A fennel salad can make a healthy yet delicious addition to your summer meals. Well, any season for that matter but I find the addition of cherry tomatoes and lime in the dressing, a boon for summer! While fennel bulbs are not a part of your everyday grocery store, you should be able to find them in farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. When you do find it, do not pass up the chance to explore a new vegetable and its great flavor.
Grilled fennel salad is among the many salads that has been rejuvenating me back to health. A visit from family, a vacation with friends, unrelenting Texas heat, lots of eating out and a stomach bug later, fruits, vegetables and chilled soups were all I can think of! While I made a great variety of them, I could muster enough energy to take pictures of only this latest salad on the table, a fennel salad.
While fennel seeds are commonly used in Indian cooking, I had never heard of a fennel bulb. Thanks to Food Network and the numerous chefs they feature, I just knew what I wanted to make when I found this in the farmers market. While a fennel soup and a couple of other fennel recipes came close to being realized, the juicy charred cherry tomatoes and the golden grilled fennel made this fennel salad my ultimate choice for the day.
Considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, fennel also packs a flavor punch that will keep you wanting more. Top that with a simple honey-lime dressing and I guarantee that a fennel salad will make repeat appearances on your dinner table.
The technique of getting grilled flavors from a cast iron pan is a great way to lock up the juicy textures of veggies. This method ensures a crunchy fennel bulb but does not result in a dried up bulb making it a great addition with cherry tomatoes.
Here is the recipe for:
Grilled Fennel Salad