Fennel Slaw

Fennel Slaw Recipe

Fennel is at its best in the middle of the summer, when I eat it sliced and tossed with lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt almost every day. You can also use fennel to make a creamy fennel slaw with just a hint of orange as in the recipe below. Save the tougher parts of the fennel bulb for recipes that give them time to soften—in pasta sauce, soup, or fish stew.–Lisa Lemke

LC What Folks Are Saying About This Recipe Note

“Crisp with a nice tang.” “The perfect combination of sweet-tart creaminess.” “The grated orange zest was so nice with the slight licorice flavor of the fennel.” “The true test of this recipe came when I served it to a couple of people who dislike fennel. They not only loved it but one ate all the leftovers the next day before I could get to it.” That’s what folks are saying about this fennel slaw recipe. As for how they’re incorporating it into their weeknight routines, here are but a handful of its myriad applications:

Plopped beside burgers and beer
Heaped on grilled salmon
Slathered on a pulled pork sandwich in lieu of cole slaw
Spooned onto a plate of fried chicken
Served with pan-roasted halibut or cod

Fennel Slaw Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • Serves 4


  • 1 large fennel bulb, fronds reserved for garnish if desired
  • Heaping 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (a 7-ounce container)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Finely grated zest from 1/2 orange, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon store bought or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper


  • 1. Halve the fennel lengthwise. Rinse and cut out the hard core in the middle and reserve it for soup or some other stewed or braised use. Very thinly slice the remaining fennel with a mandoline, a hand-held slicer, or a sharp knife.
  • 2. In a bowl, stir together the yogurt, mustard, orange zest, vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3. Toss the fennel in a serving dish, add half the yogurt mixture, and gently toss. Add as much or as little of the remaining dressing as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Taste and, if desired, season with more salt and pepper, mustard, orange zest, and/or vinegar to taste and garnish with orange zest and minced fennel fronds.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

I love the combination of orange and fennel and was curious as to how all of the flavors in this fennel slaw recipe would work together. Well, they work together very nicely. The finished slaw was crisp with a nice tang. I mixed together all the ingredients except for the fennel in a large bowl and then added the thinly sliced fennel. I used a 7-ounce container of Greek yogurt for my "heaping 3/4 cup.” I used a mandoline to make slicing the fennel an easy task. I had to cut my fennel bulb in half and then cut out the core. I put my mandoline over the bowl containing the dressing so that the slices fell into the bowl, cutting down on dirtying bowls and having to wash something else.

This was no more than a 10-minute project! The entire process was quick and easy. I found the dressing to be the perfect combination of sweet-tart creaminess. The salad did look a little drab, so I added a little grated orange zest and a bit of the fennel fronds on top. I served the slaw heaped on planked grilled salmon. Delish!

This is one of the best recipes that I have tested! I used a non-fat Greek yogurt, and the mayonnaise smoothed it out without being too fatty. The grated orange zest was so nice with the slight licorice flavor of the fennel. This fennel slaw is great served with burgers and beer. I think this would also be very good served on fish tacos. The true test of this recipe came when I served it to a couple of people who dislike fennel. They not only loved it, but one ate all the leftovers the next day before I could get to it. I used the largest fennel bulb I could find. The prep and assembly were easy and took no more than 15 minutes.


  1. This is not authentic fennel slaw. Orange zest nope. It’s not what Greek folks I knew made for me growing up.

    1. You’re right, Mark, it certainly is not traditional fennel slaw. And actually we never claimed that it was. We simply present it as a novel way in which to consume some vegetables. Would love to her more about the version you grew up with…

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