Clementine and Fennel Salad Recipe

Clementine and Fennel Salad is light, fresh and delicious. It’s seriously easy to throw together and special enough to serve for a holiday gathering.

A close up of Clementine and Fennel Salad on a black platter.

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When I originally wrote this post, I was having one of those do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do moments. I know. I’m the worst. You see, I made this insanely delicious Fennel and Clementine Salad as my dish to pass for Christmas Day a few years ago. Everyone pretty much lost their minds over it, in the best way possible. And I knew right away that I had to share it with you guys. So I grabbed more of the fixings, took some photos and then ate it all week for lunch (#noregrets!).

An overhead shot of Clementine and Fennel Salad with plates of it on either side.

This all sounds great so far, right? Yeah, sure. Except it came time to edit the photos and I realized that I failed to add the fennel to the salad that I photographed! I’m totally embarrassed; I mean, can you imagine what would happen if my head wasn’t attached? I’m going to chalk this one up to pregnancy brain at it’s finest, since I was pregnant at the time. Bubbles was obviously eating all my brain cells (not possible? It is now!).

A plate with a Clementine and Fennel Salad with the man platter behind it.

So, yeah. It was awkward. I knew I needed to retake these photos because the fennel is a main component the salad. But I needed a minute. Between the exhaustion and discomfort of my pregnant state and the fact life took over, I waited a bit more than minute before retaking the photos. So please accept my apologies!

THe middle of a platter of Clementine and Fennel Salad.

But, in happier news, this is such a delicious and easy salad to assemble. The ingredients all play deliciously off of each other and in the interest of keeping it simple, I even bought a packaged dressing, Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette- it’s so darn amazing! You can get it here (This is not an affiliate link- it’s available on Amazon but for quadruple the price which seems silly. I personally found it at my local Wegmans).

An overhead image of the bottom half of a platter of Clementine and Fennel Salad.

You can also make your own dressing. I’d imagine that white balsamic would taste fantastic with this flavor combo, or even a lemon juice and olive oil dressing if you want to keep it super simple.

So here I am, asking you to do as I say and not as I do did and make this salad with the fennel! Seriously, go make it right now! I promise, you won’t regret it!



558 cal


40 g


22 g


32 g
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Fennel and Clementine Salad

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

Yields 6-8 servings


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  • Fennel and Clementine Salad
  • Source: The Life Jolie
  • Ingredients:
  • Mixed baby greens
  • Clementines, peeled and halved
  • Fennel, cleaned and sliced thin
  • Whole hearts of palm, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Black olives
  • Crumbly blue cheese
  • Girard's Champagne Vinaigrette, or the dressing of your choice
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Mix all vegetables in a large bowl or plate.
  2. Toss with a light amount of dressing (less is more, so start with less- you could always add more!).
  3. Add some fresh ground pepper and dive in!
  4. Enjoy


This can be assembled ahead and dressed just prior to serving.

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  • Reply
    January 11, 2016 at 10:10 am Since I'm not a huge fan of fennel to start with, I think I like it better without! So for me, the photo is perfect!
    • Reply
      January 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm I'm glad to hear it :)
  • Reply
    January 11, 2016 at 10:21 am Wow! I would have never thought about using fennel in a salad, but that looks great! Love clementines!
    • Reply
      January 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm Me too! I hope you enjoy it!
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    Tennille @ Two Kids And a Budget
    January 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm What a beautiful dish! I've never eaten fennel but am always up to try something new.
    • Reply
      January 13, 2016 at 11:06 am Thank you- It took me a little while to like fennel because it has a bit of an black licorice flavor but it's pretty subtle and has a lovely crunch (and the flavor of the fennel combines nicely with all the other ingredients). Enjoy!
  • Reply
    January 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm I am slowly starting to enjoy fennel. I would use an olive oil, fresh lemon dressing to make it even healthier. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real.
    • Reply
      January 18, 2016 at 11:36 am Healthy is definitely a good thing!

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