The Italians often enjoy fennel the way North Americans eat celery: raw in salads. This salad is aromatic and crisp with a fresh lemon dressing.

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Instructions Checklist
  • Steam beans for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Rinse under cold water. Place them in a salad bowl.

  • Trim fennel leaves, reserving 2 Tbsp. minced leaves. Slice the stalks. Quarter bulb lengthwise, remove core and thinly slice. Add to the salad bowl along with mushrooms and lemon zest. Whisk vinegar, water, lemon juice and oil in a small bowl until well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad and add the reserved fennel leaves. Toss lightly. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 14.9g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 8.5g; fat 2.8g; saturated fat 0.4g; vitamin a iu 1633.3IU; vitamin c 23mg; folate 52.2mcg; calcium 85.2mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 33.3mg; potassium 776.6mg; sodium 180.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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The crunchy texture made a nice contrast with spaghetti but the proportions of this salad are wrong. There should be just one bulb of fennel for 4 oz. of green beans and 4 oz. of mushrooms. This volume made a finished salad of 12 to 15 servings not six. The dressing was bland and it did not cling to the salad ingredients. Read More