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Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad

Simply refreshing, surprisingly delightful, light and lemon-y, this fennel, mint and lemon basil salad makes use of three ingredients found in this week’s farm share box.

Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad plated

fennel bulbs and fronds for Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad

You’ll want to slice the fennel as thinly as possible, a very sharp knife, or ideally, a culinary mandoline.

**IMHO, the pusher tool that comes with a slicing mandoline is worthless. I wear a no-cry glove to keep myself cut-free!!

Slicing fennel on mandoline for Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad

Fresh herbs and fennel fronds for Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad

Lemon basil has a similar slightly sweet flavor, like its cousin basil, with a lighter less pungent intensity. If you can only find regular basil, use only one tablespoon and add the grated zest of one lemon.

For a creamy contrast, serve with ripe avocado slices.

You’ll also love this Fennel, Orange, and Pickled Onion Salad.

**Adapted from Simply Recipes.

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Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad plated
Fennel, Mint and Lemon Basil Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
23 hrs 45 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings.
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel fronds
  1. Trim the fennel bulbs. Slice them very thinly with a sharp knife or with a culinary mandoline.

  2. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, honey and salt until the honey is dissolved.

  3. Pour over the fennel and mix in. Stir in the chopped herbs.
  4. Cover and let the flavors meld for about 15 minutes before serving.


  • Beautiful Letty and one of my favorite vegetables! Reply · 24 July, 2013

  • Patti

    Made this salad tonight and loved the fresh blend of flavors! Will make again! Thanks Letty!! Patti and Steve Reply · 28 July, 2013

    • Patti,
      Thanks for the note–I love that you make many of these recipes and I love your comments!
      Letty Reply · 29 July, 2013

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