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Fennel & Arugula Salad 💚 This is the BEST salad ever and by far, one of my most VIRAL recipes to date, and with good reason is you ask me, because it is simple, delicious, and perfection!

If you loved this recipe, check out my Cucumber Fennel Salad!

Why You’ll Love Fennel & Arugula Salad

It truly is delicious, and it is one of those recipes where simplicity wins. I literally serve it every time I host and it is always a hit. The dressing… my gosh I could literally eat it by the spoonful. Another plus of the dressing is that is one of those dressings that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed with veggies, chicken, grain salads etc!


As far as substitutions go, like most of my recipes this is very versatile. You can sub Parmigiano Reggiano for Pecorino or Grana Padano. If you aren’t into arugula (GASPS AUDIBLY & JUDGES SILENTLY), you can literally use any green you do like! If you choose to use kale, then make sure to massage the dressing in! Lastly, the honey can also be easily subbed for agave nectar in the recipe, personally I don’t love it with maple syrup but feel free to give it a shot.

Recipe Tip

Always massage the dressing in VS just pouring it on top. Makes it taste better.

Fennel & Arugula Salad

By Nadia Aidi
This is the BEST salad ever aka as my number 2 of 2023! so simple and I literally serve it every time I host and it is always a hit. Don’t even get me started on the dressing…I could literally eat it by the spoonful.


  • 1-5 oz container arugula
  • 1 fennel, shaved
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano •reggiano + more for shaving over the salad
  • 1 large lemon, I did 1.5 lemons
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp honey
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste, I used my seasoned salt


  • Add the grated parmigiano to a bowl with the zest of 1 lemon, the juice of 1.5 lemons, honey, dijon, salt and olive oil. Whisk really well. Let it sit for 15-20 min
  • Shave the fennel and squeeze a bit of lemon so it doesn’t turn
  • Add the arugula and fennel to a bowl. Massage dressing in, as much or as little as you want
  • Shave more parmigiano on top and that’s it


Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. In your Fennel & Arugula Salad you listed 1.5 lemons in the ingredient list. But then in the Directions you list “juice of 2”. Did you use the juice of 1.5 or 2 lemons? thank you