Orange and Fennel Salad

Kissed by the sun year-round, Sicily is famous for its oranges and other citrus fruits; in fact, it’s the region where most Italian citrus fruits are grown. As such, it’s not too surprising to learn that this this orange and fennel salad originates from this region. While at first, these ingredients might not seem to go very well together, put your doubts aside and see that together, they actually offer a refreshing alternative to everyday salads. There are many versions of this salad featuring these two ingredients: oranges and fennel. Some call for capers, some even add raisins or pine nuts. This is just a base recipe for you, add ingredients according to your preferences!

Orange and Fennel Salad Ingredients 

3 or 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Freshly ground black pepper
4 large oranges
1 large fennel bud, thinly sliced
¼ cup black olives, pitted 

Assembly Instructions 

1.     Prepare the vinaigrette by adding the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a small bowl, and mix well with a fork. Set aside. 
2.     Thoroughly peel the orange and remove all the white pith. Slice the oranges to about ⅛-inch-thick slices and decoratively arrange the fruit on a platter. 
3.     Top the oranges with thin slices of fennel and top with the olives.
4.     Dress the salad with the prepared vinaigrette. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. 

sicilian salad with oranges, fennel and black olives.
This Sicilian salad with oranges, fennel and olives can also be served in between two larger courses to cleanse the palate.

One Comment

  • Thank you for sharing your Italian American take on Thanksgiving. I visited Sicily in July 2022. In Palermo it occurred to me that I hadn’t had an orange. As my cousin and I were looking for a restaurant for dinner, one appeared in the Pedestrian walkway which offered the Orange and Fennel Salad. It was wonderful and I have been making it ever since. And, the owner of the restaurant ascertained that we were from New York State. He brought over a bottle of oil and said I know people from NY like some olive oil with their bread. That was so nice. We of course never asked for it on our travels.

    Thanks for your weekly blog posts. Love them.


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