Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

©MakeMineLemon - Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

©MakeMineLemon – Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

I hate licorice.  I used to throw the black jellybeans in the trash if I ended up with one.   I found them that offensive. Raw fennel has a licorice taste.  I find that weird because while I hate licorice I love fennel.  I find it so refreshing. So when I ran across this recipe for Fennel and Pomegranate Salad I knew I had to give it a try.

We eat with our eyes first.  If your food is beautiful you do not need to be convinced to try it.  I think this is a beautiful salad with the little jewels that actually sparkle.  How appetizing is this?   My only regret is not working tethered or I would have realized the little jewels fell to the bottom of the plate and just a few are peeking out.

My new blog friend Monique posted a recipe from a Canadian Chef, Ricardo Larrivée.  She is such a good cook it caused me to go check him out.  I found a new chef and I think I am happy.  Not only did I like Monique’s recipe, while browsing through Ricardo’s recipe index, I found this Fennel and Pomegranate Salad recipe.  It is so delicious.  While I am familiar with fennel and have several recipes for it this one is a little different.  I think you will like it.  I know I must sound like I am selling Ginsu knives, but I just want you to experience a really easy delicious salad.

©MakeMineLemon - Fennel and Pomegranate Mise en place

©MakeMineLemon – Fennel and Pomegranate Mise en place

While checking out at the market, the young man bagging my groceries asked what was that thing that I was buying.  The cashier turned and said, “It’s fennel”.  He asked what does it taste like?  We both said, “licorice”.  He wrinkled his nose up and made a face.  Both the cashier and I said in unison, “Oh, don’t let that stop you from trying it.  I hate licorice also, but this is wonderful.  It tastes so fresh”.  We both laughed that we were in sync.  It sounded like we had rehearsed the answer.

To top it off it’s pomegranate season. Pomegranates are so refreshing and according to Wikipedia they have lots of healing properties.  The same goes with fennel.  Fennel is said to be a digestive.  I have no training in that field so I will leave it to you to research.  I only know this is delicious and your tummy will thank you.

©MakeMineLemon - Pomegranate Arils

©MakeMineLemon – Pomegranate Arils

This is such an easy salad – apple, fennel, pomegranate, lime, and fennel seeds – vinegar and oil makes your salad dressing.  Remember salad dressing is a 1:2 ratio – some chefs say 1:3 ratio – your choice.  For every tablespoon of vinegar that is 2 tablespoons of oil.  Why would you ever buy a bottle of dressing?

©MakeMineLemon - Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

©MakeMineLemon – Fennel and Pomegranate Salad


I love checking out other sites.  It helps me step out of my zone, especially other countries. I have learned so much from looking at sites that I love and see where they get their inspiration.  Thank you Monique.  Thank you Ricardo.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Fennel and Pomegranate Salad
  • Vinaigrette
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) white wine vinegar – I used white balsamic vinegar.
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 7.5 ml (1½ teaspoons) sugar
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) fennel seeds – toast for more flavor.
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 fennel bulbs, stems and core removed – save the fronds for garnish
  • 1 green apple cored and thinly sliced – I used red
  • The arils (seeds) of 1 pomegranate
  1. Vinaigrette
  2. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients; I used a jar.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. With the mandolin or a sharp knife, thinly slice the bulbs and apple.
  5. In a bowl, combine the fennel, apple and vinaigrette.
  6. Taste; adjust the seasoning.
  7. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils; garnish with a few fennel fronds.

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46 Responses to Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

  1. Poppy says:

    Hi Madonna,

    Gorgeous styling, especially, the salad in the last photo! Just had to tell you that before I forgot! I like fennel, but hate licorice , too! That goes for bananas, as well: love raw bananas but don’t much care for baked banana bread or muffins or loaves!

    Pomegranates aren’t considered the fruit of the Greek gods, for nothing! Here, combined with healthy fennel, and the sweetness of apples, they truly burst with extra flavour and make this refreshing salad a true gem!


  2. Lynnie says:

    Yum, this salad looks delish! Can’t wait to try it sometime soon as I love salads.

    Hugs, Lynnie

  3. a quiet life says:

    love this combo, i make many versions of this but i love the taste of honey and lime. i was just dawdling thinking i need to strip my poms before the birds get them all, but then i would have so many it stresses me out trying to use them all up! woe is me, life could be worse! such a wonderful salad i know what i will be dining on tonight~

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I was very happy with this recipe. I will have to try honey next time. I did see where a blogger juiced her pomegranates and will be making jelly. That sounds good to me and another made a syrup for salads and roasted meats. I wish I had that problem. Lucky you. :)

  4. Looks like a fabulous salad. Yup, me too, hate licorice, love fennel! Go figure!
    I’m thrilled that pomegranates are in season. My Aldi had them for 59 cents last week. You know I’m cooking with them this week. I’m actually making a fun salsa today. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Hi Madonna, It’s so attractive and colorful (a sign that it’s healthful!) ~ I’m sure delicious, too.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe ~ (and great photos.) Have a great day. ~m
    P.S. I wish I had Jain’s abundance of poms as well, I moved away from my garden with the pomegranate tree and the fruit is a little difficult to source here for some reason.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      It really is delicious, at least I thought it was. I am loving the chef. I have a long way to go before my photos are even half as wonderful as yours, but I’m trying.

  6. Katerina says:

    I love pomegranate in the salad! Delicious choice!

  7. Jenna says:

    This sounds perfect! I agree, I don’t care for black licorice but love fennel, especially in salad~do you have a secret for extracting pomegranate seeds? I love them but am so lazy :) Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thanks for visiting Jenna.

      I have a small paring knife with a very small curved blade. I just used it to break the skin of the pomegranate and then I pull them apart. With that I pull apart the section of the pod; from there I just tickled the arils loose. You can break them apart underwater. The pith rises to the top and the arils sink, or you can open them and whack the peel side with a wooden spoon and the arils will fall out, but I usually use the first method. I hope you will try it, it is so refreshing.

      Oh, one more thing. You can buy the arils in the precut fruit and juice section in your market if you really don’t want to take the time.

  8. This looks like a recipe one of my friends would love since it has all her favorite flavors! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  9. How lovely to discover your blog, and to discover such a beautiful salad. Fennel and pomegranate are two of my favourite salad ingredients, and I have both on hand at the moment. I’m thinking that, along with some crispy potatoes, this salad will make a wonderful accompaniment to tomorrow night’s roast chicken. Thanks for the inspiration.
    BTW, I love liquorice :-)

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Your dinner sounds delicious. I think you will be happy with the salad. Don’t forget to use lime. If we lived closer I would save my black jellybeans for you. :)

      • Just came back to tell you I loved the salad. In fact I like it so much, I threw one together again on the fly this morning to take to work for my lunch. I didn’t have any apple or lime this time, but I did have some dates and rocket which went into the mix, along with a quick apple cider vinegar dressing. Delicious.

  10. Kitty says:

    I guess I’m one of the weird ones, because I like licorice. Your salad looks so bright and colorful and healthy, Madonna! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  11. Miz Helen says:

    Your photo’s are beautiful. I can’t wait to try your Fennel Pomegranate Salad, it looks so fresh and full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thank you so much. I don’t know about the photos; I am still learning. I am sure you will like the salad. The combination just works.

  12. rattlebridge farm says:

    This is going on my menu ASAP. Your salad is like a golden ray of sunshine, calling my name.

  13. I really like the sound of this salad…crisp and refreshing.

  14. Susan says:

    I agree that fennel is similar to licorice, but the flavor is more delicate and fresh. Your salad looks like a wonderful mingling of flavors, and healthy too!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      You are correct. It is because it is delicate and fresh, while licorice candy is harsh. Thanks for Visiting Susan. Give Bentley a hug.

  15. Jann Olson says:

    This recipe sounds so unique and unusual. Just so happens I have everything to make it and family is coming to dinner. I have fennel in my herb garden and noticed that it was still green and leafy. I am going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing it with SYC.

  16. Looks delicious! I have fennel in the fridge and this seems like the perfect thing to use it for! Thanks for the idea!

  17. kathy says:

    This sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing and I love your photos.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Kathy, I would love your feedback after you try it. I thought is so fresh tasting.

      • kathy says:

        It was wonderful! I think I will make it for a holiday party…the flavor combo was very refreshing and I’m not a dietician, but I bet its healthy and low-cal!

        • Ms. Lemon says:

          Your feedback just thrills me. I am not a dietician either, but all the ingredients are healthy on their own and the combination are outstanding, in my opinion. Can you tell I was happy to find this recipe? :)

  18. This sounds lovely. Thank you for bringing this to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Jenna says:

    I don’t like black licorice either, but I do love fennel and now that you can buy pomegranate seeds in a package, they are so user friendly~this sounds so delightful, fresh and different, thank you!

  20. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

  21. MAry says:

    I love your recipes! I featured you this week. Have a blessed weekend! Mary

  22. Monique says:

    Mint would be a lovely addition to this pretty salad..:) My daughter makes a very similar one and lots of fresh chopped mint is added..so good..gives it another dimension..I love poms.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I have never tried mint before although I do have some in a pot on my patio. I will try it next time. I really do love this salad and if not for you I would have missed out so thank you for introducing me to the new chef. (New to me.) :)

  23. Delicious! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-75.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  24. Aha! I found it! Definitely going to pin this and make it sounds wonderful!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Amy, this is such a good salad. As much as I like lemon, try using the lime for this. For some reason it just takes it to a new level. This is one of my favorite salads and I think it might be the easiest.

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