Shaved Fennel Salad

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Simple and easy shaved fennel salad with olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, parsley, and Parmesan.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

When I announced I was making a fennel Parmesan salad, my father remarked something to the effect, “That sounds like something for ‘ladies who lunch’.” It does, doesn’t it?

It may seem like an odd idea to put Parmesan alongside fennel, but it’s actually quite good. The cheese perfectly complements the slight licorice hint of the fennel.

Thyme and parsley provide the accents along with a simple olive oil and lemon dressing.

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Shaved Fennel Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-3


  • 1 fennel bulb, shaved paper thin with a mandoline or meat slicer
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leafed parsley
  • 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese


Gently toss all of the ingredients together.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Jodi

    Delicious. Paired it with salmon for a fresh summer dinner.


  2. vanessa leme

    Delicious ! I added some red pepper flakes. Will definitely make this again.


  3. Luiz

    Reminds me of Italy .
    We had a similar dish in Italy.
    Absolutely delicious.

  4. John

    Very nice, quick & easy

    I didn’t have fresh parsley or thyme

    – apple finely sliced
    – leek finely sliced
    – salt & pepper


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  5. Jane Chan

    Reminds me of Italy .
    We had a similar dish in Italy.
    Absolutely delicious.

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