Fennel, Pear and Pine Nut Salad

Fennel is one of those vegetables that I have often seen in the grocery store and wanted to try but never really knew what to do with it. Janna and I are watching Masterchef Australia and they seem to use fennel regularly.

The show gave me some ideas for how to use fennel and today I bought my first bulb of fennel and made a salad. I have to say, I loved the taste. It is mild, but has a hint of licorice similar to fennel seeds.

I made the dressing with orange juice, orange zest and honey and the flavour complimented the fennel very well. The toasted pine nuts….ooooh toasted pine nuts, they are great as an addition to pretty much anything

I am already thinking of other ways that I will try fennel. There are countless recipes on the internet that are inspiring me. It is always nice to discover a new food that you love!

Here is fennel. Make sure to slice it thinly, almost shaved.

Yield: 4 people

Fennel Pear and Pine Nut Salad

Fennel Pear and Pine Nut Salad
A fresh salad made with fennel, pear and pine nut salad with an orange and honey vinaigrette dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 bartlet pear
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest


  1. Thinly slice the fennel. Core and cut the pear so that the pieces are like small matchsticks. Mince the parsley. Toss in a bowl.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a frying pan at medium heat. Once they start to brown, remove them from the heat. Watch that they do not get to brown as they will get bitter.
  3. To make the dressing add the orange juice, zest, honey and oil in a separate cup or bowl. Stir until combined.
  4. Mix the dressing with the salad. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I am visualizing this as a great side for a spice crab cake

  2. I love fennel! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a blessed week.

  3. I’ve never tried fennel and pear before. Looks and sounds so refreshing and delicious!

  4. Steve, this looks and sounds terrific. I love that it’s got parsley too – one of my favorites. Printing this out now and plan to make it soon. May even share on my site if that’s okay!

  5. I have fennel in my fridge and am going to make this tonight! It looks so lovely and zen with the pale green and white color combination.

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