Fennel salad

The long winter days tend to bring along a fatigue and lethargy. With the first breakthroughs of sun and blue skies, we can feel the energy surging up with a desire for bare arms and healthy toned bodies and a hint of sun kissed skin. A big kick start to get those desires fulfilled is moving towards fresh salads with some proteien on the side. And after finishing a crisp salad, why not take out those walking shoes for a brisk walk or dust that bicycle for a pedal to the garden centre and stock up on fresh herbs that can be planted from now on.

Fennel is loaded with vitamin c and and phytonutrients, rich in minerals and a perfect food to drive away winter fatigue. Marinate it for a while in a piquante vinaigrette, serve with a tinge of sweetness like pears and a good matured cheddar cheese, or even a blue cheese of your choice. It marries well with fish and chicken.

To good health!!

…fennel and pear  salad…



…fighting fatigue…


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27 responses

  1. Bonny

    This looks so delicious! And the push to healthier eating habbits is always a good idea.

    Love your watercolour sketch!

    Bonne journée!

    16/03/2009 at 05:59

  2. As always a joy to read!!! Lovely photo and those serving bowls are too beautiful!!!

    16/03/2009 at 08:18

  3. Your fennel salad is gorgeous. It is such a fresh treat.

    16/03/2009 at 21:28

  4. wow – this looks seriously tempting! I love fennel anyway, it’s one of my favourite foods… but your picture is just amazing! mmmh!

    16/03/2009 at 21:29

  5. oh yes… you are on my wavelength about winter! i am yearning for spring and this recipe could help me get there, even if it’s just mentally. love the addition of pears. love, love, love this.

    17/03/2009 at 00:10

  6. Autumn is just around the corner for us.:(
    Your fennel salad looks delicious and healthy . I had two pears in the fledge is a nice idea to use it

    17/03/2009 at 19:05

  7. Ronell, your food presentation like your artwork is always so beautiful. What a lovely fresh idea for a salad.

    17/03/2009 at 20:06

  8. I love pears in salad, this looks delicious!

    17/03/2009 at 21:44

  9. I just discovered your blog and it’s fabulous. I’m in love with everything French, but my heart lies in the south in Provence. Your fennel salad is incredible and so are your photographs. Artwork in the truest sense.

    We were in St. Remy- de-Provence for two months a couple of years ago and had the time of our lives. Rented a house, purchased goodies at the outdoor market and were able to cook some at home – a dream come true.

    I shall return to your blog. Until then, a bientot.

    18/03/2009 at 01:47

  10. Thank you for sharing this healthy Fennel vitamin c and phytonutrients loaded recipe. Perfect fix for all winter fatigued gardeners heading into the spring garden. Plus … its delightfully tasty! You’ve focused on the best of both worlds :)

    19/03/2009 at 02:21

  11. Ronel, I’ve missed your gorgeous pics and I love your recipe. I’m not generally a fennel fan, but you make it sound tempting. Hope all is well with you, and I love your new site.

    20/03/2009 at 14:10

  12. Hey – you’re back! I agree that there is a definite mood shift when signs of spring appear. For me, it’s the sight of the daffodils bobbing gently in the breeze that signals a desire for salad and a new-found love of exercise! I love fennel, whether gently roasted, or in a crisp salad. Love your little bowls!

    20/03/2009 at 19:13

  13. lk

    yum! Ive been loving fennel lately and with pear sounds great

    21/03/2009 at 02:33

  14. MMMMMM…I love this super yummie salad!! Beautiful presentation too!!!

    22/03/2009 at 12:37

  15. I love fennel and recently made a similar salad. Great minds think alike.

    23/03/2009 at 18:14

  16. Mmmmmm! Ronell- this is a wonderful blog and your photos are so yummy. Seriously, how do you keep two fabulous blogs going so beautifully? Amazing girl!

    24/03/2009 at 01:46

  17. What a beautiful salad and presentation! Fatigue, I am always fighting that loosing battle :)

    24/03/2009 at 13:34

  18. Gosh I love celery salt, it is underrated, can’t believe I never thought of using it in a vinaigrette.

    Darling blue bowls!


    25/03/2009 at 11:40

  19. If I can be served my salads as you have presented them here then I think I’d have salad daily :)

    30/03/2009 at 03:23

  20. Kim

    Well, I do love fennel and since I’ve only ever bought it (not so fresh) from the store, I’ve decided to plant it this year. My little buds are gently pushing away the earth. I hope to try this salad in a month or so with my first fresh fennel.

    05/04/2009 at 03:33

  21. That must be a wonderful combination! I just love fennel…

    I’m pretty much out of the food blogging circles these days but wanted to stop in and say hi. I do keep up with my other blogs.

    11/04/2009 at 17:53

  22. Hi Ronell – came by to wish you a Happy Easter.

    12/04/2009 at 02:09

  23. Hi,

    I guess that I’ve never had fennel or anything with fennel
    If fennel is “funcho” in portuguese, there are even fennel wrapped candy.

    Kind regards,


    27/04/2009 at 01:36

  24. Gorgeous plating! I love the little glass dishes

    03/06/2009 at 08:57

  25. I just found your blog also and am in love:)

    28/06/2009 at 01:35

  26. You a have beautiful blog!!!!! I love the pictures and recipes.


    03/07/2009 at 01:15

  27. What a lovely pear & fennel salad, combined with Cheddar cheese: what a feast for the tastebuds!

    07/07/2009 at 16:45


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