This fennel salad recipe comes really handy if you have fennel bulbs in your vegetable subscription box like we often do and don’t know how to use it. Or maybe you are here because you want to learn about fennel’s weight loss properties.
Cooking with fennel would be another option but as we love to eat a juicy salad each day, this fennel slaw is a welcome and delicious variation. As clean eaters we can’t experiment enough with different types of vegetables.
Fennel salad recipe: Love it or hate it
I’m aware that fennel is a vegetable not for everyone. Some love it, others hate especially fennel’s taste of anise and licorice. Some people confuse fennel and anise and although fennel tastes a bit like anise it is totally different. See picture below.
But even if you think you don’t like fennel, I recommend trying this simple fennel salad recipe and judge again. The mustard in the dressing softens the licorice taste and flavors marry so well. Hint: This bright and crunchy salad loves being paired with dill. Creating this fennel slaw could be the turning point in your difficult fennel relationship. Here comes the recipe!
Don’t miss the 4 weight loss effects of fennel at the end of this post.
- 2 medium fennel bulbs (cut fronds, trim, core and shred bulb thinly with a box grater or mandolin).
- 2 teaspoon onions, minced
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fronds from fennel bulbs
- 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh dill leaves (optional)
- 2 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Make the vinaigrette: Put vinegar, mustard and salt in a blender and pulse briefly to combine. Drizzle in the olive oil with motor running until is well combined.
- Gently toss fennel, onions, herbs and dressing together.
- Let it sit in your fridge for 1/2 hour
- Tip: If you have young fennel bulbs make sure to use the tender fennel stems too.
- I love this served with a simple seafood dish and new potatoes.
- For variation you could serve it as a bed for crabs. Fennel salad goes also well with pasta.
How to store fennel
You can store fennel in the crisp box of your fridge for several days. For freezing you first cut it in small pieces and then blanch it.
Health benefits of fennel
Fennel facilitates better health and helps to relieve a number of ailments due to its anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-microbial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties.
It contains a lot of vitamin A and surprise, surprise… double as much vitamin C as an orange. On top of that it is a fiber rich, low calorie vegetable what makes it really beneficial for you, if you are watching your weight. But there is more.
4 weight loss effects of fennel
1. Supresses the appetite: Fennel is excellent for weight loss as it creates a feeling of fullness and tames the appetite.
2. Relieves water retention: A common cause of temporary weight gain is water retention. If you drink fennel tea regularly it helps flush out excess fluids from your body. In addition fennel reduces the risk of urinary tract problems and helps to remove toxins. It also has diaphoretic properties that will stimulate perspiration.
3. Natural fat burner: Fresh fennel works as a natural fat burner by breaking down fat and boosting the metabolism.
4. Aids digestion: Fennel is highly favorable in relieving digestive problems such as bloating, flatulence, indigestion, constipation, colic, intestinal gas, and even irritable bowel. It stimulates digestion and prevents the formation of gas. Moreover, it can help rebuild the digestive tract after chemotherapy treatments and radiation.
And what has an improved digestion to do with weight loss? With a better digestion you assimilate more nutrients from the food you eat. In consequence your body feels satiated after eating and you will get fewer food cravings.
Fennel salad recipe – now it’s your turn!
I think especially if you are watching your weight I gave you enough reasons to try this fennel salad recipe. Just let me know how you like it in the comment section below!
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