Fennel Salad with Walnuts & Avocado

This fennel salad is tossed in a bright lemon pesto vinaigrette, making a fresh, creamy/crunchy & satisfying dish. It's a great side or meal on its own!

Fennel Salad with Walnuts & Avocado

We all know that Thanksgiving is really all about brown foods. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy… of course it’s all delicious, but before you put on your turkey day stretchy pants, I have a really awesome lemony fennel salad that would be SO delicious next to all of those things.

About this fennel salad

I toss paper-thin slices of fennel with kale, arugula, radishes, lemon, Dijon, and a little pesto in this salad. Then, I add avocado and toasted walnuts for that good creamy/crunchy balance. It’s bright, colorful and refreshing, and not too light or too heavy. Holiday or not, this salad is one of my favorites.

Fennel Salad with Walnuts & Avocado
This fennel salad is tossed in a bright lemon pesto vinaigrette, making a fresh, creamy/crunchy, and satisfying dish. This salad is a great holiday side or a light weeknight meal.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 as a side
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Big squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup pesto, more to taste (any pesto you like, or one of these)
  • 4 cups mixed arugula and baby kale* (see note)
  • 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 3 radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • ⅓ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In the bottom of a large salad bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and pesto. Add the greens and toss to coat.
  2. Add the fennel, radishes, avocado, and walnuts. Season generously with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and more lemon juice, to taste. Add more pesto if desired or serve extra pesto on the side.
*You can use any salad greens here. If you use regular kale (not baby kale), either chop it small or lightly massage it with ½ teaspoon of olive oil before adding it to the salad bowl.



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  1. Allyson from consideringtheradish.wordpress.com

    As far as I’m concerned Thanksgiving is all about the sides, and this one looks fantastic.

    • jeanine

      That’s what I think too 🙂

  2. khadija from kitchenjs.com

    This would make a great healthy option for all the very fatty foods available on thanksgiving. the photos are just too amazing!

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