Shaved Fennel Salad

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

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


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


Gently toss all of the ingredients together.

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  • Jane Chan

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

  • Marsha

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


  • TC

    Can you substitute anything for the thyme? It’s my least favourite herb!

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi TC, you could use finely chopped chives, or perhaps a little bit of fresh chopped oregano. Or you could just skip the thyme entirely.

  • Dorothy

    I love it! I get requests for this salad for family gatherings! I put in spinach, arugula, celery, microgreens….whatever I feel! Delicious every time!


  • Anne

    Add a little shaved jalapeño pepper and this recipe soars

  • Ann Barnes

    Lovely side to Italian pasta

  • Isabel

    This is easy and absolutely delicious. Oh, and healthy, too! It is best with shaved parmesano reggiano but we ran out and I had to use grated romano which was pretty good as well but the reggiano makes it an outstanding salad. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Sheila

    Wonder if I could just toss in. Grated parm

  • Madeline

    This is one of my favorite salads. I like to add shaved radishes, just because I love them. I make this salad often, it’s so great.

  • A reader

    You can also add thinly sliced celery to this recipe. Maybe one rib per fennel bulb.

  • Maggie

    My first time eating fennel…I love it! A nice alternative to cole slaw. I served it as a side dish with grilled sausage.

  • Andrea Childers

    Very good!! Enjoying this as I surf for fennel recipes.

  • Clara

    Delicious. Tom Colicchio at Wichcraft adds tuna and olives to this to make a delicious mayo-free tuna salad. Really, really good!

  • Eddie

    Very nice . A regular salad in my house.

  • Arlene

    Excellent recipe as is. We loved it.

  • Katie

    Try adding a few dots of pesto on the finished plate for an extra jolt of flavor. Really good!

  • Alex

    Try some sweet citrus in there for a real treat, swap olive for walnut oil… wow

  • Shannon

    I make almost the same salad, but I add chive blossoms when in season. I break a few up into the salad and then garnish with two or three more.

    The light purple colour is fantastic.

  • frederick devine

    This recipe works best if small whole skinless almonds and waterkress are added.