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Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad

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This Spanish Orange and Fennel Salad recipe is great for any occasion when you want to use up oranges. This salad is sweet from the oranges, salty from the olives, fresh and crunchy from the fennel. Absolutely delicious!

Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad on a white plate

Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad

This recipe of Spanish Orange and Fennel Salad is truly an authentic Mediterranean recipe. It is an unusual recipe because we are so used to eat oranges in desserts or fruit salads, not in savory recipes.

However, in my humble opinion, if there’s one thing that goes perfectly with a beautifully pan-fried fish fillet, it’s fennel and orange salad.

Salad makes a lighter accompaniment to fish than potatoes especially when it is warm outside.

The combination of fennel with orange and mild red onions is something I have never imagined would work so well together, but boy, let me tell you, you have to try it before you form an opinion!

I am sure there are many versions out there, and everyone thinks their recipe is the best. However, the core ingredients for this salad are oranges and fennel. The rest are options that only complement the flavors.

Refreshing, a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, this salad has great crunchiness from the fennel. You can use any kind of olives you like, black as an accent color to the salad, or Spanish green olives for authenticity.

The olives are a great addition to the salad if you ask me. Make sure you also use good quality olive oil. This recipe has a variety of textures that are combining really well together.

This salad might be a little bit unusual compared with other salads you had in the past, but it deserves some attention. It is a delicious recipe for entertaining, served next to grilled meats and a glass of your favorite wine.

It has beautiful colors, and it is elegant and very appetizing as well! It is also a good way to enjoy some vitamin C in the winter when flu and colds hunt us down. Our immune system can benefit from it!

Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad on a white with flower design pattern platter

Finally, while I sit down here trying to tell you more about this recipe, nothing comes to my mind.  

How many times shall I say that I love fennel and orange together? Or how good is the recipe? Or how much I love salads all year round?

I could go on and on with stories that you are probably not interested in reading, or I can just tell you:  Make this salad.  It’s incredibly delicious. 

It’s sweet and salty and fresh.  And you’ll love it. I could also let the pictures speak for themselves.

Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad- overhead picture

Last word of advice: Make sure you make the salad before you serve it. It takes a very short amount of time to put it together, so you can make it while you cook the meat.

Suggestions for what to serve the salad with:

  • Chicken
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Grilled or roasted pork
  • Pan-seared tuna
  • Grilled or poached salmon

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Enjoy it!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Spanish Orange And Fennel Salad

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This recipe of Spanish Orange and Fennel Salad is great for a party, especially in the summer. It’s sweet, salty, fresh, and crunchy from the fennel.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 large, juicy oranges
  • 1 large fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 1 mild red onion, finely sliced
  • 7-8 plump Spanish Olives or Black olives, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Grate the rind from the oranges into a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Using a small serrated knife, remove all the white pith from the oranges, working over a bowl to catch the juices.
  3. Cut the oranges horizontally into thin slices.
  4. Toss the orange slices with the fennel and onion slices.
  5. Whisk the olive oil with salt, pepper, and the reserved orange juice.
  6. Pour it over the salad.
  7. Sprinkle the olive slices and orange rind over the salad.
  8. Decorate with parsley and serve on French bread.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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Friday 27th of November 2020

This in my opinion is a very savory, sofisticated salad, however easy to make and sure to impress. Love the sweetness given by the oranges, will definitely make it again