This Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad is perfect for spring! Fresh fruit, roasted balsamic fennel, peppery arugula and a superb strawberry vinaigrette.

Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad

Fresh fruit, roasted balsamic fennel, peppery arugula and a superb strawberry vinaigrette make up this gorgeous salad!
Course Entree, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack


Roasted Fennel

  • 3 1/2 C . Fennel Bulb Sliced 1/4" Thick (Half Moons could work, as well)
  • 3/4 C . Water
  • 3 T . Balsamic Vinegar

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 1 C . Strawberries Leaves Removed
  • 2 T . Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 T . Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Pinch of Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Salad Fixings

  • 5 C . Baby Arugula Firmly Packed, or Spinach if you want a milder leaf
  • 2 pieces Small Tangelos/Tangerines Peeled and Chopped into bite-size
  • 1 C . Blackberries
  • 3 T . Pecans Chopped


Roasted Fennel

  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF. In a large, shallow baking dish spread out the fennel slices evenly. Stir together the balsamic vinegar and water, then pour over the fennel.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes, then mix the fennel around and flip over. Place the dish back in the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until tender.
  3. You can either dress the salad with warm fennel, or place it in the refrigerator for a totally cool salad.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  1. Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette into a high-speed blender or a food processor. Puree until completely smooth, then pour into a small bottle or bowl for use later.

Building the Salad

  1. Distribute the greens between four bowls. Take the fennel slices and let most of the balsamic liquid drip off, the distribute those between the 4 bowls.
  2. Add the tangelo/tangerine pieces to each one, along with the blackberries, then garnish with the pecans and the amount of vinaigrette that you prefer.
  3. There will most likely be vinaigrette left over, so don't worry about using all of it.