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.

Probably, one of the easiest and tastiest things you can do with a fennel bulb, Grilled Fennel Salad

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.

I used to wonder what that wierd thing was until I realised it is a fennel bulb :P Great recipe!

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.

This grilled Fennel salad recipe is one of the easiest and most refreshing recipe ever! and Honey-lime dressing? Yes, please!

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:

This grilled Fennel salad recipe is one of the easiest and most refreshing recipe ever! and Honey-lime dressing? Yes, please!

Grilled Fennel Salad


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 1 or 2



    For the salad
  • 1 Medium sized fennel bulb
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • Upto 2 tsp olive oil
  • For the dressing
  • 1/8 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • Salt to season
  • 1 tsp Crushed black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil


  1. Clean and slice the fennel bulb and set aside.
  2. Heat up a cast iron pan to high and add one tsp of oil.
  3. Now add the fennel bulbs in and let them develop a grilled char on either side.
  4. Take the fennel out of the pan. Add another half or 1 tsp of oil if required.
  5. Now, add the sliced cherry tomatoes in and allow the skin to develop the characteristic shriveling and charred marks.
  6. Place the fennel and charred tomatoes in a bowl.
  7. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing except the oil. Whisk the dressing with a fork and pour the oil in a steady stream into the mixture. Whisk well.
  8. Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss.
  9. Garnish with fennel fronds and serve.

My Take:

You can also add some fresh red onion slices into the salad to introduce very subtle heat into it.

You could also try this salad with artichoke hearts instead of the fennel bulb.

Yummily Yours'


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