunchoke salad.

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  • Cheese – I like to scatter shaved pecorino cheese over my Caesar salad, but a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese would add the same nutty, savory flavor.
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