fennel-and-pomegranate salad

Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

fennel and pomegranate salad

This fennel and pomegranate salad is the recipe that never happened on New Year’s day! In a way it is a good thing because I get to share it with you today.

But first and foremost, I wish you a heartfelt Happy New Year! May it bring you great joy, love, health and a teeny bit of wealth won’t hurt…right!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I never imagined that after one whole year of blogging I would meet such amazing and inspirational people who share a great love of family, friends and of coarse food! It has been a tremendous blessing to be part of this community. Thank-you to all who follow along, like and comment on my posts…you are the reason I keep coming back with some delicious eats.

And to get back to my fennel pomegranate salad…well actually it isย Ricardo’sย recipe. If you are not familiar with Ricardo, he is Canada’s celebrity chef and quite the cutey I might add. Sorry hubby, right after you of coarse! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow I meant to prepare this wonderful salad with it’s ruby redย arilsย for our New Year’s day feast but simply ran out of time. It is however, in my opinion, a great salad to make when dealing with an over indulgence from the holiday celebrations. Crisp, light and refreshing…just perfect.


Fennel and pomegranate salad

Pomegranates are among one of the healthiest fruits with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and extremely rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. All the more reason to include them in our diet.


Fennel is one of my favorite vegetables. I love it’s sweet licorice taste and makes a lovely crunchy snack all on its’ own.

fennel pomegranate salad

The tart green apple makes a nice contrast to the sweet fennel. Slice both the fennel and apple as thinly as you can or use a mandolin if you have one. I used a very sharp knife.

fennel and pomegranate salad

Pomegranates are only available here from October to January. The frozen pomegranate arils freeze extremely well and will last many months in the freezer. To freeze the arils simply spread them in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours until they are frozen and then transfer to resealable freezer bags.

Fennel and Pomegranate Salad
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A crisp, bright fennel and pomegranate salad with sliced green apples.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Zest and the juice of one lime
  • 1½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple. cored and thinly sliced
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  4. In a salad bowl, toss together the sliced fennel, sliced apple with the dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds.



  1. What a beautiful and unique salad!

  2. Happy new year Marisa! This beautiful salad is perfect after 2 weeks of over indulgence!

  3. Love it Marisa! !!!!so refreshing โ˜บ

  4. Looks extremely good and refreshing!

  5. I’ll definitely be trying this. In Greece we have pomegranate trees in our garden, and I use them in salads as well as making juice in the morning, sometimes mixed with orange. Never tried freezing them though, we just eat them in season. Brilliant idea!

    • How lucky to be able to grow them in one’s garden. We have them here for such a short time so freezing them is a great option for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Beautiful salad, so fresh and crisp.

  7. Rosanna Colabella

    MMMMMM. Looks soooo good. I just printed the recipe. can’t wait to try it. Thanks Marisa xoxoxox

  8. Very special, light and delicious! wow thanks for sharing!xx

  9. All of my favorite ingredients. Looks delicious. Happy New Year to you.

  10. This salad makes watching what you eat a pleasure, thanks for the recipe.

  11. It’s beautiful. It makes me want to go out and buy a pomegranate.

  12. This is so refreshing; I love fennels! So much that I tried growing them myself. I didn’t get bulbs, just some scrawny things, all stems and leaves, LOL. Still flavorful, though. Btw, would you like to join our weekly Fiesta Friday Link Party? You’ll find that we’re a welcoming and super friendly group that would just love to feast on your Italian delectables, even if just virtually ๐Ÿ™‚

    • How wonderful to be able to grow your own fennel Angie and thank-you so much for the lovely invitation…sounds like fun. I would love to join, however I don’t know how often I would be able to participate due to an illness in the family….

  13. What a fun and light looking dish. Happy feasting.

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