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Happy Friday + From the kitchen: Roasted Fennel & Citrus Salad

March 22, 2013


Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine kind of seemed to fly right by, taking a long list of to-do’s that never got done with it. Cue anxiety…followed by a deep breath…followed by a pep talk. All is well. Lists will be adjusted. Stuff will get done. Not a big deal. Besides, I made this delicious citrus salad with roasted fennel for you. A clear sign that everything is gonna be just fine. Are you a fan of fennel? I can only appreciate in its cooked state. In its raw form, far too much anise flavor comes through, and that’s one flavor I do not do. But something wonderful happens when you roast fennel. It becomes savory and caramelizes a bit around the edges; and best of all, loses that horrible black licorice taste. Combined with fresh, colorful citrus fruit, fennel shines. This salad is currently one of my favorites and something that I find myself craving far too often. I think it would make an awesome brunch salad alongside a light quiche or crostini. I hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend! -xo






Roasted Fennel Citrus Salad

Makes 4-6 servings


  • 1 large orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2-3 small blood oranges
  • 1 large tangerine
  • 1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Arrange oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a single layer, lay sliced fennel on a baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping fennel halfway through. Remove and let cool to room temp.

With a paring knife, cut peel from citrus fruit and slice into 1/4″ thick rounds. Set aside 3 tablespoons of citrus juice (a mix is nice). Since my citrus was already cut, I did this by squeezing a few pieces between my fingers over a small bowl. Lay cut fruit and roasted fennel on a platter or shallow bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk oil and 3 tablespoons juice until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss with citrus and fennel until well coated. Enjoy!


21 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 22, 2013 9:08 am

    I love salads with citrus in them!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 22, 2013 8:52 pm

      Amanda, me too! So refreshing!

  2. Holly permalink
    March 22, 2013 9:20 am

    That looks really good! I have a grapefruit and an orange and a fennel bulb in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 22, 2013 9:56 pm

      Sounds like a salad party to me!! I hope you enjoy! xo

  3. VVernhard permalink
    March 22, 2013 11:29 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  4. March 22, 2013 3:15 pm

    All salads should be so pretty!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 22, 2013 9:56 pm

      oh, thank you!

  5. March 22, 2013 6:09 pm

    YUM, looks amazing and having had a similar salad before I know the flavours are prob just as fabulous :-)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 22, 2013 10:02 pm

      Thank you Leah!

  6. March 22, 2013 10:50 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! Love the roasted fennel in here.

  7. March 23, 2013 7:23 am

    I love this recipe!! thank you!!!
    I really like your blog .. congratulations! beautiful creations! I invite you on my blog .. let me know what you think .. I’m also a creative

  8. March 23, 2013 6:39 pm

    I’m with you on raw fennel – isn’t it amazing how roasting it changes the flavor so much?! This salad is gorgeous!

  9. VVernhard permalink
    March 24, 2013 5:56 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food and commented:
    Looks also very yummy ;-)

  10. VVernhard permalink
    March 24, 2013 5:57 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food and commented:
    Looks also very yummy ;-)

  11. March 26, 2013 4:53 am

    Beautiful and full of flavor; perfect salad! I love roasted fennel!

  12. March 26, 2013 4:55 am

    Delicious! I could eat a big O’ bowl right now!

  13. March 27, 2013 6:03 am

    Reblogged this on Free From & Delicious and commented:
    Check out this roasted fennel and citrus salad from a fellow blogger

  14. March 27, 2013 3:28 pm

    This looks fantastic. I am going to throw it on a bed of arugula.

  15. April 2, 2013 5:07 am

    what a stunning contrast of colour, looks like a painting!
    beautiful and so fresh!


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