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Simple Fennel Citrus Salad

6 servings Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 3 min

This simple salad pairs great with any of your favorite proteins, from fish to steak, and it’s a great way to take advantage of all that nice seasonal citrus. 

Fennel adds a unique, lightly licorice flavor and a fresh crunch to this salad. It’s rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Fennel is also a good source of the antioxidant quercetin which is known to reduce inflammation—a foundational piece of healthy aging. 

I love how a little citrus can go a long way in a dish to add flavor and color, and I highly recommend using a couple different varieties for this recipe like I did. Grapefruit is one worth including, which is also high in fiber and vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, making it a supportive food for immune health. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Wishing you health and happiness, Mark Hyman, MD

Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Easy Healthy Recipe


  • ⅓ cup raw walnuts
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 spicy red chili, thinly sliced (we used a thai chili)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 citrus of choice, we used a mix and match of Cara Cara orange, Navel orange, and grapefruit
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, thinly sliced, reserve fronds as garnish
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • ¼ cup olive oil


Step 1 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 3 minutes, remove from the oven. Set aside to cool.

Step 2 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Add the shallots and chili to a bowl together with the fish sauce and red wine vinegar to pickle while preparing the rest.

Step 3 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Section the citrus by slicing off the ends, removing the peel, then using a sharp knife to cut clean sections out between the membranes.

Step 4 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Transfer all the citrus segments into the bowl with the shallots and chili. Squeeze the citrus mixture, using your hands, to release some of the juices.

Step 5 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Toss the fennel, mint, and arugula with the citrus mixture and top with olive oil.

Step 6 Simple Fennel Citrus Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Serve in individual bowls topped with the toasted walnuts and fennel fronds.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 182, Total Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 520mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 3g, Net Carbs: 11g

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