Insalata di finocchi e arance/Fennel and Orange Salad

Disclosure: In any review for a product or service, products or compensation may have been provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” and "Terms of Use" tabs for more information.


A crisp white bulb of fennel brings to mind my father and the people of his generation, who loved to

eat it as a palate-cleansing finish to a long meal. Fennel, with its delicate, anise-like flavor, thrives on

the Italian plains and is a favorite winter vegetable, particularly at Christmas time. High in fiber and

potassium, fennel has been prized for its nutritional and medicinal value since ancient times.

This simple, refreshing salad has been on the Al Tiramisu menu since I first created this version many

years ago. It’s a perennial hit with my guests who invariably ask me for the recipe. Many home cooks

seem mystified by fennel’s unusual appearance and for them I offer tips, below, for dealing with fennel.

Serve this salad at the end of the meal because, as our ancestors knew, fennel has properties that help

Serves 4


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt, to taste

2 fresh bulbs of fennel, approximately 11-ounces each, stalks and fronds removed

2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments

4 black olives, pitted


1. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk the olive oil and lemon juice with a little bit of salt to form a

creamy vinaigrette.

2. Using a mandolin, or a sharp knife, slice the fennel into thin, paper-like pieces.

3. Add fennel slices to the vinaigrette and mix well to incorporate.

4. Divide the fennel onto four salad plates.

5. Arrange the oranges in a decorative pattern around the salad and top the center with an olive.

the body with digestion.

This recipe is posted with permission from Chef Luigi’s new book, THE AL TIRAMISU RESTAURANT COOKBOOK: An Elevated Approach to Authentic Italian Cuisine.


  1. Janet W. says

    This looks like a delicious salad! I’ve never bought fennel before, but I love your ingredients. I will have to try it!

  2. nicole dz says

    What a healthy salad! I love fennel, I use it in cooking a lot. Very delish salad for a refreshing start to a meal.

  3. Crystal @ Sew Creative says

    This looks and sounds delicious. I don’t buy fennel very often but every time I do I think that I should buy it more often. I just never know what to make with it. This seems like a great recipe to have in my back pocket.

Speak Your Mind