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Orange Fennel Salad Recipe

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This orange fennel salad is a wonderful winter recipe. It's fresh and delicious, while still being easy to make.

It combines grapefruit, Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges, crunchy fennel, and soft mozzarella into a delicious and bright fruit salad.

This great recipe is a fantastic side dish or light lunch.

A citrus fennel and mozzarella salad in a serving bowl.

Why You'll Love Citrus Fennel Salad

One of my favorite things about winter is all the citrus that’s in season! It’s just a riot of colorful, tangy citrus flavor.

This salad has three of winter’s most exciting citrus fruits - grapefruit, Cara Cara oranges, and blood oranges. These jeweled tone beauties are bright & juicy.

Grapefruit on its own can be a tad astringent for people but paired with the sweet, tangy oranges and the mellow mozzarella it really shines.

This salad recipe is a perfect side dish for 4 to 5 people. It’s easy to prepare in advance for a dinner party or it can be thrown together and served immediately.

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Here's what you'll need to make this juicy fennel orange salad recipe.

Grapefruit, oranges, blood oranges, fennel, olive oil, balsamic, mozzarella, and flaky sea salt.
  • Grapefruit
  • Cara Cara Oranges (or Navel oranges)
  • Blood Oranges
  • Fennel Bulb
  • Mozzarella
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt or Sea Salt

See the recipe card for quantities.


Slice the fennel into thin rounds. Reserve some of the fronds to top the salad.

Sliced fennel on a cutting board.

Slice the peels off the citrus fruit with a sharp knife and cutting board. Cut the citrus into thin slices.

Sliced grapefruit on a cutting board.

One of the easiest ways to remove the tough outer skin of a piece of citrus is to cut off both its ends and then run a knife along the outside, removing the skin in vertical strips.

Be careful not to take too much flesh from the piece of fruit. Remove as much white pith as possible (use a paring knife if necessary). This way of cutting the fruit gives it an interesting geometric shape as well.

Sliced citrus on a cutting board.

Arrange the grapefruit slices, orange slices, mozzarella, and raw fennel on a large plate or salad bowl.

Sliced oranges and fennel in a white serving bowl.

Mix the olive oil, balsamic, and salt briskly in a small bowl to create a vinaigrette. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette right before serving.

Optional - Sprinkle the fennel fronds across the top.

Sliced citrus, fennel, and mozzarella in a serving bowl.

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Substitutions & Variations

Want to make some changes to this salad or need to swap out ingredients? Try some of these!

  • Citrus - if you can't find Cara Cara oranges or blood oranges, swap them out for navel oranges, clementines, or pomelo.
  • Red Wine Vinegar - swap the balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar.
  • Greens - if you’d like to add another punch to this salad, dress it with some torn mint and basil, or serve it on a bed of arugula.
  • Toppings - you can add some fun toppings like pomegranate seeds, crisp red onion slices, or nuts (pine nuts or pistachios for a crunchy texture).
  • Pepper - you can add ground black pepper or white pepper to the salad as well.
  • Onions - if you'd like an allium bite, feel free to add some sliced shallots or crisp red onions.
A winter orange and fennel salad in a bowl.


You can save this salad recipe for up to 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Serving Recommendation - serve with a side of crusty bread to sop up the extra orange juice leftover.

Recommended Tools - I highly recommend using a chef's knife to cut the fruit. You may find a mandoline helpful to make the shaved fennel slices.

Diet/Allergy Alternatives - to make this recipe vegan/plant-based, swap out the mozzarella for some avocado. This salad needs some creaminess and either cheese or avocado will give you that.

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Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Orange Fennel Salad Recipe

An orange fennel salad in a large white serving bowl.

This citrus and fennel salad is a wonderful winter recipe. It's easy to make and full of the best winter fruits!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 large grapefruit, peeled & sliced into rounds
  • 2 Cara Cara oranges, peeled & sliced into rounds
  • 3 blood oranges, peeled & sliced into rounds
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced, some fronds reserved
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt


  1. Arrange the grapefruit, oranges, mozzarella, and fennel on a plate.
  2. Sprinkle the fennel fronds across the top.
  3. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar to create a vinaigrette. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette right before serving. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 507mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 12g

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